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…

Some stiff competitions and a video to loosen your limbs

Like many people, I have a hard time getting excited about working out. Doing the same shit over and over can get boring, and I’m always worried I look like a doof trying to figure out how to lift weights or struggling on the elliptical. When a friend in L.A. told me about a new online workout from Pony Sweat, though,…

Luc Besson’s space romp Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets is fun if you can stand the dumb

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Whatever one may think of Luc Besson’s futuristic space opera Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets, the idea of spending a cool $225 million so that Rihanna can mount a stripper pole and recite some lines from the poet Paul Verlaine’s “A Poor Young Shepherd” to an audience of one (in full high-tech space suit,…

Captivating and cruel, Lady Macbeth dissects power and privilege in all its forms

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On the surface, Katherine (Florence Pugh), the young wife slowly being suffocated by her airless existence inside a country manor house in 1860s England, would seem to have little in common with the villainess of Shakespeare’s classic play. Katherine doesn’t share her husband’s ambition; in fact, she and Alexander…

Endless Poetry returns cult director Alejandro Jodorowsky to his favorite subject: himself

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More wigs, more mandarin collars, more anachronisms, more phalluses, more Jungian megalomania: The octogenarian, Chilean-born director, comics writer, and guru Alejandro Jodorowsky (The Holy Mountain, El Topo) continues to plumb his early life in Endless Poetry, the sequel to his autobiographical comeback of sorts, …

Seeing is believing in the wrenchingly illustrative climate doc Chasing Coral

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Scientists overwhelmingly agree that humanity’s enormous carbon footprint is potentially disastrous, but reading peer-reviewed papers with titles like “Attributing Physical And Biological Impacts To Anthropogenic Climate Change” doesn’t exactly stir the blood. Even Al Gore’s PowerPoint lecture in An Inconvenient Truth …

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David Lowery had to stop himself from giving up on his Sundance hit A Ghost Story

“I still am dumbfounded that I’m actually here talking about it,” director David Lowery told The A.V. Club when we spoke to him in New York last month about his new film A Ghost Story. Making the tiny project in lieu of taking a vacation after finishing his Disney remake Pete’s Dragon, Lowery wasn’t even sure he could…