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Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) just can’t catch a break. The professional bodyguard who lost his AAA-rating in the previous film is now in therapy to deal with this tremendous blow to his ego, largely the result of his association with the hitman he ostensibly was protecting, one Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson). When Kincaid’s wife, the notorious con artist Sonia Kincaid (Salma Hayek), asks for his help, how can he refuse?
I dare you to keep from tapping your toes to the rhythms of the street in the new movie musical, “In the Heights,” a cinematic version of the Tony Award-winning theatrical production by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes.
The film directed by John M. Chu is at times intensely personal and at others an epic, sweeping depiction of New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood where Miranda grew up. At its heart, it’s about family, and friendships and clear-eyed hope. It’s virtually all-Hispanic cast are colorful, lively, immensely talented and wonderfully absent of a woefully typical Hollywood approach.
In 2015, she rolled eight miles in her wheelchair following a popular route of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit, or MARTA. On that rainy Friday, Jessica Blinkhorn, along with reporters from her community, stopped at all nine stations on the route. They were protesting the system, voicing their frustrations, demonstrating through wheeled action for the simple right to be included in the ability to ride public transportation.