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.


“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.


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.


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.


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.