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Today in Movie History: February 6

Henry Selick is best known as the director of The Nightmare Before Christmas, and we won’t dispute that film’s status as a beloved classic. But his adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Coraline is easily in the same league, and has aged just as well. It tells the story of a young girl (Dakota Fanning) who wishes her parents were more interesting… and in true ironic-twist fashion …

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Today in Movie History: February 5

Let’s cut to the chase: the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers opened today in 1956, bringing Cold War paranoia straight into small-town America. Its alien invaders — who duplicate our human forms while removing the pesky humanity from our souls — served as the inspiration for the zombie apocalypse genre to follow, and while it remains a product of the …

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Today in Movie History: February 1

In and of itself, John Huston’s The Misfits, which opened today in 1961, is a solid but second-tier effort from the great director, dealing with the lives of fading cowboys in the Nevada desert. It’s better known as the last onscreen appearance of two cinematic legends: Clark Gable, who died just a few days after shooting completed, and Marilyn Monroe, who died …

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RIP Dick Miller

Dick Miller was the kind of actor the phrase “no small parts” was made for. People remember his performances, no matter how brief or seemingly unimportant, simply because he made his character memorable. Mr. Futterman is probably his canon performance: the one everyone knows. One of the reasons we remember it is because Miller sells us on the mortal terror …