AND ANOTHER YEAR DRAWS TO A CLOSE: Hidden Figures


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Warning: SPOILERS
This will be my last review for the year 2016.
god1Hidden Figures, the inspired by true events film written by Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi, who also directed, based on a book by Margot Lee Shetterly, is about a group of black female mathematicians who played a large role in the US space program, especially getting John Glenn into space and around the earth a few times.
It is sincere, worthy, uplifting, informative and a real crowd pleaser.
But is it any good?
Well, I’m afraid if truth be told, not particularly. Continue reading

WHACKED: JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT


JACK-RYANFor those who don’t think that there is something incredibly whacked when it comes to the values of Hollywood, submitted for your consideration (cause, yeah, it does seem kind of Twilight Zonish at times):
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is a movie in which Keira Knightley, the marvelous purse-lipped actress of Pride and Prejudice (for which she received an Oscar nomination), Atonement and Never Let Me Go (as well as the mega-franchise pirate movie Pirates of the Caribbean, et al.) is made to play second fiddle as the long suffering girlfriend to…Chris Pine.  Chris Pine. Continue reading