‘Wonderstruck’ is a beautiful fable for youngsters

This image released by Roadside Attractions shows Millicent Simmons in a scene from "WonderStruck," which was featured at the Cannes Film Festival. (Mary Cybulski/Roadside Attractions via AP)

For devoted fans of certain prestige directors, it’s always a little disarming to see them make a true children’s film. Expectations have to be readjusted in real time as you submit to something else, something different. That exercise can yield disappointment, but sometimes, maybe even most of the time, the results are transcendent. Think about Alfonso Cuaron’s “A Little Princess” or Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo.” When a master of cinema decides to look at the world from a child’s perspective, we should all line up.

Harry Potter exhibit marks 20th anniversary of first book

A member of British Library staff poses for a picture at the "Harry Potter - A History of Magic" exhibition at the British Library, in London, Wednesday Oct. 18, 2017. The exhibition running from Oct. 20, marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, showing items from the British Library's collection, and items from author J.K Rowling and the book publisher's collection. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

LONDON — Harry Potter fans owe a debt of gratitude to Alice Newton.

In ‘Marshall,’ a young Thurgood in Connecticut

This image released by Open Road Films shows Chadwick Boseman in a scene from "Marshall." (Barry Wetcher/Open Road Films via AP)

Thurgood Marshall, a titan of 20th-century law and a civil rights pioneer, has until now largely eluded Hollywood’s notice. Despite its title, “Marshall,” too, is wary of taking on the Supreme Court justice in full, sticking to a minor case from Marshall’s early career as counsel for the NAACP. That makes, for better and worse, a sometimes slight, sometimes serious courtroom drama, shot through with bright certainty in the coming triumphs for Marshall and the civil rights movement. It’s a superhero-style origin story: Thurgood, pre-“Brown v. Board of Education,” pre-black robe.

A family tale told artfully in ‘Meyerowitz Stories’

This image released by Netflix shows Dustin Hoffman, left, and Emma Thompson in a scene from "The Meyerowitz Stories." (Atsushi Nishijima/Netflix via AP)

NEW YORK — Your first response to “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)” may very well be: Adam Sandler is good — REALLY good — in his sensitive, nuanced portrayal as Danny, the outsider son in the Meyerowitz brood.

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