Despite embellishments, stunning 'Selma' presents insightful honesty

January 8, 2015 4:33 PM

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Since films based on fact are controversial, perhaps we should stop making them. "Selma," an ambitious, deeply moving drama about the 1960s civil rights movement, has triggered a noisy quarrel, just as pseudo-true-story Oscar contenders "Zero Dark Thirty' and "Argo" did a couple of years ago.

"Selma," which has already received four Golden Globe nominations, opens with the Rev. Martin Luther King (David Oyelowo) and his wife, Coretta Scott King (Carmen Ejogo), dressing formally to receive his Nobel Peace Prize. It shifts quickly to scenes of an ongoing war against black Americans.

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