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Director Garry Marshall gets the calendar out for another “holiday” film, “Mother’s Day”

Garry Marshall (New Years Eve, Valentines Day) got the calendar out and made another multi arc romantic comedy full of A-list Hollywood stars for “Mother’s day”. Mothers Day stars Jennifer Aniston, Timothy Olyphant, Kate Hudson, Julia Roberts, Hector Elizondo Margo Martindale and Jason Sudeikis in a look at the different versions of family’s celebrating Mother’s Day.

Sandy and Henry (Aniston & Olyphant) are the friendliest divorced couple you would ever meet. They are parents of two boys. Sandy is shocked when she learns Henry has secretly remarried a woman half his age and now may be splitting time with her boys on Mother’s Day.

Jesse (Hudson) is married to an Indian doctor and has a young son Tanner. She is estranged from her mother Flo (Martindale) who didn’t approve of Jesse dating an Indian man. Jesse sister and next door neighbor Gabi (Sarah Chalke) also hiding the fact that she is gay and is married to a woman. The big surprise happens when Flo and Earl (Robert Pine) roll up in their RV to surprise the girls for Mother’s day!

Bradley (Sudeikis) is struggling with the upcoming holiday. Bradley is a widower after his wife was killed in action overseas and now trying to cope with grief and raise two girls on his own. He tells his daughters that there will be no Mother’s Day celebration, a mistake for girls missing their mother.

Finally, Miranda (Roberts) is a celebrity host on HSN pushing mood necklace as the perfect gift for Mother’s day. Miranda claims she is not a mother until her agent Lance (Elizondo) brings her a girl that claims to be her daughter.

All these stories end up intersecting in this predictable holiday tale. As with Marshall’s previous attempts at holiday bliss, some of the stories hit but most just miss and are boring.

Mother’s day is the gift you don’t want to give to your mother this May! Do the right thing and get her some flowers or candy, both are better options than this bad romantic comedy.

Rated PG-13 (Language, Sexual References)

Rating 1/6

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Keanu- Karl “the Flick Fanatic” Sides

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Key & Peele go gangster in order to save their kitten in “Keanu”!

Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele are the Comedy Central sketch comedy duo “Key & Peele” and now are hitting the big screen with the new “gangsta” comedy “Keanu”. Keanu also stars rapper Method man, Nia Long and Will Forte.

Rell Williams (Peele) is depressed after his girlfriend left him. Clarence Goobril (Key), metro –sexual, husband, father of two and best friend of Rell plans a guy’s weekend to lift his spirits. Rell hears a scratch at his door and finds the cutest kitten there and he immediately names Keanu. Clarence arrives to a smiling Rell and meets his new little buddy Keanu.

The guys go out and catch a movie only to return to Rell’s house to find it robbed and Keanu gone. The boys go see Hulka (Forte), Rell’s weed dealer and next door neighbor. He tells them that the Blips (a gang that the Crips and Bloods won’t take) may have taken Keanu. Rell and Clarence go down to the strip club to meet Cheddar (Method Man), leader of the Blips.

Rell and Clarence are mistaken for two assassins known as the Allentown boys (an urban version of the Boondock Saints also played by Key & Peele) and welcomed into the Blips by Cheddar. He agrees to give them back his gang kitten if they show his crew how they do business in Allentown. Rell takes Hi-C (Tiffany Haddish) on the drug deal while Clarence has the rest of the gang listening to George Michael in the minivan escape vehicle. Following a game of truth or dare with Anna Farris and her Hollywood pals that ends with gun fire, Rell and Hi-C get the cash and the Blips return to party at the club. Clarence lets loose and smokes a crack pipe and has a hallucination of Keanu speaking to him (with the voice of Keanu Reeves) with quotes from the Matrix and Bill and Ted! This is the funniest part of the film!!

Keanu was a surprise. It was funnier than I expected from the trailers. That being said, “Keanu” suffers from the same problem many sketch comedy bits turned into 90 minute movies do…..long filler gaps that aren’t funny. The laughs in Keanu are good but too few and far between! Fans of Key & Peele will like the film but if you are looking for a comedy this weekend catch it at a bargain matinee or wait for DVD!

Rated R (Language, Violence, Drugs and Nudity)

Rating: 3 out of 6

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The Huntsman: Winter’s War-Karl “the Flick Fanatic” Sides

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Hemsworth and Chastain look in the mirror and see likeness of Charlize Theron in the Chilly film “The Huntsman: Winter’s War”

Chris Hemsworth (Erik) and Charlize Theron (Queen Ravenna)return in “The Huntsman: Winter’s War”, the sequel to the 2012 film Snow White and the Huntsman. There is no trace of Kristen Stewart (thank goodness!), but we are introduced to some new characters played by Emily Blunt (Queen Freya), Jessica Chastain (Sara), Nick Frost (Nion) and Rob Brydon (Gryff).

