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Author: Scott Holleran

Interview: Theodore Melfi on Hidden Figures

Scott Holleran talks with ‘Hidden Figures’ writer and director Theodore Melfi in an exclusive interview about racism, exceptionalism, the story, script, score, meaning and production on the day he attended a White House screening as the First Lady’s invited guest.

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Movie Review: Hidden Figures

What was it like to be black, female and exceptionally skilled in 1961? This question is at the core of writer and director Theodore Melfi‘s Hidden Figures, a topical, authentic and fascinating look back at mid-20th century American exceptionalism from a fresh and life-affirming perspective. Melfi (St. Vincent), who co-wrote the screenplay, probes beyond racism, making this movie fuller than others in the mid-century American true story genre (Selma comes to mind). Hidden Figures is as logical as math. As with 42, the movie is direct and linear, so what you see and get is a depiction of the...

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Movie Review: Fences

Movie review by Scott Holleran of Denzel Washington’s adaptation of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning stage play Fences.

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Movie Review: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

The Star Wars prequel, Rogue One, induces fatigue. Though based on a major plot point in the original Star Wars film in 1977—and prominently featured in the marketing campaign—the studio asks for no spoilers and I promise this review is intended to inform and enhance, not distort and detract from, one’s cinematic experience. That said, I wish I had known more about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in advance. Coming so soon after last winter’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a better movie which takes place after Return of the Jedi, Rogue One starts in a haze of sameness...

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Movie Review: The Big Country (1958)

This character contrast on an epic scale has everything it needs in abundance and more, from the technological tool used to outsmart the warring tribes, the playfulness of a romance between equals and the sight of a man facing the big country alone, prepared foremost with the use of his reasoning mind.

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Movie Review: Sully

Clint Eastwood (Jersey Boys, American Sniper, Gran Torino, Invictus) made another little character masterpiece with Sully, starring Tom Hanks as Captain Chesley Sullenberger. Review by Scott Holleran

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