Queen of Katwe

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A glorious drama that applies the traditional formula of an uplifting sports film to the real-life story of Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi (Madina Nalwanga), and then goes in unexpected directions to expose the scars horrific poverty can leave on the human soul. In adapting a book by Tim Crothers, director Mira Nair and screenwriter William Wheeler don't attempt to explain the vagaries of chess, other than to demonstrate Phiona's particular talent with three-dimensional thinking. Rather, they focus on her relationships with her supportive mom (Lupita Nyong'o) and her heroically selfless coach (David Oyelowo). The result is a remarkably inspirational movie about the strength of the human spirit in the face of adversity.

 

Watch out for:  References to cohabitation.

 

Rated: A-II, adults and adolescents; MPAA: PG

 

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