12 Years a Slave
2013
The autobiography of Solomon Northup, a free black man who was abducted from New York state and sold into slavery in the mid-1800s, serves as the basis for this historical drama. Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as Northup, and Brad Pitt plays an abolitionist.

Samir Mehta: “It ruled.”

The word masterpiece gets thrown around a lot, but this is hands down a masterpiece. The acting, cinematography, writing, score, and everything else come together perfectly. Steve McQueen legitimately pulled a Spielberg in making unimaginable human tragedy live and breathe. As a result, it's painful to watch - probably more upsetting to me than Schindler's List, Munich, Paradise Now, or any number of the classic downer movies. It's also something that I think everyone in America should see.

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