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Scarlett Johansson. Photo: CBS

Scarlett Johansson Turns 30

She has established herself as a woman in full control, unwilling to sell herself in cheap exploitation flicks.

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Mike Nichols: A True Champ

He could always rely on his terrific actors, but he also made sure many other ingredients worked equally well.

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Jack Warden, Edward Binns, E.G. Marshall, John Fiedler, Henry Fonda, Ed Begley, Robert Webber, Jack Klugman, George Voskovec, Martin Balsam and Joseph Sweeney in “12 Angry Men”. Photo: United Artists

Review: Choosing Life or Death

12 Angry Men: Right from the start Sidney Lumet seems to have realized the true potential of his medium.

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David Dencik in “Gentlemen”. Photo: B-Reel

Quick Take: Ghosts From the Past

Gentlemen: A stunning failure from the Call Girl (2012) director.

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Reese Witherspoon in “Wild”. Photo: Fox Searchlight

Quick Take: Trail of Sorrow

Wild: Reese Witherspoon’s best work in many years.

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Timothy Spall in “Mr. Turner”. Photo: Focus Features

Quick Take: Light and Dark

Mr. Turner: All the details of the Romantic era take us to another time and place; the effect is often fascinating.

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Frances McDormand and Richard Jenkins in “Olive Kitteridge”. Photo: HBO

Review: Til Death Do Us Part

Olive Kitteridge: As an actors’ showpiece, this is a formidable achievement.