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At first I thought to myself, Here it comes, the negative hit pieces against 12 Years a Slave are already underway, as I started reading Michael Cieply's New York Times piece examining the historical veracity of Solomon Northup's 160-year-old story of how he was abducted as a free man and forced into slavery. The film clearly has the ear of Oscar at this point and is dominating awards chatter out of Toronto as we await the release of the next wave of Oscar hopefuls. After reading the story, it doesn't have the earmarks of a hit piece, instead an interesting look at a story historians have long pondered and thought the literal truth. As with all films based on supposedly true stories we expect a certain measure of dramatic license and in the case of Lee Daniels' The Butler earlier this year, perhaps a lot of dramatic license. Screenwriter »

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