Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Opening This Week - April 29

Wide Release:


Keanu

Directed by: Peter Atencio
Runtime: 1hr, 38mins
Comedy

Sketch comics Key and Peele take their brand of comedy to the big screen with their first feature that looks like a parody of John Wick (after all the cat's name is "Keanu"). Whether the film works or not will depend largely on whether they can create a fully fledged story, based on essentially extending a cute cat video, without overstaying their welcome. If the initial mixed reception is to be believed, that's exactly where "Keanu" struggles.


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Mother's Day

Directed by: Garry Marshall
Runtime: 1hr, 58mins
Comedy, Drama

Well Garry Marshall is back with another ensemble holiday film, so he can add to a subgenre that has served up bad films that have received mostly negative reviews ("Valentine's Day" is sitting at 18 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, while "New Year's Eve" is maintaining a whopping 7 percent). Yet apparently and very surprisingly, these films make enough money to warrant making more of them. Feel free to throw in accusations of more Hollywood "whitewashing."


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Ratchet & Clank

Directed by: Kevin Munroe and Jericca Cleland
Runtime: 1hr, 34mins
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

The film adaptation of the popular game franchise will finally get a release this weekend after a lengthy time in development. It's obvious it wants to be a franchise, and if things go well it could herald a new (hopefully successful) world in which video game movies work. I've long claimed that video games make for a strong potential source of stories for the world of film and television should someone come along and properly adapt them. Sadly, so far the failed attempts outnumber the successful ones. Though with a handful of video game movies coming out this year (including this one, "The Angry Birds Movie," "Warcraft," and "Assassin's Creed") there's a chance video games could join comic books as a popular source for film material. 


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Green Room

Directed by: Jeremy Saulnier
Runtime: 1hr, 35mins
Crime, Thriller

Expanding its limited release this week is the already widely well received crime thriller "Green Room." Director Jeremy Saulnier endeared himself to critics and cinephiles alike with his well received 2013 film "Blue Ruin." Like most young directors who impress with an early critically acclaimed indie project, Saulnier was offered big budget work from Hollywood, but chose instead to keep working on smaller projects of his own creation. "Green Room" is his latest film and it's already getting critical praise. It's a horror thriller that casts Patrick Stewart in a different light, and stars young talents Anton Yelchin and Imogen Poots.


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Limited Releases:


Papa Hemingway in Cuba

Directed by: Bob Yari
Runtime: 1hr, 49mins
Drama, Biography

The first film shot in Cuba in 50 years cares so much about advertising itself as such that it literally put it in the title. It looks like a solid thriller about the friendship between journalist Ed Meyers and Ernest Hemingway. And to give it some authenticity (aside from being shot in Cuba), it was written by war correspondent and friend of Hemmingway's Denne Bart Petitclerc.


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Directed by: Ricky Gervais
Runtime: 1hr, 40mins
Comedy


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The Man Who Knew Infinity

Directed by: Matt Brown
Runtime: 1hr, 48mins
Drama, Biography


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