Snapshots - #35: Marshall, American Made, The Glass Castle

The movies…
Marshall (♦♦♦♦): Black lawyer Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) is entrusted by the NCAAP to defend a black chauffeur (Sterling K. Brown) in Greenwich, CT, who has been accused of rape by his white employer. As Marshall is not allowed by the judge as legal counsel because he doesn't hold a CT license, he engages, reluctantly on both sides, the service of Jewish insurance lawyer Sam Friedman (Josh Gad), whom, with Marshall's help, will have to acquire criminal defense experience in a matter of months. But as the case is tried in court, it becomes evident that it is anything but cut and dry. Powerfully acted by Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, and Sterling K. Brown in the leading roles, Marshall treads a fine line between inspiring legal thriller and drama. On both counts it delivers in spades. Based on a true story, with race and bigotry fueling public opinion, before the apogee of the Civil Rights Movement, this accused black man is doomed from the start. A full century…

Funny Girl (♦♦♦♦♦)

Wow! I just finished watching this movie starring Barbra Streissand and Omar Sharif. What a man! What a couple! They look so beautiful together! I had so much fun! The music is lively and contagious; the plot so fresh and funny.

This film is about Fanny Brice (Barbra Streissand in an Oscar-winning role), a skinny, Jewish girl with an amazing voice and good comic timing, who starts working in a small theater and later becomes a Broadway superstar. Along the way she meets Nick Arnstein (Omar Sharif), a gorgeous gambler with gent’s manners, and they fall in love…They get married, have a child, and just when life seems utterly perfect, things start to crumble and threaten to tear them apart. What starts as a musical comedy ends up being a drama that will leave you breathless!


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