Winters War picks up after Erik and Snow White have defeated Ravenna, and supposedly killed her, leaving the magic golden mirror in the castle slowly killing Snow White. A small group of soldiers were sent with the mirror to store it away in sanctuary and never to be seen again. The mirror never made it there. Erik is commanded to find the mirror and with dwarves Nion and Gryff get it to the safety of santuary.

This is when we get the back story on the huntsman. We learn about Freya, Ravenna’s sister who fell in love only to have her beau burn their child alive. This sends Freya reeling and she spurns love and releases her icy powers. She leaves for the north, setting up her kingdom and begins to conquer the north. She steals children and trains them to be her huntsman army. To fall in love is forbidden. Erik and fellow huntsman Sars are Freya best warriors and as the grew older they grew closer and secretly marry. Freya sees this with her spying ice owl and pits the lovers against each other telling them, “If you can get to each other you can leave.” They are then surrounded by the other huntsman and the battle begins. Sara and Erik beat the other and just before joining hands Freya erects a wall of ice between them. Erik is beaten and thrown in the river, left for dead. Not before he sees Sara stabbed and killed.

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BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT- Karl “the Flick Fanatic” Sides

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Ice Cube, Common and Cedric are ending gang violence one fade at a time!

The gang (Ice Cube, Common, Eve, Cedric the Entertainer, J B Smoove, Anthony Anderson and Regina Hall) are back at Calvin’s barbershop for the third installment, “Barbershop: The Next Cut.” We are also treated to eye candy played by Nicki Manaj showing her ample cleavage and wearing outfits 3 sizes too small.

Calvin’s (Ice Cube) barbershop right on the line between two feuding gangs and the violence is coming into the shop. Calvin secretly gets with One-Stop (Smoove) to find a new location for Calvin’s on the safer northside of Chicago. Calvin and Angie’s (Hall) son Jalen (Michael Rainey Jr.) is in high school and an aspiring basketball player. The school notified Calvin that Jalen’s been fighting, grades are slipping and Angie found gang colors in his room. That sealed the move.

Everyone else spends days discussing violence, racism, dating and politics in the barbershop with Eddie (Cedric) dropping a humorous one liner. Rashad (Common) also has a son, Kenny (Diallo Thompson), who hangs out with Jalen and being pressured by the gangs. Rashad is also dtruggling with his marriage to Terri (Eve) while fending off the flirtatious Draya (Manaj).

The group decides to donate free haircuts all weekend during the gang cease-fire to show the city officials that the neighborhood can be saved.

Barbershop: the Next Cut is the same barbershop we have seen the previous 2 films. This one does carry the message “Black Lives Matter” and a speech by Common about racial crime, that hopefully gets to the audience. The problem is there is too much message and not enough humor. My favorite scene is when a mother brings her lying little boy in for a haircut from Eddie and he leaves looking like George Jefferson!

If you are a fan of the other Barbershop films, you will like this one too. If you are looking for a funny movie you may want to wait on this haircut until it is on DVD.

RATING 3.5\6

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JUNGLE BOOK- Karl “the Flick Fanatic” Sides

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Jon Favreau brings the Disney classic to the big screen in all it’s live action and 3D glory!

Disney has been releasing live action versions of their animated classics like Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland and the under-whelming Snow White and the Huntsman. The latest in the series, directed by Jon Favreau (Ironman) is a live action version of “Jungle Book”.

Favreau has collected the best group of actors to voice the beloved jungle animals including Bill Murray (Baloo), Scarlett Johansson (Kaa), Idris Elba (Shere Khan), Ben Kingsley (Bagheera), Lupita Nyong’o (Raksha) and Christopher Walken (King Louie) opposite newcomer Neel Seethi, who plays the man cub Mowgli.

The story is the same as the animated classic with Mowgli rescued by the black panther Bagheera and taken to be raised by the wolves and his mother Raksha. Mowgli was an orphan after Shere Khan killed his father. Khan sustained a horrible burn on his face that fuels his fire to find the man cub and kill it. Bagheera agrees to take Mawgli to the man village and safety from Shere Khan.

Along the way, Khan ambushes the duo and separates Mowgli and Bagheera. Mowgli escapes Khan and is unaware if Bagheera is alive or dead. The man cub stumbles upon the temptress Kaa, a seductive anaconda that is putting the squeeze on the boy until he is rescued by Baloo the bear.

Baloo is a bear with an angle, he wants Mowgli to get him honey on the cliff edge (Baloo can’t climb).Mowgli is happy living the life of the “bear necessities” with Baloo until he is kidnapped by monkeys and taken to King Louie.  Mowgli’s journey winds through the jungle and ends up with a confrontation with the Bengal tiger Shere Khan!

Jungle Book is breath-taking and the BEST DISNEY LIVE ACTION FILM MADE! I normally avoid talking animal films, but Bill Murray and Christopher Walken are perfect as the iconic jungle characters. Jungle Book is also the best 3D film since Avatar!

Walk, Run, Swing and jump all the way to the theater and see “Jungle Book” on the big screen in IMAX 3D! The entire family will love it and leave singing, “eeeeeew I want to be like you:” and demanding more cowbell!

Rating: 6/6!!!