100 Word Review – Hidden Figures (2016)

The amazing true story of the African-American women behind the 1960s NASA Space Programme.

Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) are three female mathematicians, known as “computers”, who use their intelligence and perseverance to fight the racism and sexism that holds them back.

Based on the book by Margot Lee Shetterly and directed by Theodore Melfi (St Vincent), it has a fantastic soundtrack from Pharrell Williams and Hans Zimmer that fits perfectly with the upbeat tone of the film.

Wonderful, uplifting and inspiring, it’s one of those stories everyone should know.

100 Word Review – Despicable Me (2010)

A truly family-friendly film is hard to find, but Despicable Me manages to walk that line between fart-gun jokes and making adults not want to tear their eyes out at the thought of watching that film one more time.

Gru (Steve Carrell) is a bad guy. With his hoard of yellow tic-tac shaped minions, he plans to commit the ultimate crime: stealing the moon! Somehow, he finds himself adopting three young girls who turn his world upside down.

This is a wonderful happy film, that will leave you humming its songs (music by Pharrell Williams) and repeating its oh-so-quotable lines.