The little known story of three African-American women at NASA who played major roles in launching astronaut John Glenn into orbit is given the big screen treatment in director Theodore Melfi’s follow-up to his well-received Bill Murray starring St. Vincent. Cheesy, predictable and covered in layers of sentimentality, Hidden Figures is also unashamedly uplifting and inspiring – a feel good hit that plays its cards perfectly. The movie is worthwhile for the lead trio alone though – Janelle Monáe is set to become an even bigger film star than she is music, Octavia Spencer plays her usual role with precision, and Taraji P. Henson gives the performance of her career.


3 Stars

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