‘Wrinkle in Time’ enchants with eye-popping visuals, magical cast

"A Wrinkle in Time" -- ★ ★ ★ With eyeball-blasting visuals, a cute, colorful cast, a soaring score, spectacular costumes and esteem-affirming messages of love, hope and turning your faults into strengths, Ava DuVernay's fantasmagorical "A Wrinkle in Time" engages and enlightens, although it lacks the speed and narrative polish to become a timeless kids classic. related advertisement   The story has been filmed once before, as a 2003 Walt Disney TV movie.This time, no expense has obviously been spared in the visual effects department to bring Madeleine L'Engle's 1962 young adult novel "A Wrinkle in Time" to the silver screen, adapted by "Frozen" writer Jennifer Lee.Rated PG, DuVernay's vision combines "Alice in Wonderland" with darker elements of the "Nightmare on Elm Street" horror films (mostly those surrealistic sets) plus a malevolent, expansive forced called The IT.Twelve-year-old Storm Reid, an actress with soft, intelligent eyes and a core of steely resolve, plays Meg Murry. She and her little brother Charles Wallace (newcomer-with-attitude Deric McCabe) and her mom, Kate (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), still live in the sad shadows of the disappearance of their respective father and husband, Alex Murry (Chris Pine).Alex had been a NASA theoretical physicist who, along with his wife, discovered "tessering," the ability to surf through dimensions of space and time using the mind.Meg's father disappeared four years earlier, leaving her feeling the world doesn't make sense. Her withdrawn nature becomes a target for a nasty clique of school bullies. Meg (Storm Reid) takes on an insidious force called The It in Ava DuVernay's imaginative fantasy "A Wrinkle in Time." - Courtesy of Disney One bright moment occurs when a classmate, the cute star athlete Calvin (Australian actor Levi Miller), defies social blowback by befriending her.Just in time before three magical cosmic beings -- Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey), Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon) Continue Reading

Book World: ‘A Wrinkle in Time’: Let’s hope the movie is better than the book

Michael Dirda, The Washington Post Published 7:45 am, Wednesday, February 28, 2018 Photo: Square Fish, Handout Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 A Wrinkle in Time A Wrinkle in Time Photo: Square Fish, Handout Book World: 'A Wrinkle in Time': Let's hope the movie is better than the book 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Madeleine L'Engle once said that "A Wrinkle in Time" was rejected by 26 publishers. On the surface, this seems incredible, given that it went on to win the 1962 Newbery Medal and become one of the most beloved of all modern children's novels (in one poll second in popularity only to E.B. White's "Charlotte's Web"). Over time, the book also served as the seedbed for much of L'Engle's future fiction, as she returned to its major characters, showing them at different ages. What's more, on March 9, "A Wrinkle in Time" will acquire our culture's ultimate imprimatur as a major motion picture, its cast including big-name stars Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon. I wish the film well, but having just reread the novel I can understand why editors turned down L'Engle's manuscript. Artistically, the book is a mess; it's illogical, derivative and confusing, with a rushed and unconvincing ending. In 200 higgledy-piggledy pages, L'Engle throws together magic, folklore, science fiction, dystopian nightmare, Christian religiosity, 1950s fears about communism, classic notions about individuality and conformity, mystical transcendence, some slapstick humor and a lot of sentimental pablum. One starts to look for the kitchen sink. Somehow, though, this superabundance of cargo never manages to sink the book. Every chapter is a fresh surprise, nothing goes on too long and the emphasis on family values confers a - slightly tendentious - "It's a Wonderful Life" charm. As some readers may remember, the Continue Reading

The Most Overrated Movies

PrettyFamous found the most overrated movies of all time. Natalie Morin, Graphiq Published 7:03 pm, Tuesday, January 24, 2017 window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-5', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 5', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-10', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 10', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-15', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 15', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-20', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 20', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-25', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 25', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-30', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 30', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-35', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 35', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-40', placement: Continue Reading

Movie Review: ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ is a stupor-hero bore

