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Since A Wrinkle In Time is the first of five books featuring the Murry family, and because Hollywood is, well, Hollywood, you'd have assumed that Disney would have told screenwriter Jennifer Lee and director Ava DuVernay that this was the start of yet another franchise.

I'll preface this review by saying that I haven't read this film's source material, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle. That's a powerful image - for white boys to see that and be like, 'Yeah I can trust her'. They're theoretical scientists who once lectured as a team - mom going micro, meaning the atomic particles. There's love in every frame of this movie and there's love in every frame of everything that I do.

MONDELLO: Dad, meanwhile, thinks macro - trips to stars and galaxies. The film is a bold, messy adaptation of the classic novel, but for a new generation of twelve-year-olds, it could prove to be a similar touchstone.

ANDRE HOLLAND: (As Principal Jenkins) You can't keep using your father's disappearance as an excuse to act out. But beyond Meg's lovely locks, the weirdo wigs (one appears to be an inert crimson fox perched on Witherspoon's head) and scary clothes, "A Wrinkle in Time" suggests a pop American version of those Narnia films, complete with allegorical lessons and the usual platitudes, including, ye gods, "Be true to yourself". It's nearly laughably appropriate casting for Winfrey, who embodies the wise, godlike presence Mrs. Which, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Whatsit were actually supposed to be or represent. Who is - oh, she's, like, a billion years old and way more knowledgeable. Who (Mindy Kaling, speaking only in quotes, from Shakespeare to Chris Tucker) are the children's guides. And then there's Mrs. "Thank you, '" she said. He's trapped by a darkness that's actively spreading throughout the universe.

"She's often like, 'Who dat?' to me, because I've been a little busy promoting this movie", she jokingly admitted.

Middle school-age Meg Murray's father is a controversial physicist who has odd theories about space and time.

MONDELLO:.You ask the flowers - a whole field of gorgeous, floating butterfly-like critters. "I'd just come off "Selma" and "13th" I felt like they [were] masculine". "So it's been a really great time, becoming a producer and working with people I love".

Based on the 1962 novel by Madeline L'Engle, "A Wrinkle in Time" fails to capture the magic that has made the book a longtime children's favorite. No one's likely to do that this time. With the help of three astral travelers, Meg finds herself and so much more during her eventful and revealing excursion. And so I feel I did that. And I like the chemistry between Storm Reid and Levi Miller.

MONDELLO: That Meg is African-American and a girl and enveloped in a world of unremarked-upon diversity are all virtues to be celebrated. It's very much akin a children's fantasy adventure film from the '80s or '90s - the quirky Misses, especially Witherspoon's Mrs. Whatsit, are clearly indebted to Zelda Rubinstein's performances from "Teen Witch" and "Poltergeist".

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