FENCES – Thursday, June 22
The adaptation of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, directed and starring Denzel Washington, the film centers on the life of a black garbage collector named Troy Maxson. The film is set in the 1950’s in Pittsburgh, Troy is very bitter after the color barrier was only broken after his retirement from the Negro Leagues and takes out his constant frustration on his loved ones, especially his youngest son who has dreams of his own. Starring also Viola Davis, who along with Washington, both won Tony’s for their revival performance of the play in 2010. Additional cast include Stephen Henderson, Jovan Adepo, Russell Hornsby, and Mykelti Williamson.
MOANA – Thursday, July 27
Young teenager Moana, voiced by Auli’i Cravalho, the daughter of a Polynesian tribal chief is the future leader of her tribe. However, her destiny has been foretold as she is chosen by the island to find a precious artifact that can save her people. Teamed up with demigod Maui, voiced by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, the two travel across a dangerous ocean filled with incredible sea creatures to a legendary island. A Disney film, the soundtrack includes legendary Lin-Manuel Miranda, the Grammy and Tony winning creator of the stage musical Hamilton.
HIDDEN FIGURES – Thursday, August 24
The untold story of three female African-American mathematicians who aid in providing the critical calculations for NASA’s space race against the Soviet Union, all the while facing racism from their white co-workers. Based on the best selling novel of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly, Hidden Figures stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia L. Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, and Jim Parsons.