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The recent adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer’s sci-fi best-seller is “as gorgeous as it is disturbing,” said The Arizona Republic. Natalie Portman plays a biologist investigating a swampland where life is mysteriously mutating, and though the climax offers no easy answers, “it’s a better movie because of it.”
Though at times “feverishly overwrought,” Ava DuVernay’s adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s beloved children’s book is worth seeing for its “go-for-broke” exuberance, said the Los Angeles Times. Oprah Winfrey plays one of the three goddesses who help a teen travel across dimensions to find her missing father.
Olivia Cooke and Anya Taylor-Joy show “startling talent” in this “deliciously depraved” murder tale about disaffected wealthy teens who decide to off a loathsome stepfather, said Rolling Stone. The hit man they hire shows more humanity, creating a “hypnotically feverish” drama “fueled by stinging wit.”