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History in the movies has often been seen through white eyes: civil rights-era tales with white protagonists reacting to a changing world. “I've been in some of those movies,” says David Oyelowo, a star in “Lee Daniels' The Butler.” The viewpoint of “The Butler,” though, is refreshingly colorful. In it, Forest Whitaker plays Cecil Gaines, a man born to sharecroppers who's turned into a domestic servant. After fleeing north, he rises to serve as a butler in the White House for seven successive presidents, spanning from Eisenhower to Reagan, from Jim Crow to Barack Obama.