GIVEAWAY: advanced screening of HIDDEN FIGURES on Wednesday, January 4 (Philly, PA)

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Happy New Year’s Eve MMT Fam! We have a giveaway for both subscribers and non-subscribers today, but you have to be quick because this is one hot ticket! MMT has acquired 30 seats to next week’s Philly screening of one of the most talked about movies this awards season, HIDDEN FIGURES featuring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae.

The film tells the incredible untold story of Katherine 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.

To try your luck at a pass, click here to get to the gofobo landing and follow the “get my passes” prompt. Passes, like theater seating, are not guaranteed and are on a first-come, first-served basis.

You can check out the trailer to the film below and get additional information at the official website here. HIDDEN FIGURES is currently playing in select theaters, and opens nationwide on January 6.

 

MMT Quick Review: Hidden No More a review of “Hidden Figures” by Darryl King

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History has a funny way of hiding truths and a special way of revealing… the past. Institutional racism often can be the impetus to concealing important stories about interesting people and is the core reason America is just now discovering the incredible story of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – the three intelligent and wonderful African-American women, who worked at NASA during a very racist and tumultuous time in American history and who overcame these obstacles to help get America up into space. “Hidden Figures” is the film that shines a light… where there was once darkness.

Most biopic pictures take some liberties to shape a story for general audiences, but this film doesn’t shy away from issues of race – and the intelligence and importance of these three ladies in particular – and the works of many of the African-American women in general who worked for NASA.

“Hidden Figures” has some stellar Oscar worthy performances that carry the film. Starting with Taraji P. Henson (Katherine Johnson) as the straw that stirs the drink, leading this cast through the social waters of the time. Henson’s performance is commanding, engaging, and robust, while not being over the top.

Her counterpart is Kevin Costner (Al Harrison) who is the leader of the NASA space program focused upon getting America into space. He walks a fine tightrope between a mean and demanding boss and the understanding and caring white male character who learns to tolerate racism.

Octavia Spencer (Dorothy Vaughan) was the heart of the movie, as her character meant to ground the film with motherly precision, helping the audience with loving the plight the story. As a character, Kirsten Dunst (Vivian Michael) works because she starts as the typical lovable racist who you desire to hate until she seemingly grows in the film beyond her biases. But the stand out of this movie was… Janelle Monae!  Who knew that this incredible singer could steal an entire movie. Janelle (Mary Jackson) is so endearing, energetic, and funny and she captures every scene which she appears.

While “Hidden Figures” may be a soft, heartwarming version of the actual events and lives of three incredible women, it still is a story that is sorely needed for history’s sake and for the filmmaking process. This picture has the dexterity to allow for the ominous clouds of racism to hover throughout the whole picture. This film does not try to hide or solve racism by allowing the white characters to grow beyond their stereotypes or by allowing the black characters to forgive and forget the treatment they receive while just trying to overcome their obstacles, and that’s why “Hidden Figures” works.

“Hidden Figures” also keeps as the overall theme of the race for space in the rear view of story, so in the midst of struggle and growth for our characters for personal salvation, the desire to see America beat Russia into space still looms large throughout this movie. This overarching theme about space travel helps us to at times forget about the “space” between the races.

Interesting enough, films today have more too often become the history lesson that we no longer get in schools and in our homes and it is because of this reality that the film “Hidden Figures” becomes a greater work because it is admirable enough to inspire a new generation to seek out and to study the fascinating tale of three incredible African-American women.

Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson… you are Hidden no more!

Darryl King (photo courtesy of Darryl King)Darryl King is a video director, film writer and avid Marvel/DC comic book/movie lover. In addition to his popular comic book movie reviews, you can check out his reviews of The Birth of a Nation and The Magnificent Seven right here on MMT.

 

MMT Quick Look: HIDDEN FIGURES

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Hey MMT Fam, who’s been keeping tabs on the Olympic Games? There have been some pretty mesmerizing feats performed, right? And how amazing will it be to recant history and tell the grands, great nieces/nephews etc. that you witnessed the history making athleticism of Simone Manuel, Simone Biles and Michelle Carter?

And speaking of female history makers, during this year’s Olympics 20th Century Fox debuted the first trailer for its upcoming film HIDDEN FIGURES – which is based on the untold true story of the remarkable 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. The movie stars Taraji P. Henson (Katherine Johnson), Octavia Spencer (Dorothy Vaughn) & Janelle Monáe (Mary Jackson).

You can watch the trailer and the read the synopsis of the film below, and get additional information at the official website here. HIDDEN FIGURES opens in theaters January 13, 2017.

image001 (1)PS – And you know how that history making Olympian Gabrielle Douglas has her own doll? Well, a new LEGO project has been created celebrating the “Women of NASA,” which features five women, including mathematician Katherine Johnson – who’s highlighted in HIDDEN FIGURES. The project is currently under review, with hopes to be approved and sold by film’s release in January. You can share information and get updates about the LEGO project at its Twitter, Facebook and Instagram feeds.

HIDDEN FIGURES synopsis

HIDDEN FIGURES is the incredible untold story of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae)—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.

 

GIVEAWAY: advanced screening of EMPIRE on December 9 (Philly, PA)

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Happy Wednesday MMT Family!  Are you excited about the new FOX drama EMPIRE from Oscar nominated director Lee Daniels and Emmy award-winning writer Danny Strong? Well the show’s premiere doesn’t air until January, but 25 lucky winners and their guests will get to screen it next Tuesday night here in Philly – Mr. Daniels’ hometown.

Want to put your name in the hat?  Make sure you 1) are subscribed to this website and 2) send an email to thinkmusicmovies@gmail.com with the subject line “EMPIRE” and your full name in the body. All winners will be notified by Sunday, December 7.

Checkout the synopsis and show trailer below, and get more info about EMPIRE at the official website here.

Good luck family. Until next thought, Thomasena

EMPIRE synopsis 

From Academy Award nominee Lee Daniels (“Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” “Precious”) and Emmy Award winner Danny Strong (“Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” “Game Change”), comes EMPIRE, a sexy and powerful new drama about the head of a music empire whose three sons and ex-wife all battle for his throne.

LUCIOUS LYON (Academy Award nominee Terrence Howard, “Crash,” “Hustle & Flow”) is the king of hip-hop. An immensely talented artist, the CEO of Empire Entertainment and a former street thug, his reign has been unchallenged for years. But all that changes, when he learns he has a disease that is going to render him crippled and incapacitated in a matter of three years. The clock is ticking, and he must groom one of his three sons to take over his crowning achievement, without destroying his already fractured family.

GIVEAWAY: advanced screening for ‘Think Like A Man Too’ Thursday, June 12 (Philly, PA)

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What’s up MMT Family? So, who’s been waiting for Sony Pictures’ Think Like a Man Too to hit theaters?  Yeah, I didn’t think it was just me! And some of you are in luck, because MMT is giving away passes to the advanced screening this Thursday in Philly.

To try your luck at passes, click here and enter code MMTTLAM if asked.  Both passes and Thursday night seating are on a first come-first served basis, so try to arrive at the theater early!

You can check out the trailer and synopsis below of “Think Like A Man Too” and make sure to stop back and leave a comment or two if you screen it.  Good Luck Family!

Until next thought, Thomasena

THINK LIKE A MAN TOO synopsis

In the highly anticipated sequel, which was inspired by Steve Harvey’s best-selling book Act Like a Lady, Think Like A Man, all the couples are back for a wedding in Las Vegas.  But plans for a romantic weekend go awry when their various misadventures get them into some compromising situations that threaten to derail the big event.

 In Theaters June 20, 2014