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A Wrinkle in Time Trailer #2 (2018) *This is NOT A Wrinkle in Time*

The first trailer for Disney’s adaptation of Madeline L’Engle’s from D23 seemed bizarre, but you can’t judge a film on just one trailer.  I think, in this case, you can in from two.  It’s been a few years since I read A Wrinkle in Time, but please tell me that anything in this trailer seems vaguely like the book L’Engle wrote.  This isn’t a “reimagining”, this is a disservice.

The cast for A Wrinkle in Time includes Oprah Winfrey (SelmaThe Butler) as Mrs. Which, Reese Witherspoon (WildWalk the Line) as Mrs. Whatsit, Mindy Kaling (The Mindy ProjectInside Out) as Mrs. Who, Chris Pine (Star Trek Beyond, Hell or High Water, Into the Woods”) as Mr. Murry, Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Beauty and The BeastBelle) as Mrs. Murry, Zach Galifianakis (BirdmanThe Hangover) as The Happy Medium, Michael Peña (Ant-ManThe Martian) as Red, André Holland (MoonlightSelma) as Principal Jenkins, Levi Miller (Pan) as Calvin, Deric McCabe as Charles Wallace, and introducing Storm Reid as the iconic literary character Meg Murry.

Bellamy Young, Rowan Blanchard and Will McCormack round out the highly-acclaimed cast.

The film is a reimagining of Madeleine L’Engle’s classic novel that takes Meg Murry, her brilliant brother Charles Wallace and their friend Calvin on an unexpected journey into alternate dimensions on a mission to bring home their father. First published in 1962, L’Engle’s novel has sold more than 23 million copies worldwide, receiving a recent surge following Chelsea Clinton’s mention during the Democratic National Convention. Winner of the Newbery Prize in 1963, “A Wrinkle in Time” has been translated into 35 languages.

Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time movie is directed by Ava DuVernay (Selma) and produced by Jim Whitaker and Catherine Hand. Jennifer Lee (Frozen) wrote the screenplay. A Wrinkle in Time is set to debut in theaters on March 9, 2018.
A Wrinkle in Time Poster

 

Movie Review: Murder on the Orient Express (2017) *The Scenery Is Nice, But The Ride Is Bumpy*

 

Johnny Depp in Murder on the Orient Express
It’s difficult to know how to review Murder on the Orient Express.  Should it be judged against the 1970s film?  Should it be held against the Agatha Christie novel it adapts?  In the end, I decided to judge it on its on merits as a standalone film.  To that standard, the picture is well-acted with a great ensemble.  Kenneth Branagh does well as the lead, but in the direction and especially the screenplay the film is choppy and almost unbearably expository in its climax.  It looks absolutely fantastic, but I doubt Murder is going to inspire a Christie renaissance or have a tremendous impact on the box office.  It’s not awful, but it’s not anywhere near what it should be, and that won’t be enough to attract an audience not already in love with the source material.

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Movie Review: Thank You For Your Service (2017) *When the War Follows You Home*

Thank You for Your Service
We’ve now been at war overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan for 13 and 16 years, respectively.  When soldiers came back from Vietnam, an entire generation of veterans didn’t receive the care they needed or deserved.  One would think we’d have learned from the past, but we haven’t.  Soldiers come back from persistent trauma with both physical and mental injuries that the VA and our country aren’t treating with the speed and devotion these men and women deserve.  You don’t have to agree with the wars to know that those fighting them are doing so voluntarily for our benefit, and David Finkel’s Thank You For Your Service was a stark examination of exactly how little benefit they are receiving in return.  The movie adaptation fails to create a narrative that is as compelling as Finkel’s, but it’s still a movie people should see to remind them there are people all around us in pain as a result of decision to provide service to their country. Continue reading Movie Review: Thank You For Your Service (2017) *When the War Follows You Home*

Journey’s End Trailer #1 (2018) “Innocence Lost; Courage Found”

Ever since The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, I’ve been awestruck by Asa Butterfield’s talent.  He was one of the finalists to be Spider-Man in the MCU, and I was rooting for him, though Tom Holland has that so owned now, I think it was for the best.  Through Hugo and Ender’s Game, Butterfield has continued to blow me away, and I’m hoping as he transitions into adulthood he’s the rare star that manages to continue to find good roles and evolve as an actor.  Journey’s End is a World War I epic based on the novel by R.C. Sherriff.  It’s scheduled to hit theaters February 2, 2018.

Journey's End Poster

12 Strong Trailer #1 (2018) *The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers*

*Text from Coming Soon
WB has debuted the first trailer for 12 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers, starring Chris Hemsworth (ThorThe Avengers films) and Oscar nominee Michael Shannon (Revolutionary RoadNocturnal Animals). The new war drama, from Alcon Entertainment, Black Label Media and Jerry Bruckheimer Films, is based on Doug Stanton’s best-selling book Horse Soldiers and is the story of heroism based on true events that unfolded a world away in the aftermath of 9/11. 
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