Tag Archives: Octavia Spencer

Cinema Review – Hidden Figures

In 1960s Virginia, when segregation was still very much in effect, three African American women, Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) and Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) not only defied expectations and rules, but helped NASA with the mathematics to launch the first successful US space missions. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Zootropolis

In an animal world where predators and prey have evolved enough to live together in peace and harmony, the big city of Zootroplis beckons to newly minted bunny cop Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin). After she is assigned to parking duty, and becomes acquainted with the cunning fox Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman), mammals start to go missing, and it is up to Judy and Nick to put their differences aside and work together to solve the case. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Fathers and Daughters

When she was a small child, Katie’s father Jake (Russell Crowe) – a Pulitzer prize winning author – struggled to take care of her as he came to terms with his own illness, and the death of his wife. While he tries to hang on to the young Katie, his late wife’s sister (Diane Kruger) tries her best to adopt Katie away from her father. 27 years later, Katie (Amanda Seyfried) struggles to let a new man into her life after she felt so abandoned by her father. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Insurgent

Having evaded Jeanine (Kate Winslet) and her hostile takeover of the factions, Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) are on the run, and take shelter in Amity; the most gentle and forgiving of the factions that make up their world. When Jeanine’s forces arrive at their door, however, a member of their shaky alliance turns on them, and Tris finds herself teaming with fellow outcasts to bring the system down from the inside. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Fruitvale Station

On New Year’s Day 2009, Oscar Grant II (Michael B. Jordan) and his girlfriend Sophina (Melonie Diaz) are on the way home from celebrating the arrival of the New Year. While on a BART train, an altercation breaks out and, when the police arrive, Oscar ends up being shot. Fruitvale Station takes a look back at the final day in the life of a young man whose death sparked riots around the Bay Area. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – The Help

The Help is based on the beloved novel by Kathryn Stockett and tells the story of African-American women working as maids in the Southern US during the civil rights era were viewed, and how they viewed their employers. A young white woman, Skeeter (Emma Stone) sees the world differently to her contemporaries, and sets about writing a story from the point of view of the ‘help’. Skeeter convinces Aibileen (Viola Davis) who has spent her life as a maid and nanny, raising children who are not her own to speak frankly with her; before long, African-American women are telling a white woman their secrets. Continue reading

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