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Selma

PG-13| 2 hr. 8 min.

Plot Summary
Although the Civil Rights Act of 1964 legally desegregated the South, discrimination was still rampant in certain areas, making it very difficult for blacks to register to vote. In 1965, an Alabama city became the battleground in the fight for suffrage. Despite violent opposition, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his followers pressed forward on an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, and their efforts culminated in President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Cast: David Oyelowo , Tom Wilkinson , Carmen Ejogo , Giovanni Ribisi , Alessandro Nivola , Cuba Gooding Jr. , Tim Roth , Oprah Winfrey

Director: Ava DuVernay

Genres: Historical drama

Distributor: Paramount Pictures

Selma (2014)

Release Date: January 9th, 2015|2 hr. 8 min.

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critic reviews ( 3 )
fan reviews ( 12 )
  • The sad fact is that racial injustice is timelier than ever. Righteous fury is in the air. And that fervor to stand up and be counted is all over Selma. show more

  • This is a remarkable performance, remarkable not only in its force, but in its strength and precision. Oyelowo is reason alone to see Selma, and if you need another reason, there’s Carmen Ejogo, as a lovely, strong and haunted Coretta Scott King. show more

  • At its best, Ava DuVernay’s biographical film honors Dr. King’s legacy by dramatizing the racist brutality that spurred him and his colleagues to action. The director and her screenwriter, Paul Webb, are less successful — sometimes much less so — at breathing life into the private moments that define King as an inspirational figure with human flaws, and a political as well as spiritual force. show more

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  • June 08, 2015 NCW449
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    Often, a film gathers strength by overplaying points. In "Selma", overplaying points robs the film of its authenticity and historical importance. The times were difficult, people were mistreated and the attitude of the majority of the country was severely unjust, not just the south. This film could have been an important depiction and slice of historical importance for the people who did not live through these times. I did. The movie, however, was slow and boring much of the time but the overplayed punches were inserted to make up for bad acting, directing and most importantly editing. Don't waste your money!

  • February 14, 2015 mikesmutt
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    a worthy effort but important stories to tell don't always make great movies---quite a few scenes are very dramatic and gripping but there are also plenty of dead space--- grade B

  • January 30, 2015 Monae West
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    I loved this movie it was great. It taught me a lot. It also helped me have a better understanding of what our people had to go through to pay the way for the simple things we take for granted

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