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

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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…

Sex and the City 2 (♦♦♦)

  In this second installment, Carrie and the girls go to the “new” Middle East for a much needed vacation. This time they are juggling motherhood, marriage, aging and some of the stuff they never left behind, namely insecurities. Carrie is so insecure in the direction that her marriage with Mr. Big is taking, that she feels inclined to kiss Adrian! She never loved Adrian in first place! What’s that about?! Charlotte has a nanny, better looking and younger than she is, and who wears no bra! When does that happen in real life? Samantha stays true to her original self, except now she is a control freak with aging issues. Miranda and Steve seem more mismatched than ever. If they ever had any chemistry, it is gone by now.
I loved the series and the first movie, but I could have been OK if I hadn’t seen this one.

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