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Set in the mid-1980s, the film centers on Sonny Vacarro (Matt Damon), who Nike's Phil Knight (Ben Affleck, also directing) has hired to save their failing basketball division. It’s Sonny’s job to scout the upcoming NBA draft and select the rookie talent that would be best to build brands around. So while others want to use the limited budget on a handful of prospects, including future NBA mid-carders like Sam Bowie and Mel Turpin, Sonny sees something in this scrawny kid from North Carolina: Michael Jordan. And Sonny wants to do something unprecedented, which is put the entire budget on Jordan and nobody else. [more inside]
A troubled psychologist is sent to investigate the crew of an isolated research station orbiting a bizarre planet. [more inside]
Movie: The Help
Aibileen Clark (Viola Davis) is a middle-aged African-American maid who has spent her life raising white children and has recently lost her only son; Minny Jackson (Octavia Spencer) is an African-American maid who has often offended her employers despite her family's struggles with money and her desperate need for jobs; and Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan (Emma Stone) is a young white woman who has recently moved back home after graduating college to find out her childhood maid has mysteriously disappeared. These three stories intertwine to explain how life in Jackson, Mississippi revolves around "the help"; yet they are always kept at a certain distance because of racial lines. [more inside]
Movie: The Woman King
The story of the Agojie, the all-female unit of warriors who protected the African Kingdom of Dahomey in the 1800s with skills and a fierceness unlike anything the world has ever seen, and General Nanisca (Viola Davis) as she trains the next generation of recruits and readies them for battle against an enemy determined to destroy their way of life. [more inside]
The First Lady: That White House Season 1, Ep 1
Eleanor commits to Franklin's uncertain political future. Betty unexpectedly becomes Second Lady. Michelle wrestles with Barack's nomination.
Movie: The Suicide Squad
Supervillains Harley Quinn, Bloodsport, Peacemaker and a collection of cons at Belle Reve prison join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X as they are dropped off at the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese. [more inside]
Movie: Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Chicago, 1927. A recording session. Tensions rise between Ma Rainey, her ambitious horn player and the white management determined to control the uncontrollable "Mother of the Blues". Based on Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson's play. [more inside]
Movie: Troop Zero
In rural 1977 Georgia, a misfit girl dreams of life in outer space. When a competition offers her a chance to be recorded on NASA's Golden Record, she recruits a makeshift troop of Birdie Scouts, forging friendships that last a lifetime. [Streaming on Amazon Prime]
This quiet, powerful film takes place in a 1964 Roman Catholic elementary school in the Bronx. Sister James (Amy Adams) tells the strict principal (Meryl Streep) that Father Flynn (Philip Seymour Hoffman) might have too much personal attention with the school's only black student, thus leading to a crusade against Flynn. Viola Davis has one scene only as Donald Miller's mother. [more inside]
Set in contemporary Chicago, amidst a time of turmoil, four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands' criminal activities take fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms. [more inside]
An African-American father struggles with race relations in the United States while trying to raise his family in the 1950s and coming to terms with the events of his life.
Movie: Ender's Game
Young Ender Wiggin is recruited by the International Military to lead the fight against the Formics, a genocidal alien race which nearly annihilated the human race in a previous invasion.