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Scott Carty reviews 'Hidden Figures,' 'A Monster Calls,' 'Silence'

The first 2017 weekend of movies opening in Western Washington offers some award-worthy options.

"Hidden Figures" is the true story of three African-American female mathematicians who worked as “Human Computers” for NASA in the 1960s. Taraji P. Henson (Katherine G. Johnson), Octavia Spencer (Dorothy Vaughan) and Janelle Monáe (Mary Jackson) are the true stars of "Hidden Figures," telling the fascinating story of the brilliant minds that made it possible for John Glenn to launch into space. All three stars told me their roles were very important to them, to share this story of three women who broke glass ceilings and achieved new heights for equal rights. Kevin Costner and Jim Parsons also star in the movie. The soundtrack was created by Pharrell Williams.

"Hidden Figures" is PG and I highly recommend that you see it with your kids. They’ll be reminded of darker days from the past and inspired by the determination and intelligence of three very special women.

"A Monster Calls"

Combining live action and animation with CGI effects, "A Monster Calls" offers a visually amazing option and a very emotional story. It is very closely crafted from the novel by Patrick Ness and stars Felicity Jones as the terminally-ill mother of Conor, played beautifully by Lewis MacDougall.

You’ll experience tears as you see Conor face bullying and the reality of losing his mom, all while trying to simply grow up as a kid. And it’s a role that was very personal for MacDougall, having recently lost his own mother prior to filming.

"Silence"

Finally, Martin Scorcese’s passion project, "Silence" It is a story of two 17th-century priests who travel to Japan to search for their lost mentor, played by Liam Neeson. It explores Christianity in the darkest moments, challenging faith and questioning how God can allow torture to happen to those who believe in him. "Silence" is a heavy, thought-provoking, sometimes stomach-turning, but beautiful film. It’s also very long, clocking in at 2 hours and 41-minutes. It’s rated R.

Enjoy the movies and be sure to follow me on Twitter @ScottCarty.

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