Necessary

From New Republic, David Thomson reviews Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave and rightfully wonders why it took a non-American to make such a brutally honest film about American slavery.

It is not that 12 Years a Slave is a “must see” in terms of normal entertainment, or a rival to the candy of The Help or The Butler. No, it is a film that necessity and education demand seeing.
— David Thomson