by Rebecca Kelley
Happy June! Should you kick off the new month by watching something in the comfort of your home with XFINITY On Demand or get dolled up and head to your local theater? What’s the best choice? We’re here to let you know your options. Click on the movie title for more information about ordering On Demand or buying tickets through Fandango. And enjoy!
What’s On Demand?
There’s this man, see? And he’s out on a ledge, see? The kind of ledge way, way up on a high rise building? And he’s not going to come down until he proves he’s not a crooked cop like everybody says, see?
Our take: Boring! The plot is pretty much in the title, except the guy has a covert team that has to break into a building to get evidence to prove his innocence. Mostly, he stands on the ledge while the other characters try to impersonate a wacky jewel heist movie. Paging “Pink Panther”!
What’s In Theaters?
The piranhas are back, and this time they’ve developed lungs and flopped into your bedroom. No, wait, that was a dream. The real story is just as silly, though. The piranhas have invaded a water park. Now the “Tunnel of Love” is even scarier!
Our take: This movie wasn’t screened for critics, and for good reason. “Piranha 3DD” and serious movie critics are like matter and anti-matter. They cannot exist in the same space. Movies like this make NPR fear for the future of humanity. But be honest… isn’t that why we love ’em?
Telling a true story, this movie recounts the Cristero War in Mexico in the 1920s, when a dictator outlawed religion. Faithful Catholics eventually took up arms to fight for their religious freedom, some of them martyred by the end. An agnostic (Andy Garcia) leaves his wife (Eva Longoria) and children to lead the cause. Although he is not a believer, he knows there can be no compromise in the cause of freedom.
Our take: A moving but uneven story of faith and faithfulness, this film will be beloved by Christians, whether Protestant or Catholic. It’s rated R, for bloody torture and martyrdoms, so it’s not a family film despite its lack of sexuality or language. However, it is a film that will inspire people of faith.
Wes Anderson lets us back inside his brain in this story about two young – very young – lovers and their mad dash to freedom. Sam and Suzy are just twelve, but they find each other to be the missing piece in their young lives. Sam escapes his Khaki Scout camp and Suzy leaves her home. Together they trek across a Canadian island with parents, scouts and police in hot pursuit. You see, there’s a storm coming that will put a damper on young love.
Our take: Very, very Wes Anderson-y, but the good Wes Anderson and not the bad. The sets and shots are meticulously crafted and gorgeous. The film is wryly hilarious, full of whimsy and charm. At times, it’s a little creepy, but underneath it has a strong, good heart. If you like Wes Anderson, and you know who you are, you’ll be pleased with it.
Kristen Stewart is the Snow White to Charlize Theron’s Evil Queen. When the princess escapes the castle, the queen sends a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) to track her. As in the traditional story, he declines to take her heart to the Queen. Unlike the traditional story, he sticks around as Snow White goes all Joan of Arc on the kingdom by leading her people against the Queen.
Our take: Part fairy tale and part “Braveheart” with a little “Lord of the Rings” thrown in, this movie juxtaposes gritty, dirty, brutal medieval life with light-filled, charmed, gorgeous fairy tale magic. Some scenes are breathtakingly beautiful. Theron makes a fantastic evil queen, all paranoid about aging and full of unrepentant selfishness. Her costumes are marvelous as well. The movie isn’t perfect. Some scenes fall flat, but overall it’s worth seeing. Some scenes will be too spooky for pre-teens, but it’s a charming movie for older kids.
Ticket or Click It?
Ticket! Check out Bella Swan, er, I mean, Kristen Stewart in all her armor-clad glory in “Snow White and the Huntsman.”
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