Summer Movie Reviews: Mel Gibson, Jessica Alba, and Harper Lee on the Valley’s Silver Screen

Mel Gibson’s The Beaver, Jessica Alba’s An Invisible Sign, and Mary Murphy’s biopic Hey Boo, about To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee, all have ties to the Hudson Valley

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For the last film, the local sighting is behind the camera, not in front. The documentary Hey Boo, about everybody’s favorite English assignment To Kill a Mockingbird, comes out this Friday. Its director, Mary Murphy, is a resident of Scarborough. Her film profiles the life of author Harper Lee — who stopped speaking to the press in the 1960s — and the historical context surrounding her creation of the novel. But it also looks at how the book has affected people now, and features interviews with Opra Winfrey, Tom Brokaw, Anna Quindlen, Richard Russo, and others. You can find dates and showtimes here.

» Get showtimes of Hey Boo, based on To Kill a Mockingbird’s Harper Lee

Which of these would you see in the theater?

» Read about other summer movies
» Read about Rye Playland’s renovations
» Read reviews of The Beaver starring Mel Gibson
» Read more from the Poptional Reading blog

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Marisa LaScala

Marisa LaScala
Elmsford, NY

Associate Editor Marisa LaScala joined Westchester magazine in 2003, and ever since she's blown every paycheck at the Greenburgh Multiplex. She also staunchly defends Richard Kelly, doesn't mind spoiling the endings of trashy movies you're curious about but don't want to pay to see, wishes the Hold Steady would come back and rock out Westchester, misses Arrested Development more than anyone can imagine, and still watches cartoons and Saturday Night Live. You can find more of her cultural criticism at, where she is a staff writer.



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