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Hidden Figures is the true story of Katherine Goble (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe), three black women who defied workplace norms to work at NASA on the Atlas Rocket.

Review: ‘Hidden Figures’ flawlessly navigates societal issues

By Colin Barrett, Staff Writer February 22, 2017
"Hidden Figures" balance the intensity of segregation with humor from the three lead actresses to create an accessible piece of social commentary.
Hacksaw Ridge is the true story of World War Two medic, Desmond Doss. Doss won a medal of honor for rescuing over 70 of his squadmates during the battle of Okinawa.

Review: Mel Gibson revives his career with ‘Hacksaw Ridge’

By Aidan Lentz, Staff Writer February 21, 2017
This may just be the movie that Gibson was born to direct. The simple yet inspiring moral tale is a perfect fit for the director of “Braveheart.”
Manchester by the Sea is a bleak analysis of the complexity of grief. Lee (Casey Affleck) is forced to reconcile the loss of his brother with his responsibility to his nephew, Patrick (Lucas Hedges).

Review: ‘Manchester by the Sea’ drowns viewers in despair

By Patrick Pinney, Contributing Writer February 21, 2017
Death is final and guilt can be eternal. This crushing honesty elevates “Manchester by the Sea” above and beyond 2016’s other cinematic offerings.
Fences, adapted from August Wilsons play of the same name, follows a dysfunctional black family living in Pittsburgh as they attempt to reconcile their dreams with the harsh realities of life in the 1950s.

Review: Washington directs a home run with his latest film

By Colette Piasecki-Masters, Staff Writer February 21, 2017
The viewer watches "Fences" with mingled horror and pity as Troy (Denzel Washington) destroys his relationship with his son and, eventually, wife.
Hell or High Water is the story of two brothers who are desperate to escape poverty and better the lives of their family. Their plans go awry when they attract the attention of an aging local sherif with a death wish.

Review: Rural backdrop steals the show in bank heist thriller

By Aidan Lentz, Contributing Writer February 21, 2017
The dialogue in "Hell or High Water" is fantastic throughout — It paints portraits of deeply flawed yet compelling characters who feel all too real.
Arrival, stars Amy Adams as Louise, an isolated linguistics professor who is recruited by the American government to translate the complex language of alien visitors.

Review: Villeneuve translates Sci-fi story to the big screen

By Colin Barrett, Staff Writer February 21, 2017
Most science-fiction blockbusters resort to brainless plots and mass destruction with no consequences, but “Arrival” is not the typical sci-fi film.
Moonlight follows Chiron, a black, gay man through three periods of his life as he struggles to come to terms with his identity on the harsh Miami streets.

Review: Barry Jenkins’ ‘Moonlight’ shines bright in the dark

By Colin Barrett, Staff Writer February 12, 2017
“Moonlight” is not only important for the black and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities, but for everyone.
Review: Chazelles La La Land sings the same old tune

Review: Chazelle’s ‘La La Land’ sings the same old tune

By Mary Ford, Managing Editor January 20, 2017
Hollywood may like "La La Land," but it doesn’t need it, not nearly as much as it needs new voices, new faces, new stories and new talent.
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