This is a football film ... + half a star for providing optimum napping conditions.
Hidden Figures is based on the true happenings at NASA during the 1960s as the Americans raced to send a man into space. The film primarily follows the trajectories of three intelligent black women: Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae) from their initial jobs as 'colored computers' to making more significant contributions to the organisation's work. It's an inspiring story that skillfully depicts how minority groups can make progress. These women weren't handed anything, through self-improvement and sheer persistence they made themselves invaluable, breaking down race and gender stereotypes in the process.
Hacksaw Ridge tells the astonishing story of Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield), a religious American soldier who refuses to be armed while he serves as a medic during WWII's Battle of Okinawa. It's a sometimes horrifying watch that delivers the devastating bloodiness of war with strong conviction while paying great respect to the courage of the individuals involved.