Hidden Figures is new to cinemas
17th February, 2017
New in cinemas this week is inspiring true-story drama Hidden Figures, about a group of African-American women working for NASA, who - despite the discrimination they faced due to their race and gender - had a crucial impact on NASA developing the science to successfully launch their first manned orbit around the Earth.
Also released this week is fellow Oscar®-nominee Moonlight, a coming-of-age drama that focuses on a young black man growing up in a poverty-stricken Miami; McDonald's biopic The Founder, starring Michael Keaton as fast-food founder Ray Kroc; and The Great Wall, starring Matt Damon as a European mercenary defending the Great Wall of China against a horde of monsters.
Whichever you see, be sure to leave us your reviews!
Hidden Figures PG (11+)
Set in the early 1960s as NASA vied with the USSR for supremacy in the Space race, this is based on the true story of three African American mathematicians who contributed to the success of the first American to orbit Earth. Part of a women-only team performing mathematical calculations, Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson are seen battling racial and gender barriers at a time when the Civil Rights Movement was at its height. Suffering segregation when working, eating and going to the bathroom, it is not until the all-male research team request more help with their mission that the women are seen as equals and begin to breakdown the discriminative culture around them. Inspirational and uplifting, the film shines a light on a lesser known yet culturally important story about diversity during a key moment in Americas history.
To celebrate the film's release we held special preview screenings of Hidden Figures, with a special female panel of STEM experts on hand to discuss the film afterwards. Find out what they thought of the film in the videos below:
Moonlight 15 (14+)
Moving drama set over three periods of a young man's life as he grows from a neglected boy to a self-reliant adult. Born into an impoverished neighbourhood with his single mother addicted to drugs, Chiron's developing sexuality is something he is forced to suppress to get by. Lacking support at home, Chiron finds a mentor in local drug dealer Juan, who despite the compromised nature of his position gives the boy a fleeting sense of stability and self-worth. Sustained by this relationship and by the acceptance of his childhood friend Kevin, Chiron nevertheless is unable to fully let his guard down. Revealing a complex community, the product of which is a boy struggling to come to terms with his identity, this is a poignant reflection on race, sexuality, poverty and gender politics.
To mark the film's release, young reporter Michael sat down with director Barry Jenkins and Into Film Ambassador Naomie Harris (Spectre, Skyfall), and Mahershala Ali (Free State of Jones) at the film's press junket in central London.
The Great Wall 12A (11+)
Set during the medieval Song dynasty, a mercenary soldier named William arrives in China in search of black powder (otherwise known as gunpowder). However he and his colleagues are soon caught up in an epic battle between the forces behind the recently completed Great Wall and an army of deadly creatures known as the Taotie, who arrive every 60 years in order to cause destruction. As the fighting increases, William and his new comrades realise they will have to study these monstrous beasts as well as battle them, if they are ever to be defeated. Directed by one of Asian cinemas most distinctive auteurs, this film is the biggest-ever co-production of the increasingly important cinematic alliance of China and Hollywood.
The Founder 12A (14+)
Ray Kroc, a travelling salesman, makes his living selling milkshake makers to American diners in 1954. After a small restaurant orders a large quantity of his stock, Ray visits to experience something hes never encountered before: fast-food. Impressed by the complete package that McDonalds has to offer its customers, he meets with the two founding brothers Maurice and Richard in a bid to get them to agree to a franchising opportunity for the company, led by businessman Ray. The Founder showcases the trials and tribulations of its determined, ambitious and ruthless protagonist, and highlights the potential price to be paid in making the American Dream a reality.Return to all posts
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