Ava DuVernay's 'Selma' review: David Oyelowo shines as Martin Luther King Jr.

January 17, 2015 8:46 PM

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Martin Luther King Jr. was a man, but Selma proves much more than that. Director Ava DuVernay paints a picture of the Civil Rights movement that humanizes not just Dr. King, but the entire fight for rights that had been denied to African Americans.

DuVernay and writer Paul Webb wisely chose to make their film about one of the key moments in King's career, rather than trying to make some overreaching biopic. In fact, the film begins with King uncomfortably accepting the Nobel Peace Prize of 1964, grappling with the idea that he is receiving a p...

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