Twin Cities Live Movie guy Paul McGuire Grimes here with two Movies from two great female directors.
A WRINKLE IN TIME (theatrical release)
Fourteen-year-old Meg and her younger brother Charles Wallace are outcasts at school. The other students hurl hurtful language at them claiming that “crazy runs in the family.” Their parents are both scientists, but their father has gotten a bit too lost in his work to the point of going missing. It’s the four-year anniversary of his disappearance, so Meg and Charles Wallace are the targets of more negative attention at school. It’s at this time when three mysterious celestial beings, Mrs. Which, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Whatsit visit them in hopes of helping them find their father. Meg is apprehensive but Charles Wallace has already spent time getting to know them. Along with their friend Calvin, the siblings place their trust in the three Mrs. W’s and use a tesseract to bend time and space for an adventure into the unknown in hopes of reconnecting with their father.
Is It Worth Your Trip to the Movies? Even if it doesn’t quite live up to the star power, the visuals and lessons are what’s important for its target audience.
RATING: 3 out of 5 TICKET STUBS
LADY BIRD (home release)
Greta Gerwig makes her directorial debut with Lady Bird with Saoirse Ronan playing the quintessential Gerwig type of character. She plays Christine who’s at that age when she’s really struggling with her identity. It’s her senior year of high school, and she will need to make some tough decisions about her final year and what she wants after she graduates. She’s sporting a new moniker “Lady Bird” to assist in her transition period. Her mother, Marion, isn’t always the most supportive person as she’s always offering Lady Bird unsolicited advice. Lady Bird and her best friend Julie decide to join the drama club which helps give her the culture she feels she’s missing out on. This sense of culture is part of her desire to move to the east coast for college. Naturally, Marion is having none of this decision. The rest of senior year finds Lady Bird falling in love with a gay classmate, feeling the pressure to have sex, applying to colleges, and of course, fighting with her mom.