Hannah and Her Sisters marks a sweet spot in Woody Allens long career. The sterling 1986 family ensemble comedy won Oscars for his script, for Michael Caine (as a guilt-ridden philandering husband), and for
Dianne Wiest (the artistic, unfulfilled middle sister who wants to sing, and does so memorably with Im Old Fashioned). Barbara Hershey plays the crazy younger sister, and Mia Farrow the stable one, though all three women are revealed to be more complicated than the labels society might give them. Hannah is perhaps Allens richest, warmest, most generous movie as it surveys, through several changing seasons, these flighty sisters and their even more flawed men (the director foremost among them, playing a selfish hypochondriac). Its the best adaptation of Chekhov, not actually written by Chekhov, ever put to film. (PG-13) Runs Fri. Feb. 29-Thurs. March 6.BRIAN MILLER.