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Year
2014
Runtime
128 min.
Director
Ava DuVernay
Genres
Drama, Biography, History
Rating *
7.5
Votes *
45,748
Checks
5,953
Favs
301
Dislikes
49
Favs/checks
5.1% (1:20)
Favs/dislikes
6:1
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  1. jhhayes's avatar

    jhhayes

    The "Academy" should be ashamed that they didn't give this film the recognition it deserves. A must see film. As a 28 year old Southern, white male that was born and raised in Tuscaloosa, AL, I was truly moved by this film. It angered me, saddened me, embarrassed me for those that came before me, but, ultimately, inspired me beyond measure. 6 years 5 months ago
  2. frankqb's avatar

    frankqb

    A film full of great performances and surprisingly refreshing drama. Highly recommended. It shone a light on events that need more recognition. 6 years 11 months ago
  3. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    Selma is the best "true story" movie from this Oscar season, and I've seen a number of them. It's not, as first might appear, a Martin Luther King biopic. He's certainly the main character though. Rather, it specifically revolves around the events of the civil rights movement that happened in Selma, Alabama, in a struggle to get unimpeded voting rights in the state and the rest of the U.S. As someone who works with activists in his professional life, I definitely connected to all the behind the scenes action - strategy meetings, using the media, the cult of personality, juggling protest and lobbying, the divisions, the incremental victories, the crushing reversals, and the doubts and discouragement. The acting is unimpeachable. The injustice heartbreaking, but not overly sentimentalized. The portrait painted accurate and powerful. It'll put fire in your soul, and in that sense, it is completely appropriate that people feel moral outrage about this year's white-washed Oscars. 6 years 7 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #27 in BBC's The 100 Greatest Films Directed by Women
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  6. This movie ranks #520 in Academy Award - Best Picture Nominees
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  7. This movie ranks #756 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
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