by Rebecca Kelley
We finally wade into official summer movie season this week with “Men in Black III.” But is Will Smith’s return to the big screen your best choice for Memorial Day weekend? What about something on XFINITY On Demand? We’re here to go through your options. As always, click on the movie title for more information about ordering On Demand or buying tickets through Fandango. And remember, once a “Fresh Prince,” always a “Fresh Prince.”
What’s On Demand?
Arrietty is tiny. We’re talking inches, not feet. She lives with her family in the nooks and crannies of a house owned by big people. But when she makes friends with a boy – a big boy – will her clandestine world remain secure?
Our take: This rich animated film is vibrant and moving. It’s a quiet film with stunning animation and one of the best children’s films of the year so far.
“Harry Potter’s” Daniel Radcliffe stars as a widowed lawyer who travels to a mournful, dreary town to investigate the estate of a client family. Only problem? Nobody wants him there – neither the living nor the dead. But the dead are especially cranky about it.
Our take: It’s odd to see Harry Potter playing a widowed husband and father. He does it well, and it’s obviously not his fault, but it’s still odd. The film relies more on suspense and thrills than gore, more on creeps than jumps. How much a horror fan likes this film depends on how old-school they are in their horror fandom.
This is the story of the Tuskegee Airmen. They’re African-American fighter pilots who only wanted to be given a chance to serve their country amid the segregated military of WWII, and who proved themselves over and over again after being granted that chance.
Our take: A great American story deserves a better movie than this one. The intent is good, but the execution is all stock characters, cornball speeches and clichés. The audience knows exactly where everything is going and how it will get there. Hopefully, someone will remake this story with a better script.
Reese Witherspoon is a girl next door who’s cuter than cute. Two CIA agents, played by Chris Pine and Tom Hardy, vie for her affections. Being CIA agents and all, they have some big toys with which to vie. Nothing says love like a spy drone hovering over your house.
Our take: The movie is so silly and goofy that major violations of privacy that would normally fall under the category of stalking actually come off as sweet and heartfelt. It’s easy to believe two men would fall for Reese, but belief must be suspended to enjoy the rest of the story. Those who do suspend belief, however, will be rewarded with a fun and unusual romantic comedy that will appeal to men more than most rom-coms do.
What’s in Theaters?
Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones return as Agents J and K and they’re still keeping the world safe from (and for) the aliens among us. Josh Brolin stars as the young Agent K, whom Agent J must go back in time to save. As it turns out, the past, like the present, is populated with undercover aliens. Come to think of it, that explains a lot.
Our take: Still fresh after all these years, Will Smith pulls off his third stint as Agent J with charm and wit. He’s a delight to watch on screen, so much so that the logical inconsistencies of the story don’t matter. The same humor is there. Although it’s not really a shock to find out Lady Gaga is an extra-terrestrial, there are a few other undercover aliens that make for some guffaws. This film is a lot of fun.
Ticket or Click It?
Ticket! Strap on your skinny black ties and sunglasses, and take a spin with “Men in Black III,” the long-awaited return of a favorite franchise.
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