Davis: A collection of comedies coming up

On the topic of comedies that might be worth a look, Keanu comes out this weekend.

Julia Roberts (left) with Jennifer Aniston in the ensemble comedy Mother’s Day.

Continuing his holiday-themed movies Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve, Garry Marshall (Pretty Woman) is back with the ensemble comedy Mother’s Day.

In this tribute to mothers, he brings together Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Julia Roberts, Jason Sudeikis, Britt Robertson, TimotHy Olyphant and Hector Elizondo as a group of seemingly unconnected people whose stories intertwine as they come to terms with the relationships they have with their mothers.

Sandy (Aniston) is a divorced mother of two boys whose ex-husband (Olyphant) has recently remarried a younger woman. Miranda (Roberts) is an accomplished writer who gave up her only child Kristin (Robertson) at birth. But as a grown-up Kristin prepares for marriage, she is encouraged by her friend Jesse (Kate Hudson) to connect with her natural mother.

At the same time, Jesse is estranged from her mother but is surprised by both her parents when they come to visit and must come to terms with their failing relationship.

While Marshall’s ensemble comedies have never reached the greatness of the ultimate ensemble romantic comedy Love Actually, they are still charming entertainment and worth a look.

On the topic of comedies that might be worth a look, Keanu comes out this weekend. If you have seen the previews, it looks like a sweet comedy featuring a cute kitty.

But don’t be fooled into thinking this is a sweet comedy. It is from the minds of Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, better known as Comedy Central’s Key and Peele, so expect violence, language and more.

After their beloved kitten is stolen, the hopelessly straight-laced pair must impersonate ruthless killers in order to infiltrate a street gang and retrieve the purloined feline. But the incredibly adorable kitten becomes so coveted that the fight over his custody creates a gang war, forcing our two unwitting heroes to take the law into their own hands.

Based on the popular video game, Ratchet and Clank tells the story of two unlikely heroes as they struggle to stop a vile alien named Chairman Drek from destroying every planet in the Solana Galaxy. When the two stumble upon a dangerous weapon capable of destroying entire planets, they must join forces with a team of colorful heroes called The Galactic Rangers in order to save the galaxy.

Along the way they’ll learn about heroism, friendship, and the importance of discovering one’s own identity. Featuring the voices of Paul Giamatti, John Goodman, Bella Thorne, Rosario Dawson and Sylvester Stallone, it was produced at Vancouver’s Rainmaker Entertainment.

If you were a fan of the Edmonton rock band The Smalls in the 1990s, you will want to check out The Smalls: Forever is a Long Time opening at the Grand 10.

This documentary features interviews with musicians, fans and band members as they discuss the history of band and its influences including jazz, hardcore punk, speed metal and country. It follows the band from their formation in 1989 to their break up in 2001 and subsequent reunion tour in 2014.

 

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