By Alissa Wilkinson

Masterful, compelling, confessional, necessary viewing.

mpaa rating:PG-13 (For disturbing thematic material including violence, a suggestive moment, and brief strong language.)

Genre:Biopic

Directed By: Ava DuVernay

Run Time: 2 hours 2 minutes

Cast: Giovanni Ribisi, Tim Roth, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola

Theatre Release:January 09, 2015 by Paramount Pictures

Last week I explored whether our art is up to dealing with the challenges of our times. I suggested that one of the difficulties facing artists is that there’s simply more stuff to watch, and so even a great work simply gets seen by fewer people—which means we have fewer common texts to talk about, and fewer works that can move the needle substantially on our national conversations.

Having said all that, I’m going to do something I’ve only done once before, and also say this: you, Christianity Today reader, need to go see Selma.

See it while it’s in the theater (Christmas Day in some markets and January 9 in the rest), and bring some friends or family members. It is a very, very good movie, beautifully shot by Bradford Young (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, A Most Violent Year) and deftly, almost astonishingly well-directed by relative newcomer Ava DuVernay. Its cast is terrific— Oprah Winfrey, Lorraine Toussaint, …read more

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