Held Over: “Tree of Life” & “Midnight in Paris”; “To Kill a Mockingbird” This Week’s Summer Classic on July 6; Japanese Horror Film “House (Hausu)” Midnite Fri-Sat-Sun

Scroll down to previous entries for details on “Tree of Life” and Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris”.

Ranked 34 on the American Film Institute’s list of the 100 Greatest American Films, To Kill a Mockingbird is quite simply one of the finest family-oriented dramas ever made. A beautiful and deeply affecting adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee, the film retains a timeless quality and remains powerfully resonant in present-day America with its advocacy of tolerance, justice, integrity, and loving, responsible parenthood. This riveting courtroom drama is anything but stodgy or pedantic. As Atticus Finch, the small-town Alabama lawyer and widower father of two, Gregory Peck gives one of his finest performances with his impassioned defense of a black man (Brock Peters) wrongfully accused of the rape and assault of a young white woman. While his children, Scout (Mary Badham) and Jem (Philip Alford), learn the realities of racial prejudice and irrational hatred they also learn to overcome their fear of the unknown as personified by their mysterious, mostly unseen neighbor Boo Radley (Robert Duvall, in his brilliant, almost completely nonverbal screen debut). (excerpt from Jeff Shannon review) trailer

Quirky, bizarre, strange and disturbing. All words that have been used to describe this 1977 Japanese Horror Film. What word will you use to describe your experience with “House (Hausa)”? Japanese with subtitles. Midnite Fri-Sat-Sun July 1-3 trailer

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