Here's what's coming to (and leaving from) Netflix in September

September is going to be a pretty big month for Netflix originals, with Norm Macdonald’s talk show and Josh Groban’s cop show premiering, Iron Fist and American Vandal both getting new seasons, and Jeremy Saulnier’s Hold The Dark making its debut, but—no offense to that stuff—the streaming service is really getting a…

Good intentions can’t save A Wrinkle In Time from its universe of missteps

A.V. Club film editor A.A. Dowd and staff critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky are back with another edition of Film Club, this time discussing A Wrinkle In Time, the latest adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s beloved YA novel. Directed by Selma and 13th’s Ava DuVernay, A Wrinkle In Time is ambitious and well-intentioned, but…

A Wrinkle In Time alternates clumsiness with moments of honesty and grace

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In Matt Groening’s old Life In Hell comic strip, he refers to high school as “the second-deepest pit in hell.” The deepest pit, he clarifies, is junior high school. This feels true; the confusion and awkwardness of the transition from tween to teen is at least as potent as the transition from teen to adult. Yet there…

Wrinkles in time, iron giants, ready players: 28 movies coming this March 

So many movies, so little time. Every week brings a new crop of them, opening in multiplexes and arthouse theaters across the nation, and arriving in increasingly high volumes on streaming platforms like Netflix. How’s a voracious moviegoer to keep up? That’s where The A.V. Club comes in. The first week of every…

AMC is helping people donate A Wrinkle In Time tickets to underprivileged kids

We’re less than a month from the arrival of Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle In Time, the Selma director’s Disney adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s beloved young adult novel. DuVernay’s film—the first Hollywood movie with a plus-$100 million budget ever to be directed by a woman of color—has already drawn a lot of positive…

Sade returns from hiatus to write new song for A Wrinkle In Time

Eight years after the release of her last album, 2010's Soldier Of Love, Sade has stepped out of her latest hiatus to write a song for the soundtrack of Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle In Time adaptation. DuVernay announced the news on Twitter, saying the song is called “Flower Of The Universe” and that working with Sade—who…

The A.V. Club’s 50 most-anticipated movies of 2018

Wes Anderson returns to stop-motion. Claire Denis goes to space. Joaquin Phoenix gets immobile and intimidating, not necessarily in that order. When sitting down to compose a list of the year’s most enticing upcoming releases, The A.V. Club tried to keep it to a manageable 25 titles, we really did. But then we started…

Oprah needs warriors in the brazenly bright first trailer for A Wrinkle In Time

Disney released the first trailer for Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle In Time today, as a treat for fans at its D23 expo (and everywhere else, too). Now, we’ve finally got our first look at DuVernay’s much-anticipated adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s YA sci-fi classic, which stars Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, and Mindy…

Disney unveils release dates for Star Wars: Episode IX, The Lion King, and Frozen 2

It’s easy to forget just how thoroughly Disney has monopolized the blockbuster movie industry, but that fact becomes very clear when the studio decides to announce release dates for multiple huge movies all at once. This comes via Variety, which reports that Disney has just announced the premiere dates for Star Wars:…

Michael Peña joins A Wrinkle In Time, along with everyone else in the universe

Michael Peña, who stole scenes during his turn as Scott Lang’s fellow thief pal Luis in the first Ant-Man movie, will have another chance to run away with the plot in Ava DuVernay’s adaptation of A Wrinkle In Time. According to the official Wrinkle In Time Twitter account, Peña has been cast as Red, and it’s pretty…

Gugu Mbatha-Raw to play a brilliant scientist mom in A Wrinkle In Time

Starting today, you can watch Gugu Mbatha-Raw break your heart in the surprisingly lovely Black Mirror episode “San Junipero.” And soon, she’ll help bring your childhood to life in Ava DuVernay’s adaptation of A Wrinkle In Time. DuVernay announced on Twitter yesterday that Mbatha-Raw would be playing Dr. Murry, the…

Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling are both in talks for A Wrinkle In Time

Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle In Time may have locked down its three “witches,” with Variety reporting that Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling are both in talks for the galaxy-spanning Disney film. Kaling will reportedly play Mrs. Who, offering guidance to Madeleine L’Engle’s time-tossed, tesseractin’ protagonists in the…