High-brow science-fiction with Arrival and accidental baby-delivering storks with, well, Storks, lead the movies that are opening today, alongside a highly relevant immigrant thriller and a generic horror to round out this week’s new releases.
Age Restriction: 10–12PG
When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team is put together to investigate – including language expert Louise Banks (Amy Adams). Mankind teeters on the verge of global war as everyone scrambles for answers – and to find them, Banks will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.
More cerebral than your average sci-fi movie, Arrival is putting the “science” back in “science-fiction”. What it may lack in the bang-bang-shooty department, it makes up for in every other way possible. With an impressive cast lead by Amy Adams’ brilliant performance, Arrival is a tour de force of stunning special effects and powerful story, which will leave you thinking about it for days.
Age Restriction: PG V
Storks deliver babies…or at least they used to. Now they deliver packages for global internet giant Cornerstore.com. Junior, the company’s top delivery stork, is about to be promoted when he accidentally activates the Baby Making Machine, producing an adorable and wholly unauthorized baby girl. Desperate to deliver this bundle of trouble before the boss gets wise, Junior and his friend Tulip, the only human on Stork Mountain, race to make their first-ever baby drop – in a wild and revealing journey that could make more than one family whole and restore the storks’ true mission in the world.
More hyperactive than a child that ate too many sweets on Halloween, Storks is just as loud, colourful, and chaotic as any toddler on a sugar high. It’s definitely going to entertain the kids, and adults will find it funny enough to sit through. You can expect some awkward “so, where do babies really come from” talks after this one though.
Age Restriction: 16 L P V
What begins as a hopeful journey to seek a better life becomes a harrowing and primal fight for survival when a deranged, rifle-toting vigilante chases a group of unarmed men and women through the treacherous U.S.-Mexican border. In the harsh, unforgiving desert terrain, the odds are stacked firmly against them as they continuously discover there’s nowhere to hide from the unrelenting, merciless killer.
I don’t think there’s ever been a more well-timed movie than Desierto, a movie about struggling Mexican immigrants on the run for their lives from a murderous, gun-toting American psychopath. Palpably tense and packed with action as it may be though, Desierto lacks all subtlety, and at the end of the day is just a cat-and-mouse thriller wrapped in a political package.
Age Restriction: 16 H V
A widowed child psychologist (Naomi Watts) lives an isolated existence in rural New England. Caught in a deadly winter storm, she must find a way to rescue a young boy before he disappears forever.
It’s never a good thing when I can’t find many reviews for an international release. It’s a sign they’ve kept the press away, for fear of being lambasted. Sadly, it looks like this is the case for Shut In. The one review I found was overwhelmingly negative, stating that this movie is an absolute waste of talent, and a predictable, pedestrian story.
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Last Updated: November 11, 2016