"Hidden Figures" is an excellent dramatic treatment of a generally unknown bit of history that deserves to be MUCH better known. It is marred slightly by the fact that the math and science are dumbed WAY down to make the dialog more intelligible. This was a bad choice; anyone in the audience who paid attention to the math would know it was feeble, and those who didn't pay attention wouldn't care. We enjoyed the movie a great deal anyway.
"Patriots Day" is a dramitizaton of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, and the manhunt that followed it. The story significantly resisted the efforts of the film makers to force a logical structure onto an incredibly chaotic chain of events. I think that the movie is worth seeing, but it is not a pleasant experience.
My Cisco certification class started on January 10; three days a week until sometime in April. The material is not particularly difficult, but there is a LOT of it, and the out of class reading is eating my life. I am more than keeping up with the class, but am not learning the material as well as *I* feel I should, and can't find the time to learn it as well as I would like.