Slower than a crosstown bus, unable to leap plotholes in a single bound, "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" is a stupor-hero bore. Quick, readers, to the Batcave! And lock the door behind you. A mostly botched attempt to compete with Disney's "Avengers" franchise, the movie brings back Superman, reboots Batman and introduces Wonder Woman, too. 'BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE' KICKS OFF WONDER WOMAN, DC COMICS SHARED CINEMATIC UNIVERSE IN SINGLE BOUND But it's all angst and no adventure, a lot of fury and little fun. After yet another re-do of the Batman origin story, we flash back to the end of 2013's "Man of Steel." Apparently Wayne Enterprises had an office in Metropolis, and Superman's mano-a-mano with General Zod left it in ashes, and its employees dead. DAILY DIG: WE'RE DOOMED! HOLLYWOOD'S APOCALYPSE OBSESSION And if there's one thing we know about Bruce Wayne, it's that he holds a grudge. Frankly, he thinks the strange visitor from another planet is a vigilante weirdo - which is a little odd coming from a grown man who runs around in a rubber suit and an animal mask. Nonetheless, Wayne decides to stop him. 'BATMAN V SUPERMAN' LONDON PREMIERE CANCELS RED CARPET AFTER BRUSSELS ATTACKS Superman, meanwhile, isn't thrilled with the Dark Knight's antics, either — which have taken an odd S & M turn. Oh, and mad millionaire millennial Lex Luthor would love to see both these weirdos disappear. So will you after an hour or so. Director Zack Snyder still has a great eye; movies like "300," "Watchmen" and "Sucker Punch" created memorable, deliberately over-the-top imagery, and he fills the screen with eye candy here. But he's no Christopher Nolan. You feel him trying hard to imitate the dark, depressing mood that made Nolan's own Batman sagas modern classics. Snyder's fanboy fakery is obvious, though — the constant rain, the sad Continue Reading

Alec Baldwin manages his famous temper after getting bumped from first class on red-eye flight to New York

It seems like Alec Baldwin is learning to manage his temper on airplanes a little better. [email protected] is told that the "30 Rock" star, who was famously booted from a flight in 2011 after he threw a fit when airline staff told him to stop playing games on his cell phone, was much more mild-mannered this time around when he was bumped from first class to coach on a Tuesday night red-eye home from Sundance. Baldwin had been booked on a Delta flight out of Salt Lake City International Airport to Kennedy with his pregnant wife Hilaria, and their 16-month-old baby, Carmen. But according to a source on the flight, the family - who were weighed down with lots of Louis Vuitton luggage - switched flights last minute and ran into problems. "He got kicked out of first class since they had changed planes," said our spy, "I guess there weren't as many first class seats (on the new plane). So he and Hilaria and the baby moved back to coach. He was pissed and was overheard saying he will never fly Delta again." While fellow passenger Jeff Oloizia, an associate features editor on T Magazine, tweeted of the "Glengarry Glenross" actor, "He is, um, not pleased," it seems that the notoriously easy-to-anger star didn’t completely boil over this time. While movie industry consultant Merrill Sterritt tweeted that "everyone is uncomfortable about it and avoiding eye contact," Oloizia later posted, "He's now seated in economy and making someone laugh. Mischief managed… for now." Baldwin, who just announced that he's writing a memoir, gained his rep for air-rage in December 2011 when he was kicked off an American Airways flight for refusing to stop playing the Scrabble-like smartphone game, Words With Friends, before take-off. At the time, witness Steve Weiss had said that after a flight attendant asked him to turn the phone off, Baldwin got up and threw his papers on the floor before storming Continue Reading

Movie reviews: ‘If I Were You,’ ‘My Amityville Horror,’ ‘From Up on Poppy Hill,’ ‘K-11’

