Selma

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Year of Release: 2014

Genre: Drama

Related to/Remake of:

Directed By: Ava DuVernay

Music By: Jason Moran

Starring: David Oyelowo (as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.), Tom Wilkinson (as President Lyndon B. Johnson), Carmen Ejogo (as Coretta Scott King), Andre Holland (as Andrew Young), Tessa Thompson (as Diane Nash), Giovanni Ribisi (as Lee C. White), and Tim Roth (as Governor George Wallace)

Basic Plot: In 1965, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. works to organize a non-violent march from Selma, Alabama to the state capital to protest the hurdles that state has put in place to prevent African Americans from voting.  Meanwhile, President Lyndon B. Johnson struggles with preventing damage to his legacy due to the slippery political slope this march presents.

Rating (Out of 4): 4

Pros: This movie does an excellent job of recreating a time and place, and stays focused on a singular event, rather than trying to cover all of the events involved in the Civil Rights Movement.  All of the performances are first-rate, with special mention for David Oyelowo’s portrayal of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Cons: Not much to complain about here.

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