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A Wrinkle in Time

With the docudrama Selma and the documentary 13th, director Ava DuVernay has established herself as one of the foremost political filmmakers in the U.S. These movies tackle complex social issues—civil rights and the U.S. penal system, respectively—and, more importantly, they elucidate how political forces govern society. Given her interests and creative strengths, DuVernay is an odd choice to direct Disney's new live-action adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's beloved young adult fantasy novel A Wrinkle in Time (1962); the book, which calls on readers to imagine great stretches of time and space, has enraptured generations of children mainly because it resists logical explanation. Its best passages appeal to the mind's eye alone, and its fanciful tone (which gives it the air of a classic fairy tale despite L'Engle's focus on modern science) is too delicate for DuVernay's probing sensibility. Continue reading>>

Credits

Director:

  • Ava DuVernay

Cast:

  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Reese Witherspoon
  • Mindy Kaling
  • Gugu Mbatha-Raw
  • Michael Peña
  • Zach Galifianakis
  • Chris Pine
  • Storm Reid
  • André Holland
  • Levi Miller
  • Deric McCabe

Producers:

  • Jim Whitaker
  • Catherine Hand
  • Doug Merrifield
  • Adam Borba

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