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‘12 Years a Slave’

In 1977, the miniseries “Roots” awakened the national conscience about the inhumanity of slavery during one of the most appalling periods in American history. The Oscar-nominated “12 Years a Slave” adds an exclamation point to that production through the true story of Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), the New York State citizen – a free man – who was kidnapped and made to work on a plantation in New Orleans in the 1800s.

Through an Oscar-worthy performance by Ejiofor and Oscar-winning newcomer Lupita Nyong’o, director Steve McQueen has fashioned a film that will haunt your heart and mind.

WIN ‘12 YEARS A SLAVE’ ON BLU-RAY! E-mail CLT@charlotteobserver.com with “12 Years a Slave” in the subject line and your name, age, and mailing address in the body of the email. Three winners will be selected at random. Deadline: 11:59 p.m. Sunday.

‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’

Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) must fight again during the 75th Hunger Games. The second film in what will be a four-part series features the same elements as the first.

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