I caught a few glimpses of the ad for this Denzell Washington flick over the holidays ... one review gives us a(nother) reason to check it out:

Henry is one of a score of Wiley students trying out for the debate squad coached by Melvin Tolson (Washington), an opinionated, demanding teacher. Tolson — think John Houseman in “The Paper Chase” — puts these hopefuls in the hot seat, peppering them with tough questions and references to Greek and Roman antiquity so he can gauge their ability to organize their thoughts under pressure.