KEANU || Attempting to bring the spoof comedies back, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peel give this parody of “John Wick” their best shot, as they head out to defend the honor of their stolen cat. What ends up feeling like an SNL skit that was allowed a feature film, all the comedy lasts for about half an hour while the rest is self-indulgent and completely overdone. Having never gotten into Key & Peel’s television show, however, it may that this is just not my type of humor.
MOTHER’S DAY || Despite following in the footsteps of holiday films like “Valentines Day” and “New Years Eve,” the latest is “Mother’s Day,” from the director of “Pretty Woman” and also starring Julia Roberts. What this film does have going for it is an exceptional cast with Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Britt Robertson, and Jason Sudeikis filling out the supporting roles. The storylines are anything but original, but with the right mix of talent, this could be tolerable.
RATCHET & CLANK || Based on the video game series of the same title, “Ratchet & Clank” is one of the mediocre animated titles from an independent studio that is trying its hardest to compete with the likes of Disney, Pixar, and Dreamworks to no avail. The humor and production quality is at least somewhat above what normally comes out of these independent ventures, but it is still light-years away from anything the major studios are putting out.
TERM LIFE || On the surface, I passed on “Term Life,” a quasi-thriller starring Vince Vaughn with a strange haircut and Hailee Steinfeld as his daughter who go on the run when a job goes bad. There’s nothing special so far, but as the trailer plays out, you start seeing recognizable faces galore, with Terrence Howard, Jon Favreau, Bill Paxton, and Taraji P. Henson filling out the cast.