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Matters of fact

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Whether they center on the daily travails of Cleveland comic-book author Harvey Pekar (“American Splendor”), or on the love story between poets Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes (“Sylvia”), or detail the dark journey of convicted serial killer Aileen Wuornos (“Monster”), a slew of movies based on real-life subject matter are among this year’s contenders.

Novel adventure

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Films adapted from novels have always been a significant part of the Oscar race. Since “All Quiet on the Western Front” won best pic in 1930, films based on novels have won the category over 40% of the time.

Mix master

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I always thought that every story has a particular way of being told. I realized this a long time ago when, at 19, I first read “The Sound and the Fury” by William Faulkner. The structure, the themes and the characters on the verge of deep abysses overwhelmed me. Then I read “Absalom, Absalom,” “The Wild Palms,” “Light in August” — each of them with a different narrative approach, a perfect match of form and content.

Correction

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Ted Field remains a producer of the MGM/Dimension remake of “The Amityville Horror,” while Randall Emmett and George Furla are no longer attached as executive producers. Information was incorrect in Wednesday’s paper.

Review: ‘Five Lines’

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Adroit quintet of tales set in and around the Washington, D.C., subway system, “Five Lines” knows its way around Capitol City, but derails under the weight of conveniently fatalistic storytelling. Fest stops and TV sales are on the timetable for a pic that works best as a technically polished calling card for debuting helmer Nicholas Panagopulos.