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TNT Film Review: Hidden Figures Is The Year’s Best Movie

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*I’m tempted to tell you that the exceptional new Hidden Figures is the best movie I’ve seen this year. Since 2017 is just out of the gate, that comment might be seen as more than a little glib.

So I’ll go out on a limb and say this: Hidden Figures is the best movie I WILL see this year.

Usually, period pieces that are based on history don’t hold my attention, largely because we already know how the movie’s going to turn out. (We KNEW the Titanic was iceberg-bound and doomed, right? So who really cares about Leo DiCaprio’s “I’m the king of the world!” moment?)

With the story behind Hidden Figures, we already know that Neil Armstrong helps America win the space race, and that he walked on the moon eight years later. What most of us didn’t know was that a group of black women — “Colored Computers” they were called — were largely responsible for getting him there. Told from their perspective, THIS period piece kept me, literally, on the edge of my seat through the film’s final act. Continue reading

‘ZooTopia’ Kicks Other Movies to The Curb with Impressive Opening Weekend (Watch!)

Ginnifer Goodwin as "Judy Hoffs"
Ginnifer Goodwin as “Officer Judy Hoffs”

*Well it looks like Disney has gone and done it again! What with all the promotion leading up to its upcoming, new animated film with morals, many of the human kind were skeptical.

How serious, after all, could a animated flick co-starring a bunny rabbit named Officer Judy Hoffs be?

Morals. Smorals.

But “ZooTopia,” the animated film with lots of heart, (and a few big stars including the voices of Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, J.K. Simmons, Tommy Chong, Octavia Spencer, Jenny Slate, and Shakira) delivered — topping the box office at $73.7 million in North American theaters alone.

That’s already nearly half of what it cost to make the film, which is expected to be a big attraction through Easter. Continue reading

ABC’s Reviews ‘The Help’ and says it ‘Doesn’t Need Any’

Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer star in 'The Help'

*You can feel the Mississippi heat bearing down as you watch “The Help,” to say nothing of the actual heat wave currently soaking the nation or coming soon to a theater near you.

But make no mistake: This is no easy, breezy summer movie.

That’s a great thing. While the best-selling book that inspired the film has been billed a beach read, its subject is serious — black maids speaking out about their treatment on the cusp of the civil rights movement — and the movie does the story justice. “The Help” will move you and make you burst out laughing. During a month known for forgettable flicks, it leaves a lasting impression.

Most of that is due to stellar performances. If anyone deserves a standing ovation this summer, it’s Viola Davis. Continue reading