The Belfast Free Library, 106 High St., will conclude its Winter Matinee film series in March with four poignant films that focus on the theme of Redemption. The films will be shown Sunday afternoons at 4 p.m., with the exception of the first on March 4, which will be shown at 6 p.m. Admission is free.

In “The Fisher King” (1991) on March 4, a former radio DJ befriends a delusional homeless man in an attempt to redeem himself for the horrible event he provoked on the radio. Jeff Bridges, Robin Williams and Mercedes Ruehl star in this unforgettable film. It was nominated for five Academy Awards, with Mercedes Ruehl winning for Best Supporting Actress.

“Lord Jim” (1965) on March 11 features Peter O’Toole, James Mason and Eli Wallach in an old-fashioned Hollywood adventure story that asks if a person outrun their past. A ship captain is labeled a coward after not going down with his drowned passengers in the South China Seas. The film is based on the 1899 Joseph Conrad novel.

On March 18, “The Hustler” (1961), will be screened. A brash, self-centered pool hustler has just one dream — to be the greatest pool player ever. What he did not count on was falling in love along the way. An all-star cast of Paul Newman, George C. Scott, Jackie Gleason and Piper Laurie helped garner eight Oscar nominations for the film including Best Picture.

On March 25, “The Spitfire Grille” (1996), will end the series. Can a Central Maine town with no future be saved by a young woman with a dark past? This feel-good redemption story stars Ellen Burstyn, Alison Elliott and Marcia Gay Harden. It was shot by Maine cinematographer Robert Draper and was the Audience Award Winner at Sundance.

The snow date for all movies is the following Monday evening at 7 p.m., when the Abbott Room is available.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to