Gidion’s Knot, Berkeley

“Gidion’s Knot,” Johnna Adams’ astonishing two-character play, rivets the audience as it explores vital societal issues — children’s free expression and its limits, cyber-bullying and parental versus society’s rights. As you enter the theatre, you find yourself in a  ...

The Monuments Men

            I understand why George Clooney would have been intrigued with filming “The Monuments Men.” In a dramatic, yet true, World War II episode, eleven museum directors, art curators,  ...

Sherlock on PBS (Season 3)

In case you haven’t watched “Sherlock” Season 1 or 2, the protagonist of this exciting television crime drama, acted by Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Fifth Estate,” “Star Trek into Darkness”), is a young 21st century Sherlock Holmes who portrays all the  ...

The Invisible Woman

      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  ...

Downton Abbey, Season 4

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  ...

David Hockney

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, PBS

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  ...

Austenland

Austenland 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 Rated PG-13 Run Time: 97 minutes http://sonyclassics.com/austenland/ This  ...

The Lady Vanishes, PBS

    '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 Aug.  ...