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…

Twilight Saga: Eclipse (♦♦♦♦)

In the third installment of the series, Bella is drawn closer to Edward and his vampire family as an army of newborns is getting ready to overtake Forts, Washington. Behind this army is the ever manipulative Victoria, the redheaded vampire who lost her lover James in Edward’s hands, who was trying to save Bella in the first movie of the series. The Volturi family is not doing anything to stop the attacks and ultimately give the Cullens an ultimatum to convert Bella or else. Jacob and his werewolves friends make a truce with the Cullens to defeat, together, the army of vampires. All the while, Edward proposes marriage to Bella, while Bella realizes that she has learned to also love Jacob.

This film is darker in tone than the first two; there are battle scenes and violent confrontations, but no gore, so I guess that makes it bearable. Good movie; I enjoyed it a lot even though I’m not a teenager, but I find the story refreshing and engaging. I also liked the first two installments in this series. I can’t wait to see what happens next!

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