A strong, carefully directed period film with an excellent cast, “The Invisible Woman,” lets us into Charles Dickens’s personal life. This is not a film about the good-hearted Christmas-loving Dickens.
Rather, it concerns ...
With the new year comes “Downton Abbey, Season 4,” the continuation of the spellbinding costume drama created and written by Oscar-winning writer Julian Fellowes. It’s another season of fascinating “must see” television (usually an oxymoron).
PBS, taking full advantage ...
Swedish master Anders Zorn (1860-1920) may be the world’s finest under-appreciated artist. Unlike many renowned artists, Zorn’s heyday occurred during his lifetime. At 29, Zorn was made Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur, the highest decoration in France at the World ...
What distinguishes a fine contemporary artist from a master?
One may find the answer at the extraordinary “David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition.” Belying his age of 76, Hockney’s fabulous 398-piece show explores his brilliant talent, youthful enthusiasm, bountiful productivity ...
Foyle’s War’ (Series VII)
PBS Masterpiece MysteryCreated and written by Anthony HorowitzStarring: Michael Kitchen, Honeysuckle WeeksPBS stations, Sundays, Sept. 15-29, 2013, 9 p.m. ET/PT
A fabulous new seventh season of the applauded British series, “Foyle’s ...
Directed by Jerusha Hess
Starring Keri Russell, JJ Feild, Jane Seymour, Jennifer Coolidge
Co-Written by Jerusha Hess and Shannon Hale
Based on the novel by Shannon Hale
Run Time: 97 minutes
'The Lady Vanishes'
Directed by Diarmuid Lawrence
Starring Tuppence Middleton, Tom Hughes, Selina Cadell
Adapted by Fiona Seres (based on the 1936 novel “The Wheel Spins,” by Ethel Lina White)
Masterpiece Mystery! on PBS stations
In this remarkable, beautifully made film, the intractability of the Israeli/Palestinian divide is explored on a heartbreakingly personal level. Amin Jaafari (excellent Ali Suliman "Paradise Now") is a successful Arab surgeon living comfortably in Tel Aviv with his Palestinian-born, social ...
Written by Margarethe von Trotta and Pamela Katz
Starring: Barbara Sukowa, Axel Milberg, Janet McTeer
Run time: 109 minutes
In German and English, with English subtitles
From watching “Hannah Arendt,” we learn that it is possible to ...
The vibrant and stimulating “Beyond Belief: 100 Years of the Spiritual in Modern Art” was jointly organized by San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s “SFMOMA on the Go” program. It’s the first of ...