This is the 10th straight year Disneynature has released a family film for Earth Day with a portion of the 1st week’s earnings donated to The Wildlife Conservation Network. “Penguins” is a perfect family film. Ed Helms is the voice of Steve, a young adult penguin who, along with millions of other penguins, makes the annual trek across Antarctica so he can woo a female penguin and build a nest for babies. A couple for life, they reunite each year by recognizing their voices, and then raise the chicks before sending them off to independence. It’s funny, adorable, romantic and a thriller all rolled into one. Filmed in a part of the world few humans have visited, it took 3 years (!!!) to complete this movie. I am honored to have the co-directors and the producer on “Sonstein Sunday” at 7:15AM, along with the President of the Global Penguin Society. By the way, The Wall Street Journal calls director Alastair Fothergill the “Steven Spielberg of nature films.” Do see this one on IMAX and yes, you can take the littlest ones. It’s just 76 minutes long.
Aimed at the holiday audience, this is a true-to-life film starring Chrissy Metz of “This Is Us” fame. It’s the story of a mom whose son falls through the ice of a Missouri lake. There’s no hope for the lifeless son but the mom never gives up. Josh Lucas and Q friend Topher Grace co-star. It the rare faith-based movie that gets 68% from Rotten Tomatoes!!
“The Curse of La Llorona”
This R-rated horror film stars Linda Cardellini of “Mad Men” fame. She was the brunette downstairs neighbor who had an affair with Don Draper. This time she’s a single mom social worker in L.A. in the early 70’s, where a ghost is stalking children. A disillusioned priest tries to save the day. It gets 31% on Rotten Tomatoes.