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Today in Movie History: April 4

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has changed the face of movies, and no entry stands higher in public estimation than Captain America: The Winter Soldier. It throws Chris Evans’ star-spangled superhero against a dark conspiracy that reaches to the highest halls of power, even engulfing his old pal Bucky (Sebastian Stan), brainwashed into becoming an unstoppable assassin. It opened today in 2014. …

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Today in Movie History: November 8

It’s a big day in more ways than one, so let’s get to it. For 45 years, Shakespeare’s Henry V belonged firmly to Laurence Olivier, whose 1944 version was considered definitive. Intended to rally the British nation during World War II, it offered a fairy-tale atmosphere of inevitable victory and proved so potent that no one dared make another version of …