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'Gone With the Wind' appreciation on its 75th anniversary

It's one of the sweeter moments in "Gone With the Wind," which is briefly returning to the big screen next week to mark its 75th anniversary. Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler on their honeymoon are locked in a passionate kiss, an image captured forever in movie posters and memorabilia. Read more

Capsule reviews of feature films

AS ABOVE/SO BELOW 1 1/2 stars. Horror and thrills in the catacombs of Paris. From the director of Quarantine and Devil. 1 hr. 33 R (bloody violence/terror, language throughout) - W.S. Read more

Gross and funny 'Boxtrolls' is the best animated film of the year

There's something about stop motion 3D animation _the not-quite-real textures of skin and hair, the quite real cloth and metal, the subtle gloomy lighting effects_ that says "spooky." Read more

'Gone With the Wind' history

Never had a movie been more eagerly anticipated than David O. Selznick's adaptation of Margaret Mitchell's novel, "Gone With the Wind." Read more

'Days and Nights' is an all-star Reagan Era take on a Chekhov play

You don't have to know Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull" to get something out of "Days and Nights," Christian Camargo's adaptation of it set in rural New York in the Reagan Era '80s. But considering how unclear the relationships are, how opaque the symbolism, how self-consciously theatrical the whole... Read more

Family guide to new movie releases

"The Boxtrolls" Read more

'Hector' wastes a lot of travel time in 'the Search for Happiness'

Somehow, the culture has twisted the hunt for happiness into a need to travel ... the world. Read more

Grim Hungarian World War II parable is not for the faint of heart

The Hungarian World War II film "The Notebook" makes for a grim but utterly fascinating parable, a tale of compassionate, city-bred twins who teach themselves the cruelty they need in order to survive the horrors of war. Read more

Euro-animators fail to find emotions in 'Cuckoo Clock Heart'

Animators may use the same digital computer-assisted palette the world over, but the world is still diverse enough that distinct styles and sensibilities exist outside of the Disney/Pixar/Dreamworks/Sony orbit. Read more

'Jimi' serves up Hendrix on a budget

Here's how you make a movie about Jimi Hendrix without the participation of his fractious/litigious estate. Read more

Monaghan gets her GI on for 'Fort Bliss'

There was a time when the tall, thin brunette Michelle Monaghan walked the catwalks of high fashion, appearing in shows from Milan to Hong Kong and on magazine covers of the late '90s. Read more

Euro-animators fail to find emotions in 'Cuckoo Clock Heart'

Animators may use the same digital computer-assisted palette the world over, but the world is still diverse enough that distinct styles and sensibilities exist outside of the Disney/Pixar/Dreamworks/Sony orbit. Read more

Absurd 'Tusk' misses the mark

The twisted tale of "Tusk," where a smug podcaster is surgically turned into a walrus, comes across as mainstream movie making's answer to "The Human Centipede." It's not as vilely disgusting as "Centipede," but it does push the boundaries of blending absurdest comedy with ghoulish visuals. Read more

'This is Where I Leave You' swings deftly from one comedic arc to the next�

Dysfunctional-family comedies can be enduring classics you want to watch again and again, like "Home for the Holidays" and "The Royal Tenenbaums," or lowbrow fare good for a few laughs before erasing from memory, like "Meet the Fockers." Read more

'I Dream of Wires': Synthetic-music tale takes narrow focus

With the Decibel Festival opening in Seattle next week and electronic dance music (EDM) all the rage, a film about the rise and fall_and rise_of the modular synthesizer feels quite timely. Read more

First-rate action, solid performances propel 'Maze Runner'

One of the problems with movies based on young adult fiction_"Divergent," "Ender's Game" and "The Giver"_is that they tend to take a long time trying to explain the complicated world where the action unfolds. Read more

Tina Fey talks 'This Is Where I Leave You'

Director Shawn Levy (the super-successful "Night at the Museum" series) cashed in some of his studio good will to make "This Is Where I Leave You," a modestly budgeted comedy-drama in which adults speak with one another and nothing blows up. Read more

While not innovative, 'Maze Runner' themes deftly mined

Is there room at the multiplex for yet another entry in the young adult/dystopia/survival genre? Those who hunger for more could do worse than "The Maze Runner," based on the first book in John Dashner's trilogy. Read more

'Tombstones' a lifeless imitation of 'Taken'

"A Walk Among the Tombstones" is DOA. Read more

Bateman the reason to see 'This Is Where I Leave You'

Give all the credit to Jason Bateman for making "This Is Where I Leave You" work. The former "Arrested Development" star_one of the more under-rated actors working today_gives this family dramedy the strong emotional core needed to hold together the less interesting storylines. Read more

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