Author Archives: Annette Palmer

A Wrinkle In Time – Movie Review

Still riding the wave of their box-office phenomenon Black Panther, Disney hits it out of the park yet again with another beautiful, heartfelt and powerful story with A Wrinkle in Time. Based on Madeline L’Engle’s classic young adult novel published in 1962 director Ava DuVernay (Selma), was determined to include a diverse cast and crew that resembled the real world. While the racial diversity did feel somewhat forced at first, it was soon forgotten as the relationships became more real, and everything kind of fell into place, just as DuVernay hoped it would.

The story begins when blonde haired, blue eyed Mr. Murray (Chris Pine, Wonder Woman, Star Trek) accidentally discovers a new form of space travel and disappears trough a Tesseract. His multi-racial, curly haired daughter Meg (Storm Reid, 12 Years A Slave) is heartbroken as she’s forced to endure bullying, self-doubt, an aloof principal (Andre Holland), and all the normal teenage heightened emotions and troubles that audiences expect from a young woman whose father seemingly abandoned her when she was a little girl. Still, Meg doesn’t want to believe her dad is really gone, even while the world wants her to think that he did indeed leave her and the family, with no plans on returning.

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Every Day – Movie Review

Imagine falling in love with someone who changes bodies everyday. Now imagine this someone is actually a disembodied spirit. This happens in Michael Sucsy’s Every Day, which proposes that who (or what) we love is more than just skin deep attraction.

Rhiannon (Angourie Rice) is a shy teenager who crosses paths with a disembodied spirit for the first time when it enters the body of her otherwise aloof boyfriend, Justin (Justice Smith). After spending a fun day together, she finds herself telling him personal things, all the while thinking she’s confiding to her boyfriend. As events progress, we learn this being, who calls itself “A”, changes bodies every day, but can only inhabit a particular body for 24 hours.

Over the course of the film, “A” inhabits fifteen different people, whose feelings for Rhiannon continue to blossom until neither one can deny they’re actually in love. The question then becomes the obvious – how does a relationship like this last?

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Fifty Shades Freed – Movie Review

What many fail to understand is that Fifty Shades Freed, along with Fifty Shades of Grey and Fifty Shades Darker, are adaptations of books written by E. L. James. Not just that, but they were originally written as online fan-fiction for another hugely successful franchise, the Twilight Saga. While many are quick to call the story lame, the characters flat, and their motivations purely sexual, let’s not forget all this comes straight from James’ books, warts and all. It shouldn’t come as a surprise the films are equally torrid. After all, these films are adaptations, not revivals.

Screenwriter Niall Leonard starts off Fifty Shades Freed where the last film ended, with Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) accepting Christian Grey’s (Jamie Dornan) marriage proposal. The audience witnesses their lavish wedding and then accompanies the newlyweds on their honeymoon to various cities in Europe. Unfortunately, after a quick visit to a nude beach and a short sexual rendezvous on their yacht, the fun ends, as the series’ antagonist Jack Hyde (Eric Johnson) causes an explosion at Grey House causing Christian and Ana to rush home to Seattle.

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Black Panther – Movie Review

This is Wakanda, an African nation invisible to the naked eye, protected by the power culled from an indigenous stone called Vibranium. This stone not only has the ability to heal wounds in record time, but also forms the basis of all weapons, clothing and the very existence of Wakanda and its citizens. The 18th entry in Marvel’s ever-expanding cinematic universe (MCU), Black Panther is the first feature-length adaptation of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s superhero we first glimpsed in Captain America: Civil War.

After his father is killed in a terrorist attack, Prince T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) must return home to Wakanda to take his rightful place as King. No sooner does he arrive that he finds himself in the middle of multiple conflicts when old and new enemies challenge him for the crown and threaten to take Wakanda into a catastrophic world war.

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The Post – Movie Review

Directed by the incomparable Steven Spielberg, The Post is a drama about how the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, Katherine Graham (Meryl Streep) and editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) find themselves in a race against time to uncover major government secrets in the Pentagon Papers that spanned over three decades and four U.S. presidents. These pioneers in American publishing risk their reputations, their careers, and even their freedom, to ensure their readers learn the truth about what the United States has been hiding from the people, including baffling facts about the Vietnam War.

You might be surprised to find this is the first time this particular trio has worked together, but it’s apparent why Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep were chosen for these roles. Their acting was on point, along with the chemistry they shared whenever they appear onscreen together. Whether it was how the script was written or how Spielberg chose to direct their scenes, I found it annoying how the two main characters were often forced to communicate by phone, even when their characters were in the midst of a crisis or a major decision.

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