Since 2008, the script for Selma, a biopic about the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., centered on the 1964 civil rights protest in Selma, Alabama, had been getting the attention of Hollywood heavy hitters like Brad Pitt and Oprah Winfrey. In a director’s chair shuffle, the film passed from The Butler‘s Lee Daniels to a young filmmaker named Ava Duvernay. With a cast rounded out with classically trained British actors and a host of recognizable names (including Oprah herself) in small roles, Selma was released in 2014, and it and Duvernay instantly became media darlings. The film garnered three Oscar nominations, but only took home the statue for best original song, courtesy of Common and John Legend. But does Selma find glory for its subject matter or does it fail to live up to the dream? MovieDude Eric, Kent, and Jonolobster cross that bridge when they come to it.
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Arthouse Summer: The Goonies
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