Queen of Katwe (2016)

Queen of Katwe (2016)
  • In Theaters: September 30, 2016
  • MPAA Rating: PG for thematic elements, an accident scene and some suggestive material
  • Genres: Biography, Drama, Sport
  • Run Time: 2 Hour 4 Minutes
  • Distributors: ESPN Films, Walt Disney Pictures, Walt Disney Productions
  • Stars: David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong'o, Madina Nalwanga
  • Directors: Mira Nair
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  • Writer: William Wheeler
Phiona Mutesi, the gifted and determined teen at the center of Queen of Katwe, is an aspiring chess master who can see as many as eight moves ahead. Unfortunately, so can the audience: The inspirational true story of the Ugandan girl’s ascent through the competitive ranks lays out its pieces and strategies all too clearly. Even with director Mira Nair’s typically vivid sense of place and the charismatic central performances by David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong’o and a striking newcomer, the film hits every note of plucky positivity so squarely on the head that it leaves little room for audience involvement.

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