Fantasy, remakes and Oprah are among films ready for a grownup audience
by Garrett Schaffel, AARP, March 7, 2018|Comments: 0
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Actress Storm Reid
A Wrinkle in Time (March 9)
While Madeleine L'Engle's best-selling science-fantasy novel has remained a beloved classic since its 1962 publication, director Ava DuVernay (Selma, 13th) is the first to bring it to the big screen. She has an all-star cast, too: Oprah Winfrey, 64, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling play the three supernatural beings who help 13-year-old Meg Murry (Storm Reid) on a journey to save her father (Chris Pine), who's being held captive on a distant planet.
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Characters from left: Chief, King, Atari Kobayashi, Boss and Rex
Isle of Dogs (March 23)
Director Wes Anderson returns to stop-motion animation for the first time since 2009's Fantastic Mr. Fox with Isle of Dogs, a story about a young boy who travels to find his beloved dog after all canines in Japan are quarantined on Trash Island. The voice cast boasts a who's who of experienced talent, with Bryan Cranston, 61, Bill Murray, 67, Jeff Goldblum, 65, Frances McDormand, 60, and Courtney B. Vance, 57, leading the charge.
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From left: Armie Hammer and Geoffrey Rush
Final Portrait (March 23)
Final Portrait showcases Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush, 66, as legendary artist Alberto Giacometti near the end of his life, as he struggles to complete one final masterpiece. Armie Hammer plays James Lord, an art critic and admirer of Giacometti — and the subject of his painting.
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From left: Jim Caviezel and James Faulkner
Paul, Apostle of Christ (March 23)
Jim Caviezel, who turns 50 in September, again plays a biblical figure in this year's most anticipated religious drama. As the apostle Luke, he writes his gospel while caring for Paul (James Faulkner, 69), a former persecutor of Christians who later converted to Christianity and now awaits execution in a Roman prison.
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From left: Ptosha Storey, Taraji P. Henson and Nelson Estevez
Tyler Perry's Acrimony (March 30)
Tyler Perry looks to continue his success with thrillers, following his creation of the successful series The Haves and the Have Nots and an appearance in David Fincher's Gone Girl. This time, he writes, produces and directs this suspenseful drama about a scorned wife (Taraji P. Henson) who plots revenge on her cheating husband (Lyriq Bent).
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Jason Clarke and Kate Mara
Chappaquiddick (April 6)
The infamous Chappaquiddick incident gets the big-screen treatment, with Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty) starring as future senator Ted Kennedy, and Kate Mara (House of Cards) as Mary Jo Kopechne, who drowned in a car that the married Kennedy drove off a bridge. Bruce Dern, 81, plays Joseph Kennedy, the powerful patriarch of the Kennedy family.
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Superheroes in "Avengers: Infinity War"
Avengers: Infinity War (April 27)
If you loved comic books growing up, you'll embrace the expansion of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in its 19th film. Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr., 52) and his gang of superheroes fight against Thanos (Josh Brolin, 50), who attempts to collect Infinity Stones in order to gain control over the universe. The Guardians of the Galaxy and Black Panther make their first appearances in an Avengers film. Expect great fun.
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Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez
Overboard (May 4)
The 1987 Goldie Hawn-Kurt Russell rom-com gets a gender swap, with Anna Faris as a down-on-her-luck carpet cleaner who convinces a very rich yacht owner (Eugenio Derbez, 56) that he's her husband when he's afflicted with amnesia after an accident. Eva Longoria and John Hannah, 55, also make appearances.
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