What the Back Cover Should Read: A sweet, family-friendly imagining of the Louisa May Alcott novel of the same name, which like the literary classic, follows the March Sisters (Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy) as they grow from play-putting-on imps into truly individual ladies.
Why It’s Worth Checking Out: While it technically takes place in the late 1880s, Winona Ryder plays the second-eldest and most interesting sister (Jo, a.k.a my personal idol) with early 1990s rebel girl panache. Oh, and Christian Bale (apparently the dude just knows good page-to-screen adaptations) will knock your highly elaborate knickers off as the original boy next door, Laurie.
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
Release Date (Book / Movie): 1960 / 1962
What the Back Cover Should Read: A Southern 1950s summer as recounted by Scout Finch, a tomboy and daughter to the town’s top attorney, Atticus Finch. While racial tensions within the community heat up, Atticus takes on a controversial case (rumour has it a black man, Tom Robinson, raped a young white woman) and Scout becomes obsessed with the town recluse Boo Radley.
Why It’s Worth Checking Out: One of the best film adaptations of all-time. Seriously. Even Harper Lee (the truly amazing Pulitizer Prize-winning book’s author) didn’t complain. It’s that spot-on. The story is well-maintained. And the casting is impeccable. I mean, Gregory Peck IS Atticus Finch.