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I watched the new 4K UHD edition of Hidden Figures yesterday and was caught completely off guard. This is an amazingly entertaining movie about an otherwise shameful period in our country. That's no small feat, that. The incredible hardships faced by three black women at the dawn of the Space Race are deftly balanced with humor and heart. I just wasn't expecting the movie to be so moving.

It's rather sad that it took a motion picture — a motion picture! — to bring these three women into the limelight. Hidden Figures plays at times like Civil Rights 101 in that it never really goes into great detail. On the other hand, most people are already familiar (or should be) with the civil rights struggle of the 1960s, so there's some credit to that decision. I thought the film handled the entitled racism of some characters in a wholly believable way. I cringed every time a white person of power casually dismissed one of the black women ("Go on now, be about your work!"). When these three characters rise above the treatment they're given, you can't help but fall in love with them.

And while I'm a founding member of Team Octavia, there's no doubt that Hidden Figures belongs to Taraji Henson. Oh, my lord — what a life-changing role this is for the actress. I'd previously only seen her in TV's "Empire," which (frankly) didn't impress me much. What a shock to see Henson bring her A game to this project. It's a tour de force performance, no ifs, ands, or buts.

If you haven't already seen this movie, go and watch it now!

And in the meanwhile, here's Another Hot Guy.