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Movie planner: 'Mother's Day,' 'Keanu,' 'Green Room' and more movies opening

OPENING FRIDAY:

MOTHER'S DAY

As a director, Garry Marshall never knew a special day he didn't want to spoil. Valentine's Day, New Year's Eve, countless weddings, each have fallen victim to his all-star, no-laughs strategy.

Now it's time for Mother's Day (PG-13) to get the Marshall treatment. Nothing needs explaining except that Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, Kate Hudson, Jason Sudeikis and others will miss true love while it slaps them in their faces, until realizing he/she has been there all along.

Mother's Day wasn't screened in time for Weekend.

KEANU

Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele move from Comedy Central to multiplexes with Keanu (R), a spoof of violent action flicks like John Wick starring Keanu Reeves, who has little to do with this movie.

Here, Keanu is a cat adopted by Peele and then kidnapped by drug dealers. Key joins his friend's scheme to pose as even badder dudes and retrieve the cat. Because this is a comedy, we'll assume that's a bad idea.

A B- review will be published at tampabay.com/movies.

GREEN ROOM

Who is the sexier beast, Ben Kingsley or Patrick Stewart in Green Room (R)? Comparisons are inevitable, because both are bald and relentlessly evil in their respective turns against type. Sexy Beast was as far from Gandhi as Kingsley could get. Green Room isn't Capt. Picard by a long shot.

Stewart plays Darcy Banker, a tame name for the leader of a vicious gang of white power skinheads. A punk rock band witnesses one of their murders then scrambles to survive. Darcy commands his minions to not make it so.

A B+ review will be published at tampabay.com/movies.

RATCHET & CLANK

Coming (and leaving) soon to a theater near you is Ratchet & Clank (PG), not the first movie based on a video game, but obviously existing solely to sell another one, now available.

Ratchet (voice of James Arnold Taylor) is a Lombax from planet Veldin, who finds a new friend in Clank (David Kaye), a robot. Together they seek to destroy the universe-coveting Chairman Drek (Paul Giamatti).

Yes, Paul Giamatti. Plus John Goodman and Sylvester Stallone. Don't worry, these fine actors didn't stoop to voicing the video game itself, but Rosario Dawson and Bella Thorne did. PlayStation cinema at its finest.

FREE HISTORY: PASSAGE AT ST. AUGUSTINE

A violent flashpoint in the civil rights movement is witnessed in Passage at St. Augustine, a documentary presented tonight, as part of YWCA Tampa Bay's Stand Against Racism campaign.

Admission is free to the 6 p.m. screening at All Children's Hospital Education and Conference Center, 701 Fourth St. S in St. Petersburg. Preregistration is required at ywcaoftampabay.org.

Director Clennon L. King of Boston, a former television news journalist in Jacksonville, interviewed 44 participants in a 1964 summer of conflict in St. Augustine. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (no relation) was one of dozens of African-Americans arrested or assaulted by the Ku Klux Klan, police and citizen bigots over 18 months of unrest.

"Like the Black Lives Matter movement, the St. Augustine campaign was inspired, initiated and driven by young black activists," Clennon King said by email. "This iconic story … is timely, relevant and timeless, offering a chance for our children to mark history, so as not to repeat it."

King will lead a Q&A session after his one-hour documentary.

in theaters: our Top 5

Current movies recommended by the Tampa Bay Times:

1 Miles Ahead: Writer-director Don Cheadle reveals music legend Miles Davis.

2 Demolition: There's no more interesting actor working today than Jake Gyllenhaal.

3 Midnight Special: Three-quarters great, the rest merely gripping.

4 Green Room: Punk rockers chased by skinheads, in a gut-twisting thriller.

5 Eye in the Sky: Antiterrorism military officer (Helen Mirren) conducts drone warfare.

UPCOMING RELEASES

(dates subject to change)

May 6: Captain America: Civil War

May 13: The Darkness; Money Monster; Kidnap; The Man Who Knew Infinity

May 20: Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising; Angry Birds; The Nice Guys

May 27: X-Men: Apocalypse; Alice Through the Looking Glass; The Lobster; The Meddler

June 3: Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows; Me Before You

June 10: Warcraft; Now You See Me 2; The Conjuring 2: The Endfield Experiment

June 17: Finding Dory; Central Intelligence

June 24: Independence Day: Resurgence; Free State of Jones; Swiss Army Man

June 29: The The Shallows

July 1: The Legend of Tarzan; The Purge: Election Night; The BFG

July 8: The Secret Life of Pets; Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

Movie planner: 'Mother's Day,' 'Keanu,' 'Green Room' and more movies opening 04/27/16 [Last modified: Friday, April 29, 2016 1:36pm]
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