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"Hidden Figures,” a crowd-pleasing time capsule filled with great performances and black love—and um, Kevin Costner personally ending racism

"Hidden Figures,” a crowd-pleasing time capsule filled with great performances and black love—and um, Kevin Costner personally ending racism

With the recent spate of “diverse” films in the Hollywood marketplace, audiences searching for representation on the big screen are becoming more shrewd, more discerning. As grateful as many of us are to see ourselves in front of (and behind) the camera, we’re slowly, but surely moving into a landscape where a film with predominantly black leads won’t cause the batting of an eye.

Consider “Hidden Figures,” which despite starring three incredibly talented black women, has been marketed as the kind of rote, box-ticking historical drama that’s become so commonplace throughout awards season as to be a punchline. Its trailers and TV spots weren’t far from the mark—this is a movie that...

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