Forget what you know about Spiderman, Superman, or Batman—meet three real-life superheroes that made people fly—and their power was math!

Hidden Figures is the true tale of three female mathematicians who help NASA win the space race.  Set in Langley, Virginia in the early 1960’s, the trio proudly work for NASA and fight for recognition in a white -male dominated work environment.  You see, these mathematicians are African American and they work as “Colored Computers.”

The drama follows math genius Katherine, played to perfection by Taraji P. Henson, Dorothy played by the magnificent Octavia Spencer, a leader in early computer programming, and Mary, an aspiring engineer, portrayed by musical artist Janelle Monae.


Math, NASA, and American History—sounds boring, right—well IT’S NOT.  ‘Math’ is shot like an action sequence, and the film moves like an Atlas Rocket as the stories of these three women unfold. It’s funny, and it’s poignant—and the talented stars and crisp writing kept my eyes riveted to the screen.

The cast also includes Kevin Costner as the tough boss, Jim Parsons as the competitive lead engineer and Kirsten Dunst as the office manager and embodiment of  ‘southern pre-civil rights thinking.’

Based on a book by Margot Lee Shetterly, Hidden Figures is a great demonstration of injustice, intelligence and fortitude, and I can’t begin to tell you how much I loved it.  Director/writer Theodore Melfi, along with writer Allison Schroeder—pulled together a great story. I see lots of Oscars nominations for this terrific film.

Hidden Figures launches Christmas day—take everyone you know to see it— yes kids, yes grandma and yes ‘you’—-and stay for the credits—you’ll feel inspired.

Lisa DiGiovine

Lisa DiGiovine

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Lisa DiGiovine is a yacht owning, Ph.d with a trust fund and a penchant for lying--except when it comes to movies. She loves them. She worships them and outside of a good glass of wine and a date with her boyfriend and a cuddle with her pets---can be found mesmerized in a dark theatre in the back row--losing herself in a marvelous adventure. Lisa is an unscripted TV producer with 3 Emmy nominations and a delirious sense of humor.

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