Weekly Movie Review - A Wrinkle In Time

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While on Ixchel, Meg meets an eye-less alien named Aunt Beast who she communicates with telepathically.

Ava actually didn't go to film school and didn't pick up a camera until she was 32-years-young.

Whether she's delivering compelling awards show speeches or contemplating presidential runs that clearly unnerve the current POTUS, there's no question that Oprah Winfrey looms large over American culture, and the director Ava DuVernay carries that idea through to its logical conclusion.

The story about a search through time and space for a missing father starring Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Chris Pine has garnered mixed reviews.

The big screen master - who is in a long-term relationship with film writer Karina Longworth - said: "It felt right to have a diverse cast".

With A Wrinkle in Time opening this weekend in second place with $33.5 million, and Black Panther finishing its fourth weekend in first place with $41.1 million, the weekend box office is officially led by two black-led, black-directed films. I can attribute a lot of this to adaption fatigue, especially with the novel being such a heavy hitter narratively, it can often feel like it's only skimming the surface of what it wants to cover.

The basic premise is that a scientist couple figures out interstellar travel, and then the husband promptly disappears. This world, not unlike the one Meg has left, is conditioning her to conform. But if you have, beware that some elements - including a pretty major plot twist involving Meg's road to heroism - are either compressed beyond recognition (as in a tesseract, perhaps) or deleted altogether. Could it have benefited from a slightly more adult reading of the novel's edgier themes - including alienation, existential angst and longing - or are detractors who have criticized the movie's "squishy" worldview just cynics?

This isn't to say the movie is bad.

I know it's for evil ol' Nike, but this Serena Williams ad is still moving as hell.

According to CNN, this is the first time that that two films driven by black directors with budgets exceeding $100 million have managed to clinch the top two box office spots.

He added: 'Ava DuVernay is someone who makes the impossible look easy. "The fact that this Caucasian boy says to her, "I like that"?" "And it's big for Caucasian boys to be able to feel that's handsome, too". In it, she talks about how proud she is of the film and thanking movie-going audiences for coming out and supporting it. Things that, in theory, are really, really nice. True equality comes when films from all people can be wonderful, good, and bad, and luckily, "A Wrinkle in Time" falls in the middle somewhere.

While A Wrinkle in Time isn't entirely cohesive or successful as an adaptation, there is an admirable purity in DuVernay's aims and the creation of a blockbuster spectacle that is less concerned with exploring the universe and nature of these children's powers than it is in exploring the emotional vulnerability of lost children who have to learn to love themselves. "So for there to be this beauty, to have these celestial beings come into the hood and take this girl away to fly to awesome planets?" I wanted to be the girl that I thought boys liked.