'Beloved' and 'Practical Magic' head this week's movie releases
This weekend brings the debut of three supernatural films that cover a wide range, from Oprah’s spooky adaptation of a prize-winning novel to the continuing legend of a killer doll. Here are tomorrow’s movie openings (with EW critics’ grades).
- “Beloved” Oprah Winfrey has proved she can sell books … now we’ll see if she can sell movies based on books, as she stars with Danny Glover in this adaptation of Toni Morrison’s Pultizer Prize-winning novel about a former slave haunted by an apparition from her past. The film marks the return to feature filmmaking for director Jonathan Demme, who has made only concert documentaries (for Neil Young and Robyn Hitchcock) since 1993’s “Philadelphia.” (EW Grade: C+)
- “Practical Magic” Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman are sisters who come from a long line of witches in this romantic comedy-supernatural thriller hybrid. But instead of wielding broomsticks and bubbling cauldrons, these two women concentrate on finding true love and avoiding the family curse that has killed off their female ancestors’ romantic interests. (EW Grade: D)
- “Bride of Chucky” Joining the latest horror-movie craze, Universal has seen fit to resurrect the murderous doll for a fourth installment of the “Child’s Play” opus. This time, Jennifer Tilly (with her baby-doll voice) finds herself transformed into a plastic playmate for Chucky, and together these Mansons-by-Mattel go on a killing spree. (EW Grade: N.A.)