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Movie Review: ‘Hidden Figures’ Boasts Bright Women of Untold Material

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Hidden Figures is packed with uplifting messages and inspiration. Read our movie review to find out why:

[dropcap]H[/dropcap]idden Figures exists as a staple of classroom pictures about three smart black women who became an essential asset of NASA during the crucial space race. It’s an important story of history, race, gender and science all rolled up into one pleasingly progressive and engaging drama. It fulfills all its essential goals of being informative, inspiring and genuinely entertaining.

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Janelle Monae, Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer star in ‘Hidden Figures.’

Director Theodore Melfi may emotionally bend this tale to fit all these notes, but it’s hard not to cheer for the trio when they receive a police escort to work, one of them remarking, “Three Negro women are chasing a white police officer down a highway in 1961. That is a God-ordained miracle.” Many miracles will follow and the movie does its best to make us root for them to keep coming.

The story follows three bright women who start in the colored-only computer division of Langley Research Center that soon find themselves expanding into the white areas of NASA. Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson) is the shy mathematics genius that is soon called in for the most important of spaceflight calculations, under the eye of the crass and accepting Al Harrison (Kevin Costner). Her work is stellar, but can only go so far with workplace segregation on everything from coffee to bathrooms, the only colored bathroom being a long walk away. Only with Costner’s gruff “We all pee the same color” attitude does her work truly begin to flourish.

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Tech-savvy Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) aspires towards a manager position, but is consistently denied despite her expertise. When a new IBM machine is brought into NASA, she spots the opportunity to wedge her way in as she starts learning the programming language. She sneaks in, fixes it up as no other engineer could and is well on her way to a top position where she can take all her black women co-workers with her. Meanwhile, the sly Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) is attempting to become a top-level engineer, but requires extra education to reach such a goal. She battles her way into the school with a few words and plenty of passion. The stories of Dorothy and Mary are not as strong as Katherine’s, but are still satisfying struggles nonetheless.

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The three leads of ‘Hidden Figures’ are strong and full of personality.

As a celebratory picture of women in science, Hidden Figures works rather well. The chemistry among the three women, sparse as these scenes are, have a genuine electricity with plenty of personality and banter. Their conviction in the face of grueling adversity is admirable – Dorothy tells her children that if they do right they will be right. Their genius abilities have a building tension with scene after scene of Katherine writing on chalkboards, the music swelling until the punctuating circling of the answer. There’s a breezy and invigorating energy in the air to almost every scene where racism is bested and discoveries are made.

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Movie Magic: The De-Aging Technique of The Irishman

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Robert DeNiro de-agedHave you read Izzy yet? If so, you know that Izzy makes the apples that give the Gods their youth and immortality. It also seems Robert De Niro discovered one of Izzy’s apples too… In Martin Scorsese’s upcoming biographical film, he stars as Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, a labor union leader and alleged hitman for the Bufalino crime family. The trailer for the movie, which will premieres NEXT WEEK (!), also features a “de-aged” De Niro. “We’re so used to watching them as the older faces,” Scorsese said in an interview on the A24 podcast. “Does it change the eyes at all? …If that’s the case, what was in the eyes that I liked? Was it intensity? Was it gravitas? Was it threat?…How do we get that? I don’t know.” Some might consider this magic and I for one can’t wait to see the impact of Izzy’s apples on screen for myself. ????

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“Captain Marvel” Retains Top Slot at the Box Office

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It’s no surprise that in its second weekend, the first Marvel Cinematic Universe of 2019 is still riding high. Captain Marvel, the latest in the MCU with Brie Larson starring as the lead, generated another $69 million over the weekend, placing its domestic total at $266 million. Tallying up the international box office, the film’s global total to date is $760 million. Despite the online controversy, the film is looking to be another strong box office smash for Disney and Marvel.

As for the premieres for the weekend, and there were plenty, they were all over the map. Just below Captain Marvel was the animated adventure Wonder Park, bringing in $16 million, another film with controversy when the director’s name was removed from the picture after sexual harassment charges. Five Feet Apart, the dying teen drama about a romance amid cystic fibrosis, only came in at #3 with a weekend gross of $13 million. And debuting the lowest in the top 10 for debuts was Captive State, a sci-fi dystopian tale, only making $3 million. The film debuted so low the little film No Manches Frida 2 was able to sneak about it at #6 with a gross of $3.8 million.

Drops were fairly low all around for the returning films, mostly because Captain Marvel was dominating the previous weekend. The only milestone worth noting is that The LEGO Movie 2, after six weeks at the box office, finally cracked $100 million. And the sun is now setting on Green Book’s post-Oscar run by coming in at #10 for the final weekend of its top 10 run over the past few weeks.

View the full top ten weekend box office results below:

Captain Marvel ($69,318,000)

Wonder Park ($16,000,000)

Five Feet Apart ($13,150,000)

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ($9,345,000)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral ($8,085,000)

No Manches Frida 2 ($3,894,000)

Captive State ($3,163,000)

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part ($2,135,000)

Alita: Battle Angel ($1,900,000)

Green Book ($1,277,000)

Next weekend, Captain Marvel may very well have some competition when Jordan Peele’s new horror film Us hits over 3,600 theaters.

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“Dragon” Continues To Soar, “Funeral” Close Behind, “Green Book” Back

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With little competition for the weekend, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, the third in the animated fantasy saga, was able to secure the box office once more. In its second weekend, the animated epic made $30 million to push its domestic total to $97 million. So far the film has done about the same as the previous film and is on track to stay in the top 10 for a few more weeks in March.

Debuts this weekend were small with one big exception. Tyler Perry’s latest Madea film, A Madea Family Funeral, naturally made a relatively big splash with its dedicated audience. Starting at #2, the film made $27 million for its first weekend. No word on the budget yet but it’s most likely on a budget as most Tyler Perry productions are, so it’s safe to call this a success, especially for debuting with a box office so close to Dragon.

The rest of the premieres were not as strong at all. Greta, the new thriller starring Chloe Moretz, debuted all the way down at #8 with $4.5 million box office. To be fair, however, the film was in a constant battle for its spot as three other films also reported earnings around $4 million for the weekend. Of note, Green Book, fresh off winning the Academy Award for Best Picture one weekend ago, splashed back into more theaters to arise even higher in the top 10 with its domestic total now sitting at $73 million. Don’t count on it remaining there long as bigger blockbusters will be swooping as we plow through the last remnants of winter movies.

Check out the full listing of the top 10 box office weekend results below:

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ($30,046,000)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral ($27,050,000)

Alita: Battle Angel ($7,000,000)

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part ($6,615,000)

Green Book ($4,711,000)

Fighting With My Family ($4,691,284)

Isn’t it Romantic ($4,645,000)

Greta ($4,585,000)

What Men Want ($2,700,000)

Happy Death Day 2U ($2,516,000)

Next weekend is once again all about Marvel as their latest superhero solo film, Captain Marvel, will be appearing in 4,100 theaters.

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