Written by and starring comedic duo Key & Peele, Keanu feels like most movies based on sketch comedy. More a collection of gags than a truly engaging story, the film offers the basic set-up of two regular guy thrown into desperate circumstances through no fault of their own when a gangster’s kitten shows up on Rell’s (Jordan Peele) door. When the cat is stolen the pair will struggle to play the roles of drug dealing killers to get little Keanu back.
Like most sketch comedy films, the results are mixed at best. Although several of the movie’s jokes work there are just as many that don’t hit their mark. Despite the undeniable cuteness of the kitten, the film’s weak premise may offer plenty of opportunities for the pair to act like fools but that doesn’t necessarily translate into a coherent or entertaining film.
Adapted from Ransom Riggs‘ novel of the same name, Tim Burton‘s latest tells the story of high school outcast named Jake Portman (Asa Butterfield) who is drawn into a mystical and macabre world following his grandfather’s (Terence Stamp) death as he discovers all the childhood bedtimes stories told to him are actually based on real people and real events just waiting for Jake to find them.
The remake of 1960’s The Magnificent Seven starts in much the same manner, with a over-the-top villain (Peter Sarsgaard) threatening the prosperity of a peaceful farming town. Unable to protect themselves a small group (Haley Bennett and Luke Grimes) leave the town looking to hire gunmen with their meager resources. What they find is bounty hunter who helps recruit a motley crew of cowboys and outlaws willing to take on impossible odds for little reward.
The death of Optimus Prime is a seminal moment for those who grew up with the toys, comics, and cartoon series. With the Matrix of leadership passed on to a brand-new character in Ultra Magnus (Robert Stack), the Autobots attempt to survive unaware that an even greater threat in the world-eating Unicron (Orson Welles) is looming. Taking the battered Megatron (Frank Welker) and remaking him into his lieutenant Galvatron (Leonard Nimoy) along with new soldiers, Unicron hopes to crush the Autobots.