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Finally, a chance to unveil ‘Hidden Figures’

One addition to the list of movies opening on Friday: "Hidden Figures."

Here are some advance critical comments on the film:

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone: "This untold story of African-American females who helped NASA conquer the cosmos features three incredible performances. Corny at times, sure, but you'll still want to stand up and cheer."

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post: "This movie adroitly portrays the sheer waste and inefficiency of racism and misogyny. Just think how much has been lost, the movie suggests, over centuries of depriving ourselves of the brains, talents and leadership of more than half our population?"

A.O. Scott, New York Times: "There is something to be said for a well-told tale with a clear moral and a satisfying emotional payoff."

And here is a look at the historical context of the film: "The True Story of 'Hidden Figures.' "