FENCES – Denzel Washington directed and stars in this adaptation of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, which centers on a black garbage collector named Troy Maxson in 1950s Pittsburgh. Bitter that baseball’s color barrier was only broken after his own heyday in the Negro Leagues, Maxson is prone to taking out his frustrations on his loved ones. Both Washington and co-star Viola Davis won Tonys for their performances in the 2010 revival of the play. Stephen Henderson, Jovan Adepo, Russell Hornsby, and Mykelti Williamson round out the supporting cast.

Q-tips say:  Liked it. Excellent acting. Mrs. Q says: Hope Violet Davis, as Rose, wins an Academy Award along with several of the other cast members. Ms. Davis, in my opinion, steels the show with her powerful performance. Not sure many other women would be as kind and gracious as she in the role of Rose.