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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.

Mike Nichols: A True Champ

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


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.


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

Quick Take: Ghosts From the Past

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


Reese Witherspoon in “Wild”. Photo: Fox Searchlight

Quick Take: Trail of Sorrow

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


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.


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.