One of the best films of 2014 (or, in my opinion, the best) is returning to theaters this weekend for a limited engagement. Paramount Pictures is re-releasing Ava DuVernay’s powerful, timely, and impeccably crafted Selma starting March 20th in honor of the 50th anniversary of the historic civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. And as part of the special encore engagement, if you buy a ticket to Selma at a participating theater, you get an additional ticket to the film for free—so take your friends/family/strangers!
The film is downright masterful, complete with an incredible, transformative performance by David Oyelowo as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. What’s so refreshing about DuVernay’s take is that she’s crafted a complex portrayal of Dr. King as a human being, not as some superhero or deity. She brings us into the mindset of what it would be like to have everyone looking to you for guidance at a time when the struggle for change appears to be running up against a brick wall. It’s a three-dimensional portrait of not only a man, but a movement, and the parallels to today’s struggles make it all the more relevant. Moreover, Selma serves as a fantastic procedural about the process of exactly how change is enacted.
If you didn’t catch Selma when it was in theaters or have friends that haven’t seen it, I cannot recommend it enough. And with the “buy one, get one free” promotion, it’d be silly not to bring someone along.
For a list of theaters and to purchase tickets, visit www.SelmaMovie.com