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The story of Virginia Walden Ford (Uzo Aduba), Miss Virginia delves into the life of the working-class mother in Washington, D.C. who fought the system to provide her teenage son with a decent private education. She formed a grassroots organization, D.C. Parents for School Choice, and took her fight to Congress where she won the approval to build the nation’s first scholarship program for low-income children. Matthew Modine, hair permanently tousled, plays the congressman who finally acquiesces to work with this formidable woman to affect change. R.J. Daniel Hanna directed this inspirational drama from a screenplay by Erin O’Connor.

Galaxy Mission Grove, 121 Allessandro Blvd., Riverside; Fri., Oct. 18, various showtimes; $11.25-$13. (951) 780-4379, galaxytheatres.com.