Drama Movies

Angela K. Peterson

"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.

Angela K. Peterson

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".

Angela K. Peterson

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.

Angela K. Peterson

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.