SELMA – Review by Lisa Rosman

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The only man from the twentieth century who has an American federal holiday named after him, Martin Luther King Jr. is almost inarguably our country’s most influential civil rights leader to date. Yet, as improbable as it may seem, “Selma” is the first feature-length film ever made about him. Wisely, DuVernay and screenwriter Paul Webb don’t compensate by covering the entire arc of King’s life. Instead, they pick up right where a more traditional King biopic might have ended: when awards have already been bestowed but important work is left to be done. Read more>>

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Lisa Rosman

A former labor organizer and child actress, Lisa Rosman has reviewed film for such publications as Marie Claire, Salon, Vulture, RogerEbert.com, Time Out New York, Premiere, indieWire, LA Weekly, iVillage, Us Weekly, and Flavorwire, for which she also served as film editor from 2004-2009. She has commented on CBS Morning News, the Oxygen Channel, TNT, the IFC, Wisconsin’s WORT Radio, Cape Cod’s WOMR Radio, HuffPost Live, and appears weekly on the Time Warner film review show Talking Pictures. She is also the reviewer for Word and Film, and runs the blog Signs and Sirens, for which she writes about film, feminism, and eavesdropping. In 2012 she was honored as one of Glamour Magazine’s Women of the Year for her relief work in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Most notably, she once served as the assistant for Sesame Street’s Elmo.