Ticket or Click It: We Built This City…

Malin Akerman and Tom Cruise in 'Rock of Ages' (Photo: WB)

by Rebecca Kelley

Summertime is here, and the living is easy. What to watch during long summer days? A movie, of course. But is it better to watch something at home with XFINITY On Demand or take a trip to your local theater? “Ticket or Click It” will break down the options. Click on the movie titles for more information about ordering On Demand or buying tickets through Fandango. And don’t forget the sunscreen!


What’s On Demand?

Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds

When a wealthy businessman makes friends with the maid who cleans his office, he finds there’s more to life than chasing the almighty dollar.

Our take: Not everyone enjoys Tyler Perry’s films, but I kinda like them. Sure, they’re melodramatic. Sure, Perry sometimes relies too heavily on stereotypes, but he makes movies about things no one else does. Maybe we all need a little corny goodness in our lives.

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

Nic Cage is the Ghost Rider – the devil’s bounty hunter – but, as quoted from the studio blurb, “he may risk everything as he teams up with the leader of a group of rebel monks (Idris Elba) to save a young boy from the devil… and possibly rid himself of his curse forever.” Yeah. Seriously.

Our take: Listen, I’m gonna level with you. I didn’t see this film. I could have. I didn’t. Because it’s Nic Cage as the devil’s bounty hunter, on a motorcycle, teaming with rebel monks. Nobody needs that. Nobody.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) sets off to solve the mysterious death of the Crown Prince of Austria. It leads, as these things so often do, to an evil mastermind named Moriarty (Jared Harris), a dastardly scheme, and lots of tormenting of his partner Watson (Jude Law).

Our take: The plot doesn’t make logical sense, Watson, but it doesn’t matter, because the movie is more about Robert Downey Jr.’s incorrigible Holmes wreaking mayhem on poor Watson’s life. The movie is enjoyable and good popcorn escapist fun.


What’s in Theaters?

That’s My Boy

Donny (Adam Sandler) is a loser. An alcoholic, boorish, lewd loser who owes back taxes.Which is odd, because he did a pretty cool thing (in the real world, at least) – he raised his son all by himself. The son (Andy Samberg), who is on the verge of getting married, wants nothing to do with his estranged father. However, Donny is determined to reconnect, for money’s sake if not sentiment, even if it means endless tacky erection jokes.

Our take: Possibly the worst movie ever made. Gross, disgusting, lazy and not funny. Although “Jack and Jill” is also vying for that title. Adam, Adam, Adam – what happened to you? Where’s the guy from “Punch Drunk Love?” I used to think you just lost your way, but now I think you actively hate us and want to punish us for something we did. We’re sorry. Can we please stop the torture?

Rock of Ages

Using every rock anthem from your junior high dances, this musical pits sanctimonious church ladies against rockers and two pure-hearted lovers with dreams. But mostly, it’s just about the music.

Our take: Tom Cruise steals the show as Stacee Jaxx, a dissipated rocker awash in a sea of scantily clad women. He can rock, too. Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta and a cast of characters belt out Pat Benatar, Def Leppard, Whitesnake and Bon Jovi with conviction. It’s a fun, thumping trip down memory lane in which the story matters very little and the set pieces, pulsating with music, matter very much. It’s fun. Come for the music but stay for Cruise’s rock god with a monkey.


Ticket or Click It?

Ticket! Get out your studded leather and tease up your hair for “Rock of Ages.”


The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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