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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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Movies for the Resistance: Mother Night

(Welcome to Movies for the Resistance, a weekly column intended to showcase films with particular pertinence for 2017. One of the fundamental purposes of art in general, and movies in particular, is to serve as a spiritual armory: bringing hope, timely lessons and shared experiences when times are dark. They can move us to positive political action, lend insight to the inexplicable, …

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Today in Movie History: January 25

We’re looking at quite a few notable films with release dates today. We’ll start with a triumph from the Silver Age of Walt Disney pictures. 101 Dalmatians remains one of the Mouse’s biggest hits (#2 behind Snow White if you adjust for inflation) and — amid the studio’s bevvy of memorable villains — delivering one Cruella de Vil, who just might …