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Asa Butterfield in “x+y”. Photo: Origin Pictures

Quick Take: A Beautiful Young Mind

x+y: Well made, with an effective low-key lead performance and good supporting efforts, especially by Rafe Spall.

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“The Birth of a Nation”. Photo: Kino Video

Review: Fighting for the White Man

The Birth of a Nation: There are many divisive ingredients in this war epic, but what cannot be disputed is its standing in the history of cinema.

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Kane Hodder on “The Arsenio Hall Show”. Photo: Paramount

A Horror Star Turns 60

Happy birthday, Kane Hodder! Let’s hope that if one horror franchise stalls, another one awaits.

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Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show”. Photo: Comedy Central

Rand Paul is In for a Rude Awakening

Rand Paul’s hard-line moral views just make him look like another crusty Republican.

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Orson Welles and Charlton Heston in “Touch of Evil”. Photo: Universal

Review: Terror on the Border

Touch of Evil: The story makes no sense perhaps, but it is still easy enough to follow, with compelling characters, and Welles builds suspense masterfully.

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Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel in “Life Itself”. Photo: Kartemquin Films

Review: Ebert’s Four-Star Journey

Life Itself: This documentary is evidence of Steve James’s tremendous skill as a documentary chronicler.

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Vin Diesel and Paul Walker in “FuriousSeven”. Photo: Universal

Quick Take: One Last Chase

FuriousSeven: The filmmakers give Paul Walker a proper send-off that is emotional and true to his character.