Weekend Reviews: “Keanu” clicks, “Mother’s Day” and “Hemingway” don’t

Mother2A couple of pictures going into wide release this weekend are earning widespread endorsements.

A couple of others, not so much.

“Keanu” is mostly for fans of Comedy Central’s “Key & Peele” sketch-comedy series. It’s a sloppily-plotted, violent, hit-or-miss R-rated farce. It hits more than it misses, largely thanks to the whole metrosexual-dad-dealing-with-gang members thing that Keegan-Michael Key plays so well.

And it’s got the cutest kitten (many stunt kittens) ever to appear on the big screen. So it works and gets endorsed by most reviewers.

“Green Room” is the best thriller of the new year, a sort-of horror movie without zombies, supernatural slashers or alien monsters. A rock band gets trapped backstage at a Nazi skinhead club. Rave reviews for “Green Room.”

It goes into wider release this weekend, and opens in Orlando at the Enzian.

Garry Marshall’s latest “all-star” slab of sloppy sentiment, “Mother’s Day,” won’t do much for discerning filmgoers. It’ll almost certainly draw a big crowd. Julia Roberts and Jennifer Aniston have their fans. Jason Sudeikis has his…never mind.

Critically trashed, up and down the line. Nuked.

“Papa Hemingway in Cuba” is a maudlin, malnourished melodrama that was shot in Cuba — the first “Hollywood feature” filmed there since Castro’s revolution. A nice sense of place, a sloppy, anachronism-packed set-dressing that occasionally spoils the “moment in time,” and an unimpressive Papa ruin it. Terrible reviews for this one. 

In limited release, Jason Bateman’s adaption of the novel “The Family Fang” gets a pass from critics. We love J. Bates. I found the movie heartless and almost pointless, though. 


About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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