"Critical Thinking" is a 2020 American biographical drama film directed by John Leguizamo.
The starring cast includes John Leguizamo, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Angel Bismark Curiel, Will Hochman, Rachel Bay Jones, Jeffry Batista, Ramses Jimenez, Zora Casebere, Michael Kenneth Williams, Corwin C. Tuggles and others.
Vertical Entertainment US on Wednesday, August 05, 2020 released the trailer:
Critical Thinking | Official Trailer (HD) | Vertical Entertainment.
Set in 1998, Critical Thinking tells the true story of a Cuban-American teacher named Mario Martinez (known to students as Mr. T) and his national championship-winning chess club at Miami Jackson High School. Martinez finds himself working with minority students as a chess teacher. Sedrick, an African-American child, living in a single-parent household, takes up chess as an elective and meets Mr. T along with Ito (Jorge Lendeborg Jr.), a student who works after school to support his education. The class also includes Rodelay (Angel Bismark Curiel), the class clown, and Gil (Will Hochman), who is of Spanish descent. Mr. T deals with interference from Principal Kestel (Rachel Bay Jones), who feels the class is made up of academic misfits. Kestel believes that the Chess club brings little to no glory to the school. Principal Kestel threatens to cut funding from the chess club and use it to fund the school's football team. To offset the registration ticket for the Regionals, Mr. T. uses his personal savings. At the end of the road trip, Sedrick happily tells his dad about his victory. Sedrick's father tells him to get his life straight and decide on his future rather than waste his time on chess. He loses his job, and his mother throws him out of her apartment. He quits the team because he lost everything. It dawns on the boys that they need money to register for the State Championship. They also need Ito, who previously qualified for the regionals. If they can't achieve both, they risk forfeiting.
They face interrogation from police officers who believe their friend Andre murdered one of the students, and they told him that he would be exonerated if he confesses that Andre did it. Soon thereafter, Ito, dealing with financial troubles, is recruited by the street drug kingpin for his knack with numbers. The boys were able to raise funds for the state championships by washing cars. They also recruit a new super player, Marcel, whom Mr. T calls Duchamp. At the last minute, Ito changes his mind and goes on a road trip with the boys for the tournament. An airline company had promised free flight tickets via sponsorship for them if they made it to the Nationals, which they narrowly qualify for due to Rodelay's refusal to accept a draw, thereby causing him to be Zugzwang. He stays at home to fix his life, with a drug dealer, Andre, threatening to hand him over to the police if he tries to quit.
Here is the full cast and characters of "Critical Thinking".
The film "Critical Thinking" was scheduled to be released on September 4, 2020 by Vertical Entertainment, ACE Entertainment, Forefront Media Group and Front Row Filmed Entertainment.
The duration of the film is 117 minutes.
"Critical Thinking" filming. Principal photography began in November 2018.
"Critical Thinking" got high rating from critics. IMDB rating is 6.4/10. Rotten Tomatoes rating is 93/100.
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