'Selma' marches well to beat of dramatic moment

January 8, 2015 4:34 PM

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There are times when watching David Oyelowo in "Selma" that it's easy to believe you're looking at Martin Luther King Jr. Aside from the accidents of age, size and appearance, Oyelowo has studied King's gestures, not only his public manner - his dramatic use of his arms and hands - but his more private side, the weary yet determined quality he had in one-on-one interviews.

In the movie's more private moments, Oyelowo even sounds like King. What he can't match - probably no one could - is King's powerful oratorical voice. Still, this is a remarkable performance, remarkable not only in its force but in its strength and precision. Oyelowo is reason alone to see "Selma," ...

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