A Wrinkle in Time (***) is best when it avoids fawning

#wrinkleintime "This is not an indictment of the talent of Ava as a director. It's not that she faded this time round. There was probably enough pressure on her shoulders covering this well liked children's book. To make her have to maneuver around the albatross is obviously a bridge too far, even if she'll never publicly admit it."

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Selma (*****): There can be no better time for this

Selma - 2014 Director Ava DuVernay Starring David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Tim Roth, Common, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Carmen Ejogo, Lorraine Toussaint, Oprah Winfrey, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Niecy Nash, Colman Domingo, Giovanni Ribisi, Dylan Baker, Alessandro Nivola, Keith Stanfield, André Holland, Tessa Thompson, Wendell Pierce, Henry G. Sanders Screenplay by Paul Webb There are many strong feelings evoked for the viewer of Selma. In a country that is still struggling with the callouses of racial wounds, … Continue reading Selma (*****): There can be no better time for this

Life Itself is a story of success wrestled from a life of obscurity

Life Itself - 2014 Director Steve James Featuring Roger Ebert, Chaz Ebert, Martin Scorsese, Werner Herzog, Ava DuVernay, Gregory Nava, Marlene Iglitzen, Errol Morris, A.O. Scott, Richard Corliss, Ramin Bahrani Screenplay based upon Life Itself by Roger Ebert There is a scene in Life Itself where we see Roger Ebert taking a walk during a vacation with one of his step-grandchildren, … Continue reading Life Itself is a story of success wrestled from a life of obscurity