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Movie Review: Hidden Figures (2017)

Hidden Figures tells the story of three women who made extraordinary contributions to the space race during the Cold War. In consistently overcoming putdowns and setbacks with grace and dignity, they become pioneers: Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae) becomes the first black woman engineer; Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer) becomes one of the first IBM coders at NASA; and Katherine Johnson (Cookie Lyon Taraji P. Henson) gets herself into "the room where it happens," as it were, through sheer talent and an unrelenting commitment to doing the best work possible. The film celebrates the women's friendship and accomplishments, and illuminates worthy new heroes.

How does it compare to the book? The film is gentle, even light in its retelling of the recent past. The book, Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly is outstanding for its affectionate descriptions of Virginia's role…

Game Review: Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (PS4)

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End is a perfect escape. Its characters, story, and locations are absorbing and entertaining. It flawlessly combines stunning visuals, ridiculously fun climbing mechanics, and easy puzzles and gun fights. Best of all, it's a compact adventure and will take 20 hours or less to complete! How refreshing!

Summary: Nathan Drake returns as the wise-cracking treasure hunter, this time in search of Henry Avery's legendary pirate booty. But he's not doing it for the hundreds of millions of dollars -- he needs it to save his brother Sam's life. How noble!

Heroes: In this edition, Nate is torn between his current normal life and his explorer instincts. Meanwhile, series regulars Sully (Nate's longtime mentor/partner) and Elena (Nate's wife) are back and as supportive as ever, in terms of both the physical work and the emotional heft. Elena is particularly moving, with the amazing graphics team giving her eyes an expressiveness that Nate is afraid …