Cinema: Thug Chic

Two brothers try to sort out the lure of Nazism

With a swastika tattooed on his left pec and a gaudy line of rage against minorities, Derek Vinyard (Edward Norton) is the very model of a modern neo-Nazi--the model, at least, to his doting younger brother Danny (Edward Furlong). While Derek simmers in jail for killing two black malefactors, Danny gets the evil message. He writes a paper on Mein Kampf, shaves his head and becomes a good little Hitler youth. Monkey see...

American History X, a confused, randomly compelling family melodrama, is at the center of a Hollywood controversy--not, so far, over its grim subject matter but over the firing...

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