IF I WERE YOU — 1 star A woman befriends her husband’s mistress (1:55). R: Language. Quad. This moronic infidelity comedy stars Marcia Gay Harden as a harried businesswoman who halfheartedly falls into a friendship with her husband’s side dish (Leonor Watling), who has no idea of the wife’s real identity. Hardworking Oscar winner Harden and beguiling Spanish star Watling do nothing for this haphazard film, which belatedly decides it wants to be a stage satire as the women lark into a ridiculous avant-garde production of “MacBeth.” Bloody awful.   Danny Lutz talks about his role with a fright club in ‘My Amityville Horror.’ MY AMITYVILLE HORROR — 2 stars Documentary about a man who grew up in a house famous for being haunted (1:28). Not rated. IFC. Fortysomething workingman Daniel Lutz has bone-chilling tales to tell, of a floating pig’s red eyes and levitations, and they’re creepy — just as they were in the book and movie “The Amityville Horror.” But Lutz, who was a boy when his family fled the Long Island home, is full of belligerence in this chronicle of his family’s alleged run-in with a ghoulish home where a murder had occurred. That, plus the cadre of demonologists, make this visit feel like an episode of “In Search Of” on steroids.   A scene in ‘From Up on Poppy Hill’ FROM UP ON POPPY HILL — 3 stars Animated tale of smitten teens in early ’60s Japan (1:31). PG. Walter Reade, IFC. Master storyteller Hayao Miyazaki adapted this sweet tale from a manga novel, handing the directing duties to his son, Goro Miyazaki. It’s a slightly more mature story than young fans of “Ponyo” and “Kiki’s Deliv ery Service” may expect, skewing more toward the 12-and-over set. Umi (voiced by Sarah Bolger) and her friends at a girls’ school in 1964 Japan are excited by the Continue Reading

Rachel McAdams told to ‘stop making stupid movies’ by American customs officer on Canadian border

Rachel McAdams met a mean girl when she tried to enter the U.S. a few years ago. The "Mean Girls" star told The New York Times that an American customs officer on the border between Canada and the U.S. slammed her choice of film roles. "She was tough," said the 31-year-old actress, who lives in Toronto, Ont., when she is not filming across the border. "I had pink hair at the time, and she said 'Don't dye your hair that colour and don't make any more stupid movies.'" McAdams told the Times she didn't press for more details on the films the abusive officer was referring to. "I was just glad she let me through," she said. The Canadian star famously sported pink highlights in early 2007, when she was most famous for appearing in "The Notebook" and "Mean Girls." At the time, she had also appeared in "Wedding Crashers," "The Hot Chick" and the thriller "Red Eye." Since then, McAdams has become one of the most sought after Hollywood starlets, having starred opposite Robert Downey Jr. in "Sherlock Holmes" and co-starred with Russell Crowe in "State of Play." "Morning Glory," her next film, opens Nov. 10 in New York. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

WWE, Fox form movie tag team

World Wrestling Entertainment has agreed to team up with film giant Twentieth Century Fox in an effort to make more varied use of its wrestling superstars.The agreement begins next year and calls for WWE to produce the movies, with Fox distributing at least one theatrical release and up to four direct-to-video movies. WWE Films previously released "See No Evil," with Kane; "The Marine," featuring John Cena; and "The Condemned," starring Steve Austin. All were R-rated. Said WWE Films' Mike Lake, "We want our stars in different genres of film (rated PG-13) with a wider viewing audience." Just think of all the cross-promotion possibilities, like casting the entire WWE roster in "Lord of the Rings" or Mick Foley in "A Beautiful Mind." And thanks to the above agreement, Cena is leaving. No, he's not leaving the WWE, but is leaving for New Orleans - temporarily. The WWE/Fox partnership's first project will star Cena (playing a detective) in the film "12 Rounds," shooting in the Big Easy, and Cena wants to make it easier to get to work, hence the move. And speaking of teaming up, WWE owner Vince McMahon and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban are talking about buying or forming a mixed martial arts franchise. Plus, Cuban owns HDNet, a high-definition national TV network featuring MMA events. "Smackdown" is leaving the CW network to go MyNetworkTV in September. And if the mailman looks red-eyed, maybe it's because he is delivering this month's issue of Playboy (out today) featuring WWE diva Maria. And Sunday, don't forget to "spring" ahead an hour for Daylight Savings Time when ordering TNA's pay event, "Destination X." Tonight at 8, ROH presents its "Rising Above" pay event on In Demand. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

