Rolling Stone frames the spirit of this week’s film at the Coliseum: “Lots of movies are labeled as ‘inspirational’– Hidden Figures truly earns the right to the term.” Hidden Figures is the incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)—brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.
Critic Comments: “A crucial episode of the nineteen-sixties, centered on both the space race and the civil-rights struggle, comes to light in this energetic and impassioned drama.” (The New Yorker) “Hidden Figures, both a dazzling piece of entertainment and a window into history, bucks the trend of the boring-math-guy movie.” (Time) “Hidden Figures is empowerment cinema at its most populist, and one only wishes that the film had existed at the time it depicts.” (Variety) “The film’s made with more heart than art and more skill than subtlety, and it works primarily because of the women that it portrays and the actresses who portray them. Best of all, you come out of the movie knowing who Katherine Johnson and Dorothy Vaughn and Mary Jackson are, and so do your daughters and sons.” (Boston Globe) “You might just find yourself applauding during certain moments of dramatic triumph in Theodore Melfi’s unabashedly sentimental and wonderfully inspirational film, and yes, some of those moments feature people working out high-level math problems.” (Chicago Sun-Times)
The film will be shown on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at the Coliseum Theater, 100 North Maple Street, Lamoni. Hidden Figures is rated PG for thematic elements and some language. It runs for 127 minutes.
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