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If there's one film to see this year, it's 12 Years a Slave, a wrenching but rewarding historical epic. See This12 Years a Slave var brightcovevideoid = '2752863002001'; Sometimes we have to do hard things. I can't think of a film in a recent memory I have been so compelled to sit through, wrestling all the while with how difficult it is to do so. 12 Years a Slave is, to put it simply, the first film to truly convey the horrors of what used to be called the "peculiar institution." But it is such a brilliantly directed, written and performed piece of cinema, »

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