Movie of the week: Selma

For the first featured film of 2015, we’re going to take a look at one of the most talked about films to be released in 2014, meaning it was released in limited capacity a few weeks ago but it is going widespread this weekend. That film is Selma, directed by Ava DuVernay and adapted to the screen by Paul Webb, which chronicles the historic Civil Rights campaign orchestrated by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., played by David Oyelowo, for the purpose of equal rights for African-Americans despite the violent opposition taking place in the three month period in 1965.

What am I expecting to see?: This movie is one of the most talked about topics going into the new year. It is garnering a plethora of acclaim from various awards circuits, it is generating a lot of positive acclaim for lead actor Oyelowo and director Ava DuVernay, who could make history as the first African-American female to be nominated for a Best Director Oscar by next week. The flip side of conversation regarding this film is that it takes certain historical liberties that lead critics to point out that certain events in the film are not historically accurate. Bottom line, I have high expectations for this film. It features a strong cast of actors including Cuba Gooding Jr., Tim Roth, Giovanni Ribisi, Tom Wilkinson, Martin Sheen and Oprah Winfrey. I expect Selma to prove itself to be the contender I believe it can be.

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