RECOMMENDED: A WRINKLE IN TIME
The long awaited film adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s 1962 classic A Wrinkle In Time is set to hit theaters next week satisfying our need for the whimsical and thrilling. With its star studded cast (Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine) the film follows teenage heroine Meg (Storm Reid), her brother Charles Wallace, and schoolmate Calvin O’Keefe as they trek across galaxies and dimensions to find her missing father. Guided by three mysterious old women known as Mrs. Whatsit (Witherspoon), Mrs. Who (Kaling), and Mrs. Which (Winfrey), Meg learns valuable life lessons and the importance and beauty of being unique. Early trailers gave nod to the stunning special effects, which were only highlighted more in later versions.
The film is set to open on March 9th.
RECOMMENDED: THE SILENT CHILD
Nominated for Best Live Action Short Film, The Silent Child follows the story of Libby, a young deaf girl born into a hearing family, and a young social worker who sets out to teach her sign language. The short film highlights the many struggles that deaf children born to hearing parents face and the ways in which the education system often fails them. With a bitter-sweet storyline and pensively framed shots, The Silent Child forces the audience to ask themselves many questions among which is, “Are we doing our best?” Written by Rachel Shenton and directed by Chris Overton.
ICYMI (In Case You Missed It): THE SHAPE OF WATER
“The Shape of Water, set in Cold War-era Baltimore, is watery, bittersweet romance that's rich, moving, and loaded with meaning. Starring Sally Hawkins as a mute night janitor who falls in love with a creature brought to the facility she cleans for "experimentation," it's a story about prejudice and coming to love those who are "the other." This is a fairy tale for adults, and there’s a good reason: Young children aren’t born with prejudice; they have to learn it, and they learn from watching their elders treating those who are different like they are less-than. What The Shape of Water has to teach, however subtly, is much needed in a prejudiced world. It paints borders rooted deep in the American soul — between countries, races, abilities, and desires — with compassion and gentleness.” -Alissa Wilkinson, VOX
Movies and TV Shows that people will be talking about this month.
Phantom Thread / Focus Features
In 1950s post-war London, dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) leads a controlled and planned life with sister Cyril (Leslie Manville) as he adorns wealthy British socialites in lavish garments that are both unique and overwhelmingly beautiful. The women in his service provide the bachelor with inspiration and companionship although they are hardly ever around for any length of time as to not distract from his craft and lifestyle. Upon meeting the headstrong Alma (Vicky Krieps) however, Reynolds becomes fixated, Alma becoming his muse, and his careful life is entirely disrupted by love. In his final performance, Daniel Day-Lewis ushers in conversations on the creative journey of artists and the relationships that mold them. Phantom Thread is nominated for Best Motion Picture this coming Sunday while Daniel Day-Lewis is nominated for Best Lead Actor and Paul Thomas Anderson for Best Director.