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

CUT THE CRAP: Snowpiercer


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Warning: SPOILERS
snowpiercerThere is one clever and rather effective scene in Snowpiercer, the new movie about a train containing all the survivors of a global warming apocalyptic event that travels the world and can never stop.
Just as a battle royale is about to erupt, everyone is ordered to stop and wait while some of the participants count down from ten as the train passes over a certain bridge, a bridge the train passes over only once annually, meaning that it’s, wait for it…yes, New Years.
Once the countdown is over, it’s back to the bloodshed.
But outside of that, I’m sorry, but I have to say…no, you know what? I’m not sorry.
Snowpiercer is crap.
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