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…Let the Light In

“A Wrinkle In Time,” the novel by Madeleine L’Engle, is a short book. Packed into those few hundred pages are whole worlds. Some are in bright, brilliant colors, others in dull shades of brown, but all are equally fascinating.

Ava DuVernay’s reimagining of this beloved novel attempts to capture all of the sparkle and brilliance (and then some).

For those who didn’t have “A Wrinkle in Time,” included in their grade school curriculum, here’s a quick run through. Meg Murry (Storm Reid) is a smart but troubled student dealing with the stress of school and the strain at home of an absent parent. Read the rest of this entry

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…Make Strides

As we come to the end of 2017, it’s time to take stock of the year. That may sound like an unappealing task, and frankly, if you choose to look forward instead of back, I understand. Although, it is hard to determine progress if you don’t occasionally take a look back at where you started.

With that in mind, I’m reflecting on some of this year’s cultural highlights. It’s been said that the arts are a reflection of the times, and this past year certainly makes a case for that sentiment. From the small screen to the big one, and even the stage, the creative world was full of the new and inspired.

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…Wonder

To say  that Wonder Woman’s first appearance on the silver screen is long overdue, is a vast understatement. She made her comic book debut in 1941, two years after Batman (1939) and three years after Superman (1938). While DC’s Man of Steel and the Caped Crusader have appeared in over 20 films between them, Wonder Woman has been waiting on the sidelines for far too long.

Thanks to glass-ceiling-shattering director Patty Jenkins and the mesmerizing Gal Gadot, “Wonder Woman” the, Amazon princess’s big screen debut, is worth the wait. Read the rest of this entry

…pay back

hell_or_high_waterIn the spirit of starting this year’s Oscar reviews with honesty, I’m going to be upfront with you. When I saw that “Hell or High Water” was a Best Picture nominee I assumed it was because it was a Jeff Bridges western (he has a history). I was wrong.

The story of brothers Toby (Chris Pine) and Tanner Howard (Ben Foster) is, like all of this year’s nominees, timely. What opens as an apparent tale of cops and robbers—two brothers holding up banks and running from the lawman—quickly becomes an examination of (and I am hesitant to use this now politically charged term but here goes) the “forgotten men and women” of our nation. Read the rest of this entry

…Go Above and Beyond

startrekbeyondposter2In its third film, director Justin Lin takes the reigns from J.J. Abrams and takes the new Star Trek franchise to a place it hasn’t been before…the old franchise.

In “Star Trek Beyond,” the new series embraces its roots, and has a little bit more fun.

The crew of the USS Enterprise is in the middle of its 5 year mission into deep space, and most of its members are starting to get a bit restless. Thankfully, the same can not be said for the spirit of the film. Read the rest of this entry