1. Storks (Warner Brothers, 3,922 Theaters, 89 Minutes, Rated PG for mild action and some thematic elements, Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer at press time: 58% Fresh [55 Reviews]): Storks have gotten out of the baby delivering business. They have found that delivering the mail is much more profitable. So they close down the baby making factory for good and become a feathered UPS.
However, when a baby is mistakenly made, a stork named Junior (Andy Samberg) and a girl adopted by the storks named Tulip (Katie Crown) must secretly find a home for it before their bosses find out and the get fired.
This films comes from Warners’ animation arm, which has had some success with The LEGO Movie. It remains to be seen if the film will allow the company to give Pixar and DreamWorks a run for their money.
2. The Magnificent Seven (Sony/Columbia, 3,674 Theaters, 132 Minutes, Rated PG-13 for extended and intense sequences of Western violence, and for historical smoking, some language and suggestive material, Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer at press time: 62% Fresh [144 Reviews]): By now, you should be tired of hearing how excited I am to see this film. I’ve only told you how much I was looking forward to it in not one, but two separate posts.
Naturally, you mileage may vary. Westerns are a hard sell with modern day audiences. No matter how great the cast is, how skilled the director is. or the fact that one of the writers was responsible for True Detective would be able to bring many people in.
I, however, was raised on westerns and have a respect for them as a genre. And this is one of the classic stories in all Western films. I can’t believe that the film won’t be at least watchable and worth your time, even if you hate Westerns with a passion.