Selma (2014) – Ava DuVernay

In Selma’s most iconic scene, Martin Luther King Jr. is standing on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, a structure named for a former Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan. Behind him are thousands of marchers—mostly black, but some whites too—demonstrating against the suppression of African-American voter registration in Alabama. In front of King is a […]

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Foxcatcher (2014) – Bennett Miller

Director Bennett Miller’s films are distinct for its monotone visual palette, cold atmospheres, and bleak narratives. There is an ominous air that permeates through his films that reveals a sense of gravity and portent in contemporary society. Capote focuses on the brilliant literary mind of Truman Capote as well as his moral and ethical denigration […]

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Wild (2014) – Jean-Marc Vallée

The wilderness brings out some conflicting emotions from me. I’m not someone who likes going outside and I don’t handle bugs or other wildlife well. However, I’ve realized over the last few years that I do really appreciate being out in nature and experiencing the outdoors is becoming more and more a staple of my […]

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