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Poltergeist (trailer above)
In this remake of the 1982 classic, a family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces must come together to rescue their youngest daughter after the apparitions take her captive. This competent film does nothing to improve on the original but it certainly isn’t an embarrassment either. Playing like a Cliff’s Notes version of the original, this remake generates the requisite number of scares. While it plays well while you’re watching it, there’s no worry that this will make you forget the 1982 classic. With Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt. 2 ½ Stars (Chuck Koplinski) Rated PG-13. 93 minutes. AMC, CAR, SAV.
Far from the Madding Crowd
Director Thomas Vinterberg’s (“The Hunt”) adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s classic novel focuses on the independent and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan) who attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a sheep farmer; Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge), a reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood (Michael Sheen), a prosperous and mature bachelor. Unabashedly romantic, sumptuously shot and wonderfully acted, this is the sort of smart, subtle and completely immersive drama that’s become a rarity in these days of vacuous, special effects-driven productions. Not to be missed. 4 Stars (Chuck Koplinski) Rated PG-13. 119 minutes. ART.