The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is being adapted for HBO, with Oprah Winfrey in the lead role of Lacks’ daughter. There was something special about the poor, uneducated Henrietta Lacks, something she could never have suspected. From the description […]
Who ever said that fairy tales were for children? “Tale of Tales” is based on three stories from Giambattista Basile that go back a hundred years before the Brothers Grimm. Basile, whose book was subtitled “entertainment for little ones” was […]
“Hologram for the King” is an uneven but always-watchable film based on the book by Dave Eggers. Like Arthur Miller, David Mamet, and many others, Eggers chose a salesman as a central figure and metaphor to illustrate the mixture of […]
Jason Bateman directs and stars in “The Family Fang,” based on the book by Kevin Wilson, about the adult children of performance artists, who included them in their stunts, pranks, and displays. Nicole Kidman, Kathryn Hahn, and Christopher Walken co-star.
Roald Dahl’s book The BFG is about a Big Friendly Giant and a girl named Sophie. But not all giants are friendly. This trailer for the upcoming movie directed by Steven Spielberg looks every bit as magical as the story […]
This week’s splendid new “Jungle Book” from Disney may inspire families to check out the books that inspired it by Rudyard Kipling. Children may prefer his “Just-So” stories and “Rikki-tikki-tavi,” about a curious mongoose who saves the day. Families may […]
The camera swoops behind the familiar Disney castle logo to take us to that magical place — you know, like the one that is found second star to the right and straight on ’til morning or through the wardrobe in […]
Jane Auten’s unfinished novel Lady Susan is an epistolary story — told via letters. The title character is a scheming, manipulative woman determined to find rich husbands for herself and her daughter. It is the basis for “Love and Friendship,” […]
Morgan Freeman and Jack Huston star in this remake of the Charlton Heston classic, “Ben-Hur,” the story of a falsely accused Jewish nobleman in the time of Jesus (Rodrigo Santoro).
“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” based on the book by Ransom Riggs, stars Eva Green as a Professor X-style collector of young people with an assortment of special powers. Asa Butterfield, Samuel L. Jackson, and Kim Dickens co-star, and […]