'Selma' is moving, but not quite one of the best pictures of 2014

December 29, 2014 3:56 PM

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Earnest and often inspiring, "Selma" is a handsomely mounted "Eyes on the Prize" account of the defining protests of the civil rights movement. Handsomely mounted and high-minded, it's only sins are overreaching ambition and a tendency to rub the roughest edges off the principals .

It's still a history lesson that's both moving and informative, if not downright entertaining.

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