Hidden Figures 3.0 stars

Hidden Figures movie poster

NASA’s gone funky when a trio of African-American women (Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe), all experts in the field of analytic geometry, prove they have the right stuff needed to crack the elite white boy’s space program. An important historical achievement — and apparently, the space center’s best kept secret — is brought to light in this entertaining, at times thoughtful big screen adaptation. Filmed in the bright, colorful mode of a ’60’s romantic comedy, the film admirably captures the look and feel of the period — and it does so without lecturing or wagging an admonishing finger. Those pondering the meaning of seamless editing need look no further than Peter Teschner’s flair for cutting on action. The exposition is cumbersome at first as co-writer and director Theodore Melfi’s (St. Vincent) script has a habit of repeating itself: two runs to the bathroom were enough to get the point across. Still, a crowd pleaser in the best sense of the term. 2016.

Scott Marks

Showtimes

AMC Fashion Valley

7037 Friars Road, San Diego, 888-262-4386 | Directions

Monday, March 27

12:00pm, 3:10pm, 6:15pm, 9:20pm

Tuesday, March 28

12:00pm, 3:10pm, 6:15pm, 9:20pm

Wednesday, March 29

12:00pm, 3:10pm, 6:15pm, 9:20pm

Angelika Film Center

11620 Carmel Mountain Road, San Diego, 858-674-6164 | Directions

Sunday, March 26

10:35pm

Monday, March 27

4:55pm

Tuesday, March 28

4:55pm

Wednesday, March 29

4:55pm

Thursday, March 30

4:55pm, 10:35pm

Regal San Marcos

1180 W. San Marcos Boulevard, San Marcos, 760-471-3734 | Directions

Monday, March 27

11:50am, 3:20pm, 6:55pm, 9:55pm

Tuesday, March 28

11:50am, 3:20pm, 6:55pm, 9:55pm

Wednesday, March 29

11:50am, 3:20pm

Thursday, March 30

11:50am, 3:20pm, 6:55pm, 9:55pm

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