CRITICAL THINKING

CRITICAL THINKING

2020 (USA) 117 minutes
Directed by: John Leguizamo
Produced by: Scott M. Rosenfelt

The film is based on the true story of a 1998 Miami Jackson High School chess team. 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. Mr. “T” Martinez (played by Leguizamo), 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.

John Leguizamo’s directorial debut

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