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To Kill A Mockingbird Review


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Smack dab in the middle of the Civil Rights Era came a pile of films that preached recognition of racial equality. Two of the favorites repeatedly viewed to this day are Guess Who's Coming to Dinner and To Kill a Mockingbird.

These films effectively argue for multi-ethnicity from different vantage points. The former is a daughter asking her parents to accept her black fiancé. The latter defends an obviously innocent African-American charged with raping a young white girl. Both feel more like plays than big screen cinema, with their tiny handful of locations, lack of visual effects, and explicitly heavy-handed dialogue. Though society has changed since their release, and "statement films" now rally for more current political causes, the strength of the issues relayed in these classics doesn't lose its appeal.

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Tomorrow Review


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The DVD case of 1972'sTomorrow would have you believe that this film features Robert Duvall's "breakthrough performance." Even putting aside The Godfather (1972), THX 1138 (1971), M*A*S*H (1970), and To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), that claim stretches credibility. Frankly, that's because Duvall isn't really very good in the movie.

Neither is Olga Bellin, who plays Sarah Eubanks alongside Duvall's Jackson Fentry. In the film, Sarah turns up on Jackson's farm, pregnant and abandoned by her husband. Jackson takes her into his rickety shack and eventually aids in delivering her baby. Ultimately a loving bond forms.

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