RACE, NEERJA, THE WITCH and other Feb 19 Openers — Reviews by Jennifer Merin
Excellent biopics top this week’s list of openers. Race, releasing timely as Hollywood faces diversity issues, is the long overdue story of how Jesse Owens, the legendary track star, challenged America’s segregated playing fields and won gold at the 1936 Olympics, staged in Hitler’s Berlin. Neerja is about Neerja Bhanot, the truly heroic 22-year-old Indian flight attendant who saved the lives of 359 passengers aboard hijacked Pan Am 93 in Karachi in 1086, and was killed by the terrorists who took the plane. The Witch, set in colonial Massachusetts 30 years before the Salem Witch Trials, mixes superstition with the supernatural to brew a truly terrifying tale. Rolling Papers is an entertaining and educational documentary that tracks the Denver Post journalist assigned to the pot beat following legalization of marijuana in Colorado. Crazy About Tiffany’s is a documentary tribute to one of America’s top temples of conspicuous consumption, replete with historical details and celebrity cameos. Read the reviews.