Picks and Pans Review: Lantern Hill
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A beleaguered 12-year-old (The Good Mother’s Mairon Bennett) is living with her snooty grandmother (Zoe Caldwell) during the Depression while her mother is receiving treatment for tuberculosis. The girl finds out that, despite what she has always been told, her father (Sam Waterston) is still alive and living on an island in the Canadian Maritimes. She devotes all her energies to reuniting her estranged parents, a project in which she is aided by island sorceress Colleen Dewhurst and a plucky orphan (Sarah Polley).
For filmmaker Kevin Sullivan, this is another handsome adaptation of a Lucy Maud Montgomery novel, as lustrous as his Anne of Green Gables. The entire cast turns in affecting performances. Like other installments of the Wonderworks series, this children’s movie has been shown on the Disney Channel. Those who missed the film on cable are in for an old-fashioned treat.