Based on Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, the film adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird stands as a sensitive and accurate representation of the novel. Gregory Peck gives an outstanding performance as Atticus Finch, single father and lawyer, who finds himself defending the life of a black man falsely accused of murder in a Depression-era Southern town. The movie boasts tremendous performances all around, especially those of Peck and newcomer Mary Badham as Finch's daughter, Scout. Mockingbird also features Corleone consigliere Robert Duvall as benevolent weirdo Boo Radley. The film is an excellent example of a mainstream-Hollywood production with a compassionate, humanist message and truly deserving of its many accolades.
Fri., March 7, 7 p.m., 2008