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…

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (♦♦♦)

The king of Persia sees a daring and courageous young orphan in the market and decides to adopt him as his son. As a young man, Prince Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal) helps his brothers to strike the holy city of Alamut in the search for treacherous invaders, but during the invasion, the beautiful princess Tamina, the guardian of the Sands of Time, tries to smuggle out a dagger that holds mysterious powers and the dagger ends out in Dastan’s possession.

When the king is poisoned with a robe that Dastan has presented as a gift, everyone assumes Dastan has committed treason so he flees to save his life. Princess Tamina joins him in his quest to clear his name and ultimately restore balance to the world through the frequent use of the magical dagger.

The story is somewhat boring, but lush scenarios and costumes, as well as good performances by Ben Kingsley and Alfred Molina make this movie worth your time.


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