FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD

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Carey Mul­li­gan shines as Bathsheba Ever­dene in this adap­ta­tion of Thomas Hardy’s 1874 novel. Head­strong and beau­ti­ful, Bathsheba in­her­its her un­cle’s farm and strug­gles to main­tain it while be­ing courted by three very dif­fer­ent suit­ors, shep­herd Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoe­naerts), wealthy bach­e­lor Wil­liam Bold­wood (Michael Sheen), and fasttalk­ing soldier Frank Troy (Tom Stur­ridge). Bathsheba chooses the wrong man, but it isn’t the end of her. Mul­li­gan captivates with quiet con­fi­dence. Cer­tain scenes lack ur­gency, and Stur­ridge is a weak link in an oth­er­wise strong cast, but it won’t dis­ap­point fans of pe­riod films. Rated PG-13. 119 min­utes.

Vi­o­let Crown. (Adele Oliveira)

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