THE SHAPE OF WATER
2017, Fox Searchlight, 123 min, Canada/USA, Dir: Guillermo del Toro

This otherworldly fable from master story teller Guillermo del Toro is set against the backdrop of Cold War America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment. Rounding out the cast are Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg and Doug Jones. “THE SHAPE OF WATER is a wonder to behold. Magical, thrilling and romantic to the core, a sensual and fantastical fairy tale with moral overtones, it’s a film that plays by all the rules and none of them, going its own way with fierce abandon.” - Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times


HIDDEN FIGURES
2016, 20th Century Fox, 127 min, USA, Dir: Theodore Melfi

Based on the book by Margot Lee Shetterly, 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. The SAG Award-winning cast includes Kirsten Dunst, Mahershala Ali and Kevin Costner.


BLACK OR WHITE
2014, Relativity Media, 121 min, USA, Dir: Mike Binder

The racial divide suggested by the title plays out with remarkable power and nuance in the latest film from writer-director Mike Binder. Kevin Costner gives one of his best performances as lawyer Elliott Anderson, a grieving widower faced with raising his biracial granddaughter alone. But the girl’s paternal grandmother (Octavia Spencer) is concerned about Anderson’s drinking problem, and as the two sides face off in custody court, long-simmering issues of race and family reach the boiling point.


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