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#33 HIDDEN FIGURES (2016)







As some of you know, this movie has been selling out here in this neck of the woods. But tonight they could deny us no longer - and MAN, was this movie worth the weight. The true story of three geniuses - three African-American women who had to overcome their skin color and their sex, no easy feat in 1961 Virginia. These three true-to-life women were a BIG reason for the success of the space program in the 60s as the U-S frantically tried to keep ahead of Russia (who actually beat us into orbit). Taraji P. Henson, like Amy Adams in Arrival, was absolutely robbed of a deserved Oscar nomination as Katherine Johnson, who went from the "colored" computer room at NASA to calculating flight trajectories, including John Glenn's historic space mission. Octavia Spencer is fine as Dorothy Vaughn, who teaches herself computer programming and ends up running the mammoth IBM computer room, as is Janelle Monae as Mary Jackson who became NASA's first African-American female engineer. This is a crowd pleasing movie, and perhaps the struggles these women faced are a little bit too easily overcome in Hidden Figures, but in this day and age this uplifting film is just what the doctor ordered. Strong supporting cast includes Kevin Costner as the director of the Space Task Group who eventually becomes Katherine's champion; Kirsten Dunst as Dorothy's supervisor and a chippy Glen Powell as astronaut John Glenn, friendly, cheerful and very confidant in Katherine's abilities to plot his correct trajectories (if she's off, he won't get back to earth). Jim Parsons has a drab role as the space group's head engineer (typecast much, Jim?). Hidden Figures is one of the best films of the year, truly deserving of its Best Picture nomination. If you haven't seen it - GO, before it sells out ag - oops, too late!

TLA one-word review: inspirational

THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

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