Keanu In a world where Prince dies at age 57 and Bernie Sanders turns out to be just another vindictive, self-interested jerk, it's easy to become jaded. But every now and then, a movie project comes along the core elements of which simply resist cynicism. To wit; Key & Peele + Cat. Key & Peele + Cat! Key & Peele + Cat! What's not to love about the greatest comedy duo of our time taking on vicious ganglords to retrieve their precious pet kitten? It's like The Ransom of Red Chief in reverse, dawg! (I totally bet that was the pitch meeting.) Plus, the director is Peter Atencio, who worked on the duo's now-classic sketch series. So yeah, not a single reason to scoff here. Even Prince would have agreed! (R)
Mother's Day Having capitalized on every holiday you hope will be good but always sucks, the makers of New Year's Eve and Valentine's Day now take aim at a holiday you probably just consider a big pain in the ass. No, emotional investment in the subject matter probably isn't the main hook of this multigenerational ensemble comedy, which purports to star "four of the biggest stars in the world." And who might they be, pray tell? Jennifer Aniston (OK, I can go with that), Julia Roberts (questionable these days, but don't tell your mom), Jason Sudeikis (hey, I like We're the Millers more than the next guy, but come on) and Kate Hudson (yeah, no. Pretty much a giveaway that she and Garry Marshall have pictures of each other doing something terrible). (R)
Papa Hemingway in Cuba An admiring young journalist accepts an invitation to accompany Ernest Hemingway on a fishing trip, only to discover that the great writer is (wait for it) troubled and difficult. (Aaaaaaand I just shat.) The movie itself is the first Hollywood feature lensed in Cuba in half a century; according to initial reports, the challenges of such an undertaking are evident in certain aspects of the final product. Like lighting. And sound. Hey, a real man doesn't care about those things, damn it! (R)
Ratchet & Clank Keeping faith with fans of the PlayStation franchise, this big-screen adaptation relies on a story by creator T.J. Fixman and retains voice actors James Arnold Taylor and David Kaye in the roles of a feline mechanic and a brainy robot who team up to save the galaxy. Only one question remains to be answered: Which Blu-ray is your grandma going to buy you by mistake: Guardians of the Galaxy or Big Hero 6? (PG)
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