Arriving in London from his native Peru with a ‘Please Look After This Bear’ label around his neck, our bewildered ursine friend is fortunately taken in by kindly Mr and Mrs Brown (Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins).
Voiced by Ben Whishaw, and named after the railway station he arrived at, Paddington embarks on a series of bemused adventures as he searches for one of his Aunt Lucy’s (Imelda Staunton) friends and finds himself dodging a malicious taxidermist with an unnatural aversion to bears (Nicole Kidman).
This charming amalgam of CGI, animatronics and live action will delight fans old and new of the perennially popular children’s books by Michael Bond.
Ava DuVernay (Selma) takes us on a fantastical adventure in her vibrant adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s most famous children’s novel, A Wrinkle In Time. Meg Murry (Reid) is an awkward teen with a penchant for all things physics. When her scientist father vanishes without a trace, Meg, her heartthrob Calvin (Miller) and genius little brother Charles (Deric McCabe) must travel through space and time to get him back. Luckily, three cosmic guides – Mrs Which (Winfrey), Mrs Whatsit (Witherspoon) and Mrs Who (Kaling) – are there to lend a helping hand. Together, they embark on an intergalactic quest to far-flung destinations, battling magical beings, beastly creatures and great forces of evil along the way.
Based on Brian Selznick’s novel of the same name, Wonderstruck is about two children, both with hearing impairments, who live in eras 50 years apart and set off in search of the bright lights of New York City. Todd Haynes masterfully flits between a black-and-white 1927, where 12-year-old urchin Rose (Millicent Simmonds) lives a cosseted life in New Jersey, and 1977, where an unkempt Ben (Pete’s Dragon star Fegley) lives in a quiet, rural town in Minnesota. While Rose dreams of crossing paths with film star idol Lillian Mayhew (Moore), Ben longs for his deceased mother (Williams) and his father whom he never knew. In a whimsical mirroring of one another, both children trade in their lonely lives for the hustle and bustle of the big city in a quest to find themselves.