Mr. Turner (2014)

The brilliant film “Mr. Turner” examines the great, albeit, peculiar, British Romantic landscape and seascape painter, Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851). Writer and director Mike Leigh (“Secret and Lies,” “Topsy Turvy”) has made a remarkable dramatic film, which presents a  ...

Our Town

In "Our Town," three-time Pulitzer prize-winning author Thornton Wilder created a profound and intimate exploration into American life and death. And, although it was written over 76 years ago, the Shotgun Players’ version of the drama remains fresh and vibrant  ...

Breakfast With Mugabe, Berkeley

An intimate power struggle between Robert Mugabe, the President of Zimbabwe, and Dr. Andrew Peric, a white Zimbabwean psychiatrist, is the compelling concept of this gripping, finely acted drama. British author Fraser Grace based his riveting play, first produced by  ...

Death Comes to Pemberley, PBS

The Jane Austen spin-off industry has a strong contender in this opulent and engrossing adaption of “Death Comes to Pemberley,” based on the 2011 novel by P.D. James, the award-winning British mystery writer. The story imagines the lives of the  ...

Miss Marple (Season 7), PBS

Twinkly-eyed Julia McKenzie ("Cranford") is back as Miss Marple in three new productions of well-acted, tightly written, complex and mysterious cases — "A Caribbean Mystery" and "Greenshaw’s Folly" (Sept. 21 at 8 and 9:30 p.m. PT/ET respectively) and "Endless Night"  ...

A Letter to Momo (2011)

The award-winning children’s anime film, “A Letter to Momo,” delicately explores the emotional struggles of an eleven year-old girl, Momo Miyaura, who ultimately conquers adversity and gains strength and courage. Mr. Okiura uses beautiful, elegant pastel hand-drawings with a soft  ...

Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning (PBS)

Art, scholarship and family combine in two wonderful interlocking features about the renowned American documentary photographer, Dorothea Lange (1895-1965). Most famous for her heartrending portraits of Dust Bowl migrants, notably, the internationally famous “Migrant Mother,” Lange stands alone in the  ...

A Five Star Life (Viaggio Sola) (2013)

        “A Five Star Life” is an intelligent, well-acted, subtle film, with a story line that is quite rare — it’s about a perfectly happy 40-ish single woman. The splendid Margherita Buy plays  ...