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Monáe, Henson and Spencer excel in moments light and serious.

MOVIE

No. 1 Hidden Figures

Unsung heroines of the space race get their due in a film as entertaining as it is educational

DRAMA During the 1960s scramble to put an astronaut in orbit, a group of African-American female mathematicians worked behind the scenes at NASA, doing the complex calculations that sent Alan Shepard and John Glenn to space. Sounds like a dull, dutiful history lesson? Think again. Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe bring every ounce of their considerable charm to a script filled with humor and heart. The movie conveys the injustice of discrimination—the women couldn’t even go to the bathroom in the same building as white scientists—and the thrill of victory on a visceral, personal level. Kevin Costner and Mahershala Ali ace their supporting roles. (In wide release Jan. 6, PG)

TV

No. 2 Taboo

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