Freeze Frame: “The Adam Project” (PG-13), “Turning Red” (PG)

As time travel movies go, they don’t get much sunnier than the Netflix action thriller, “The Adam Project.” Ryan Reynolds plays Adam, a pilot from the future who crash lands in 2022 and winds up having to recruit his 12-year-old self to thwart some baddies who are using time travel for nefarious ends.


Reynolds employs his patented snarky, wisecracking persona and, amusingly, young Walker Scobell matches it perfectly playing the younger Adam.


The strong ensemble also includes Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana and Catherine Keener. The mix of action and humor shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who saw the last collaboration between Reynolds and director Shawn Levy, “Free Guy,” or Levy’s “Night at the Museum” movies. “The Adam Project” is a skillfully produced and zippy time travel action fantasy that’s worth your time and travel.


The Disney+ comic fantasy “Turning Red’,” the latest from the wizards at Pixar, is a beautifully animated tale of female empowerment. It’s also another welcome example of cultural diversity in front of and behind the camera. “Turning Red” tells the story of a Canadian girl of Chinese descent who, due to a family curse, turns into a giant red panda whenever she gets too excited.


The story involves our heroine’s effortsto ease away from the influence of her kind but domineering mother. The filmmakers’ attempts to draw thematic distinctions between being dutiful to family and being your own person are a bit awkward. And parents of young kids should be aware that certain details of the story may generate unexpected and uncomfortable discussions about some aspects of puberty. Still while flawed, “Turning Red” succeeds on its most fundamental level. It’s entertaining.

Share This Episode