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.  ...

The Attack

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  ...

Hannah Arendt

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 Not rated http://www.zeitgeistfilms.com/hannaharendt/ From watching “Hannah Arendt,” we learn that it is possible to  ...

Beyond Belief

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  ...