"Pascali's Island" is a must for fans of British drama. Adapted from Barry Unsworth's novel, writer-director James Dearden fashions a beautiful, elegiac tale with a trio of great British actors: Ben Kingsley, Helen Mirren, and Charles Dance.
This week's column highlights the history of women in film. I offer a capsule review of the new, lavishly illustrated, book "Hollywood: Her Story" and discuss the legacy of a woman who deserves more attention - film editor Margaret Booth.
Cinematographers Ellen Kuras and Rachel Morrison are featured in this week's column. I also review an entertaining and thoughtful new biography for cinema fans, "The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick".
Australian director Gillian Armstrong made a splash in 1979 with her first feature based on the Miles Franklin memoir. Remastered for the Criterion Collection, "My Brilliant Career" stars Judy Davis as a headstrong young writer who chooses independence over marriage.
An appropriate film for Memorial Day weekend, "Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison" stars Robert Mitchum as a marine corporal stranded in the South Pacific during World War II. Deborah Kerr, in an Oscar-nominated role, plays his unlikely love interest.
An island gang who terrorizes young women meets its match in "Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts". Indonesian writer-director Mouly Surya crafts a neo-Western with an emphatically feminine point-of-view.
Do you want to watch a film written by a computer? Would you care? This week's column offers some thoughts on the use of artificial intelligence in the film industry. I also review Dorian Bond's memoir "Me and Mr. Welles".