Let me tell you why I do what I do: Not long ago, Cinematical gave away tickets to the New York City premiere of The Great Debaters. Afterward, two of the ticket winners emailed, thanking me profusely, saying that attending the premiere -- in the historic Ziegfeld Theater -- was one of the greatest moviegoing experiences of their lives. I may not make a million dollars a year, or know everything there is to know about film, but to help two people enjoy such a wonderful and memorable experience is more rewarding than any macho paycheck. So thanks for emailing.
And in the meantime, for those who haven't yet seen The Great Debaters, Cinematical has received this exclusive clip from the film (see above), in which Denzel Washington welcomes a bunch of young kids into a make-shift classroom in an attempt to teach them how to debate. The Great Debaters was just nominated for a Best Picture Golden Globe, and in his review our own Scott Weinberg noted the film is "easily worth seeing for the superlative performances, the still-important history lessons, and the really excellent mid-'30s production design ..." The Great Debaters is directed by Denzel Washington, and it stars Washington, Forest Whitaker, Nate Parker and Denzel Whitaker. You can read more about the film in our junket report; The Great Debaters is currently playing nationwide.