This week will see the theatrical debut of several notable new films — including a new feature from comedic duo, Key and Peele, and the latest directorial effort from Jason Bateman. Can’t decide which option to check out first? Here are our staff’s picks for the top three flicks to check out this weekend.
The action comedy stars Jordan Peele as Rell, whose beloved pet kitten Keanu is taken from his home. When he and his friend Clarence (Keegan-Michael Key) seek out those responsible to recover the cat, they find themselves in over their heads, dealing with violent gang members. Gabrielle Union, Method Man, Will Forte, and Nia Long co-star and Keanu Reeves lends to his voice to his namesake character.
Co-written by Peele and Alex Rubens, the movie has earned mostly positive reviews. Currently holding an 80% fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes, critics say that though Keanu doesn’t quite live up to the genius of Key and Peele’s cable series, the movie is a fun and “consistently funny” flick that will appeal to old fans and gain the comedic duo plenty of new ones.
2. The Family Fang
Jason Bateman directs and stars in this family comedy drama based on the Kevin Wilson novel of the same name. The actor plays Baxter Fang, who returns to his family home with his sister, Annie (Nicole Kidman), in search of their missing parents (Christopher Walken and Maryann Plunkett), world-famous performance artists known for elaborate public hoaxes. Unsure of whether it’s foul play or just another elaborate ruse, Baxter and Annie begin to investigate — but nothing can prepare them for what they discover.
The film has been pretty well-received among critics, earning a 79% score on Rotten Tomatoes. In his second time behind the cameras, Bateman has earned particular praise for his directorial efforts, with Variety labeling it a “sharp and affecting dysfunctional-family portrait” and the Hollywood Reporter calling it “graced with equal parts humor and honest feeling.”
3. The Man Who Knew Infinity
The drama chronicles the true story of Srinivasa Ramanujan (Dev Patel), a self-taught Indian mathematics genius who traveled to Trinity College, Cambridge in 1913. Over the course of five years there, he forged a bond with his mentor, the brilliant and eccentric professor, G.H. Hardy (Jeremy Irons), and fought against prejudice to reveal his mathematic genius to the world. The film chronicles Ramanujan’s story through Hardy’s eyes. Devika Bhise, Stephen Fry, and Toby Jones also co-star.
At 64% on Rotten Tomatoes, the drama has earned somewhat mixed reviews, with critics calling it an overly conventional biopic. Despite the familiar form of storytelling, Patel has earned high praise for accurately capturing Ramanujan’s passion and conviction in his performance. If you like academia-driven biopics like The Theory of Everything, The Man Who Knew Infinity will likely be worth checking out.
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