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Eventually, the women are given a chance but only because a few people believed talent trumped race. Henson plays Katherine Goble, a math prodigy who is finally assigned to a team that calculates launch coordinates. The staff — particularly a lead engineer (Jim Parsons) — are not keen on her or even that she help herself to coffee.Dorothy (Spencer) and Mary (Monáe) also face racial barriers — Dorothy with her immediate boss (Kirsten Dunst) and Mary with Virginia’s Jim Crow laws when she tries to take graduate courses. The country was rewarded when the three make key contributions to the program.
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The second part brings us a grown-up Saroo (now played by Dev Patel) who has been adopted by an Australian couple (David Wenham and Nicole Kidman).His life seems to be working out. He moves to Melbourne to study hotel management where he falls in love with an American, Lucy (Rooney Mara). But, of course, we know that his past still tugs at him and that it will eventually obsess him. The first part of the movie finds the young boy navigating this strange world, which Davis conveys smartly through the visuals and editing.
Fortunately, “Hidden Figures” imbues its heroines with more than mathematical skills and the grit to stick it out. The story is a familiar one — in that it’s about those who persevere despite racial injustice — but it’s one that needs to be retold. It allows them to be people, including a sly romance between Katherine and a military officer played by Mahershala Ali, Oscar winner for his supporting role in “Moonlight.”‘Lion’Garth Davis’ “Lion” is based on true story but told in a way that will get viewers to pull out their handkerchiefs. It begins in 1984 Calcutta when a little boy named Saroo (Sunny Pawar) follows his brother to a train station and accidently boards an out-of-service train that takes him a 1,000 miles away to a city where people speak a different language.
Based on Margot Lee Shetterly’s nonfiction book, the Theodore Melfi-directed film tells the story of three African-American women who worked at NASA while the 1960s space race was at a fever pitch.Though they had each proved their worth before, the three toiled at data entry jobs and were denied promotion based on nothing more than race. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe — would perform crucial roles in our nation’s efforts. Nevertheless, the trio — played by Taraji P. “Hidden Figures” is about wrongs being belatedly made right.