Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun
by Kam Williams
OPENING THIS WEEK
BIG BUDGET FILMS
Keanu (R for violence, sexuality, nudity, drug use and pervasive profanity) Suburbia meets the 'hood comedy about a couple of bourgie cousins (Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele) who pose as drug-dealing gangstas in order to rescue a beloved pet from the ghetto. With Nia Long, Will Forte and Method Man.
Mother's Day (PG-13 for profanity and suggestive material) Ensemble comedy revolving around a cornucopia of characters whose lives serendipitously intersect over the course of a very eventful week leading up to Mother's Day. Cast includes Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Julia Roberts, Kate Hudson, Loni Love, Hector Elizondo and Jon Lovitz.
Ratchet & Clank (PG for action and rude humor) Animated adaptation of the sci-fi video game about a mechanic (James Arnold Taylor) who joins forces with a renegade robot (David Kaye) to prevent an evil alien (Paul Giamatti) from destroying every planet in the galaxy. Voice cast includes Sly Stallone, John Goodman, Bella Thorne, Rosario Dawson and Jim Ward.
Special Correspondents (Unrated) Ricky Gervais wrote, directed and co-stars in this remake of Envoyes Tres Speciaux, the French farce about a radio journalist (Eric Bana) and assistant (Gervais) who decide to fake their own disappearance and flee to New York during an uprising in a South American Banana Republic. With Vera Farmiga, America Ferrara and Benjamin Bratt.
INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS
3rd Street Blackout (Unrated) Romantic comedy about a tech-addicted couple (Negin Farsad and Jeremy Redleaf) forced by a Huirricane Sandy power outage to face each other sans electronic devices. With Janeane Garofalo, Devin Ratray and Ed Weeks.
A Beautiful Planet (G) Jennifer Lawrence narrates this eco-documentary examining humanity's relationship with the Earth via footage shot from the International Space Station.
Dough (Unrated) Unlikely-buddies dramedy about a Jewish shopkeeper (Jonathan Pryce) who revives his failing bakery with the help of his Muslim apprentice's (Jerome Holder) marijuana-spiked yeast. With Ian Hart, Philip Davis and Malachi Kirby.
The Family Fang (R for profanity) Jason Bateman directed this adaptation of Kevin Wilson's best seller about a brother (Bateman) and sister's (Nicole Kidman) search for their performance artist parents (Christopher Walken and Maryann Plunkett) who disappeared without a trace. Cast includes Kathryn Hahn, Jason Butler Harner and Marin Ireland.
The Man Who Knew Infinity (PG-13 for smoking and mature themes) Adaptation of the best-seller of the same name about a promising math prodigy (Dev Patel) brought to Cambridge University from the slums of India by a professor (Jeremy Irons) who recognized the kid's genius. Cast includes Toby Jones, Stephen Fry and Jeremy Northam. (In Tamil and English with subtitles)
Papa Hemingway in Cuba (R for profanity, sexuality, nudity and some violence) Slice-of-life biopic, set in Havana, recounting the friendship Ernest Hemingway (Adrian Sparks) forged with a reporter from Miami (Giovanni Ribisi) during the Cuban Revolution. With Minka Kelly, Mariel Hemingway, James Remar and Joely Richardson.