Review: 'Hidden Figures' emotional, inspirational

Film tells story of black women playing critical in NASA launches


JACKSONVILLE, Fla – "Hidden Figures" (PG)

Three African-American women mathematicians, who work for NASA find the missing link in calculations that are crucial to getting U.S. astronauts into outer space, around the globe and to the moon.

This film is based on the true story of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae). At a critical moment in history, these three women and others are faced with intense opposition through discrimination and sexism, that was deeply embedded in American culture in 1961 but ultimately succeed.

From editing and acting to direction and music, this movie is award-winning. "Hidden Figures" will inspire, and educate, as yet another gem of American history is revealed.

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