U.S., 2020, 117 min, 2K DCP, dir. John Leguizamo, Not Rated

Critical Thinking

Thursday, 11/18 to Tuesday, 11/23

"Critical Thinking shows that Leguizamo makes a good teacher on screen and behind the camera –he’s telling a story that is truly inspiring and educational, but also revealing its relevance and keeping it fun." —Joe Blessing, The Playlist

The opening night screening at 7:30 pm on Nov 18th will include a Q&A with producer Carla Berkowitz, the original National Chess Champs and actors Jeffry Batista and Ruben E.A. Brown and a post-screening reception sponsored by Bombay Sapphire, Plume And Petal, Cerveceria La Tropical and Crackers Casual Dining. This screening is now SOLD OUT.

It’s 1998 in Miami. Rampant poverty, broken families, and a prejudiced system push underprivileged youth to the fringes of society. But for a magnetic group of teens, there’s a reprieve. A game where it’s not about where you come from, but how you play. That equalizer is chess. Mr. “T” Martinez (John Leguizamo, who also directed the film), a chess militant and passionate coach, leads them to a completely foreign field of battle: the National Chess Championship. With an underfunded school district, Martinez and his team can’t just waltz into the arena. They have to fight for it. Chess runs parallel to their own experiences as Martinez teaches them that the power of critical thinking can not only save their kings, but also their lives.

The following screenings will be presented with Spanish subtitles:
Sat. 11/20 at 3:40 pm
Sun. 11/21 at 6:10 pm

This film is presented in partnership with Miami Film Lab.

Tickets to these screenings are $12.75 and under. Cinema members pay only $8.

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