It’s the start of a New Year and this week’s short lineup has us inspired and ready to take life by the horns. HIDDEN FIGURES and SILENCE share one big similarity at the core, belief. Both films explore humanity and the relentless determination of the human spirit to stand firm in one’s beliefs. These two films remind us that although having faith in something can put us right in the face of opposition, it also fuels our desire to continue on the journey. “Continue on the journey,” how’s that for a New Year’s mantra?
HIDDEN FIGURES is 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.
Golden Globe nominee – Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture- Octavia Spencer, Best Original Score: Motion Picture
Critics Choice Award nominee – Best Supporting Actress: Janelle Monáe, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Acting Ensemble
GENRE: Drama, History
Martin Scorsese’s SILENCE tells the story of two Christian missionaries (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) who face the ultimate test of faith when they travel to Japan in search of their missing mentor (Academy Award nominee Liam Neeson) – at a time when Christianity was outlawed and their presence forbidden.