A literary classic returns to the screen

It's been 141 years since Thomas Hardy's debut novel "Far From the Madding Crowd" was published, and this weekend it returns to movie screens with a new adaptation starring Carey Mulligan. The book tells the story of Bathsheba Everdene, a spirited 18th century British country girl choosing among three suitors -- a soldier, a shepherd and a gentleman. Everdene is independent-minded, a Victorian-era proto-feminist, and she's navigating conflicting desires. "I loved the character," Mulligan told the L.A. Times. "What I loved so much was the first thing she does in the book is refuse an offer of marriage. I found that so refreshing. So often so...