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Hidden Figures

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“A terrific story told with a lot of verve and charm”

The Age

Hidden Figures tells the remarkable, little-known story of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae) – a pioneering trio of African-American mathematicians who crossed gender and race lines to serve vital roles in the early years of the US Space program. Given her expertise in analytic geometry, Johnson was recruited to a special task group who literally helped ‘invent the math’ to advance the United States’ lead in the Space Race in a series of missions that included astronaut John Glenn’s successful orbit of the Earth in February 1962.

Henson, Spencer and Monae form an irresistible on-screen team in a film that celebrates the solidarity and camaraderie between the women as well as their individual achievements. Kevin Costner lends solid support in the role of Katherine’s flinty boss, with Jim Parsons of TV’s The Big Bang Theory fame, Kirsten Dunst (The Two Faces of January) and Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) rounding out a strong ensemble.  

“The breezy script…revels in the intelligence and warmth of its subjects…imparts a profound appreciation for what was achieved in history’s shadows.” The Atlantic