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Colin Firth on producing Loving, one of this year’s buzziest Oscar movies

With the release of Jeff Nichols’ acclaimed drama Loving (in select theaters now), many people are learning for the first time about the modest, real-life couple who changed the course of American history. Mildred and Richard Loving were arrested in 1958 for the crime of interracial marriage, which at the time was outlawed in the commonwealth of Virginia and 19 other states. Over the next decade they fought their case all the way up to the United States Supreme Court.

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Critical Mass: Doctor Strange conjures magic as Loving charms

Moviegoers have a lot to choose from this weekend, as four new major releases hit theaters, each of them registering a 76 percent (or higher) on Rotten Tomatoes as of Thursday, Nov. 3. From major blockbuster spectacles (Doctor Strange) to smaller prestige dramas (Loving), EW wants you to make the right decision when choosing which film to see this weekend. Use our handy Critical Mass guide below to see what the critics are saying about this week’s hottest new releases. 

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Loving trailer urges audiences to vote in upcoming presidential election

“What if it was illegal to marry the one you love?” asks a new, emotionally charged trailer for Jeff Nichols’ upcoming historical drama Lovingwhich follows the real-life struggles of Richard and Mildred Loving, a white man and black woman arrested in 1958 Virginia for living together as husband and wife at a time when segregation laws prevented interracial unions.

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Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton on the reluctant heroes of Loving

The 1967 Supreme Court case of Loving v. Virginia was a landmark moment in civil rights history, invalidating years of legislation prohibiting interracial marriage. The case had a major effect on U.S. history, and decades later, it was also used as precedent to argue against laws prohibiting same-sex marriage, but in reality, the couple at the center of the case were not interested in the national stage.

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Jeff Nichols' Loving to open Austin Film Festival

The Austin Film Festival has announced that filmmaker Jeff Nichols’ drama Loving will play on the opening night of this year’s event in Texas, which takes place Oct. 13-20. The film stars Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton as real-life couple Mildred and Richard Loving, who played a crucial role in invalidating laws prohibiting interracial marriage. 

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Loving trailer: Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga break barriers in interracial marriage drama

In 1958, a private, soft-spoken couple named Richard and Mildred Loving were married in Washington, D.C. and settled in their home state of Virginia. A few months later, they were arrested in their home in the middle of the night and thrown in jail. The crime: interracial marriage.

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Midnight Special director Jeff Nichols breaks down his process

If you haven’t yet discovered the oeuvre of writer/director Jeff Nichols, this might be the weekend to do so. The Southern born and bred filmmaker has become a force in the landscape thanks to his intimate American storytelling, something on display in full force in this weekend’s Midnight Special, his fourth feature.

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Civil Rights drama Loving gets November release

Loving has been given a prime awards season release date.

The interracial marriage biopic starring Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga hits theaters Nov. 4 on a limited basis before going wide Nov. 11, Focus Features announced Tuesday.

Writer-director Jeff Nichols (Mud, Midnight Special) was inspired by the award-winning documentary The Loving Story, which detailed the lives of Richard (Edgerton) and Mildred Loving (Negga).

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