Michael Fassbender and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

DIRECTED By: Steve McQueen

WRITTEN By: John Ridley & Solomon Northup

PRODUCED By: Brad Pitt, Steve McQueen & Dede Gardner

DISTRIBUTED By: Fox Searchlight

 

RATED R FOR VIOLENCE/CRUELTY, SOME NUDITY AND BRIEF SEXUALITY

 

STARRING:

Chiwetel Ejiofor

Michael Fassbeneder

Lupita Nyong'o

Paul Giamatti

Benedict Cumberbatch

Sara Paulson

Alfrie Woodard

Paul Dano

Garret Dillahunt

and Brad Pitt

12 YEARS A SLAVE

by Jeremy Goeckner, Head Reviewer

It's simple... This is the best film of the year.

It's interesting. I watched this film about two months before the Oscar nominations were announced. And even before I saw another film in awards consideration, I knew that this one was going to win the top honors. I don't tell you this to boast, but simply to reinforce that this is one of those rare films that transcends mere cinema and penetrates the soul. This film is high art, and there's no film this year that was better.

 

It's not so much one thing that makes this film so great either. It's the perfect convergence of so many good decisions and so many impeccable performances built on top of each other. And the result is a film so engrossing, so emotionally draining and so well-made that it creates  kind of movie that rarely comes along more than once every couple of years.

 

The film is the true story of Solomon Northup, 

Lupita Nyong'o and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

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