Oliver Twist

This wildly original adaptation of Oliver Twist is likely to disappoint Dickensian purists. Adventurous and open-minded viewers will find it riveting. Screenwriter (and co-executive producer) Alan Bleasdale has invented a backstory that runs parallel to Dickens’ narrative and elevates  ...

Jazz

Ken Burns' new documentary series Jazz completes the trilogy that began with The Civil War and continued with Baseball. It is less a celebration of a musical idiom than his latest attempt to define the very essence of America.  ...

The Chris Isaak Show

Stretch halter mini dress with open weave sides The Chris Isaak Show shouldn't work. The episodes are overlong, the acting is often amateurish, the quality of the writing is wildly uneven  ...

On the Beach (2000)

Hot on the heels of NBC's live televised remake of Fail-Safe comes this two part Showtime adaptation of Nevil Shute's post-apocalyptic classic On the Beach. (Let's hope this mini-boom in Cold War-era retreads ends before we get Robin Williams  ...

King Lear

Filmed in 1998, this adroit BBC/WGBH-Boston production of William Shakespeare’s King Lear is of particular note for preserving Ian Holm’s celebrated stage performance in the title role. Stellar interpreters of Lear haven’t always been so fortunate. Laurence Olivier was  ...

Resurrection Blvd.

One day a movie or TV show will tell the story of a Latino family as dysfunctional as the family in The Ice Storm — a family whose members resent and avoid one another, take meals together as a  ...

Cora Unashamed

Langston Hughes brought his renowned art as a poet to the writing of prose as well, writing that is sometimes deceptively plain on the surface, but is highly focused and densely packed with image and irony. Cora Unashamedis  ...