‘Wimpy Kid’ screening draws youngsters and movie stars to IMS

Hollywood stars Alicia Silverstone and Tom Everett Scott embraced an Indianapolis change of pace Friday."Clueless" star Silverstone and Scott, known for starring in 1996 film "That Thing You Do," are spending their weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to promote new youth-focused movie "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul."Silverstone and Scott portray the parents of Greg Heffley, middle-school underdog and lead character in the "Wimpy Kid" books and films.The track's Pagoda Plaza hosted an advance screening Friday night for "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul," which arrives in theaters on May 19."It’s kind of special to be able to travel outside of L.A. and premiere a movie in a more interesting destination than the average premiere movie house and red carpet," Scott said. "There’s a race car with Greg Heffley’s image on it. It’s really fun." 'Stranger' visit: Millie Bobby Brown mania descends on Indiana Comic Con Antique hunters: ‘American Pickers’ will explore Indiana in June Silverstone said she and Scott caught red-eye flights to be in Indianapolis for two days of "Wimpy Kid" promotion. She's currently working in Los Angeles on upcoming TV Land series "American Woman," and he's shooting a TruTV series titled "I'm Sorry."“This feels very warm and easy,” Silverstone said during a red-carpet interview. “This feels like the perfect temperature for where our sleep-derived selves are.”Indianapolis Motor Speedway invited Silverstone, Scott and "Wimpy Kid" author Jeff Kinney to serve as honorary starters for today's IndyCar Grand Prix. Kinney said he expected Silverstone to wave the green flag.Indianapolis Motor Speedway spokesman Alex Damron said partnering with "Wimpy Kid" film company Twentieth Century Fox matched the track's mission to attract families to IndyCar Grand Prix festivities. Boy band Forever In Your Mind will sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" before the Continue Reading

NIGHTFLIGHT FRIGHT. Sexy Rachel gets a nasty mile-high thrill in ‘Red Eye’

While we wait for a star vehicle for red-hot Rachel McAdams, we can make do with her performances in "The Family Stone," now in theaters, and two new DVDs. "Wedding Crashers" reached stores last week and "Red Eye" (DreamWorks, 85 mins., PG-13, $19. 95) will be out Tuesday. In the hit summer thriller from horrormeister Wes Craven, the talented beauty plays Lisa Reisert, a busy hotel executive who befriends an amiable fellow traveler (strangely striking Cillian Murphy) during an airport delay. When Lisa finally boards her late-night flight, it turns out that the guy - named Jackson Rippner (ouch!) - is seated next to her. Their small talk and flirty behavior evaporates once the plane is in the air: Jack is really an assassin who tells Lisa she must make a phone call to her hotel or else her father (Brian Cox) will die. More a short story than a full-fledged drama, the brief, fast-paced movie is exceedingly entertaining as long as you don't stop to think about it. (For one thing, the plot doesn't require the movie to be set on a plane at all.) DVD extras include a gag reel and commentary by Craven and the editor and producer. WHITE MISCHIEF. 'Constant Gardener' takes on Big Pharma in African-set thriller It's been a good period for complex movies about global skulduggery. The current "Syriana" blames the problems of the world on the oil industry, while the late-summer release "The Constant Gardener," out on DVD Tuesday (Universal, 129 mins., R, $29. 98), sees a vast pharmaceutical plot against the masses. At the outset, Justin Quayle (Ralph ­Fiennes), a complacent British diplomat, is being heckled at a press conference by a woman (Rachel Weisz) protesting Britain's involvement in the Iraq invasion. While everyone in the room is disgusted by Tessa, Justin is charmed, and a time-skipping montage shows them falling in love and marrying. It emerges she was later killed in Africa. The mournful Justin discovers she'd learned about a massive Continue Reading