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  • Brazilian Jewish-themed film expected to set box-office record

    3 days ago

    A movie based on the biblical story of Moses is expected to become the most-watched Brazilian film in the country’s history.

    Pre-sales alone for “Os Dez Mandamentos,” a literal translation to Portuguese of “The Ten Commandments,” have reached 2.4 million tickets, which is much...

  • Key nominations for the 2016 Oscars

    3 weeks ago

    Nominations for the 88th Academy Awards, the highest honors in the movie industry, were announced on Thursday.

    [Noms: Holocaust themes and Jewish talent]

    Following is a list of nominations in key categories for the awards, also known as the Oscars. The winners will be announced...

  • ‘The Night Before’: A bromance with holiday cheer

    By Esther D. Kustanowitz

    November 18, 2015 | 1:11 pm

    Christmas may be the genre and red-and-green backdrop of “The Night Before” (in theaters Nov. 20), but at the film’s heart is the landscape of friendship as it begins to shift when people hit their 30s.

    Friends since childhood, Ethan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Isaac (Seth Rogen) and...

  • ‘Son of Saul’: A Holocaust film through a different lens

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 29, 2015 | 4:53 pm

    Hungarian filmmaker Laszlo Nemes’ harrowing debut feature film, “Son of Saul,” spotlights a day-and-a-half in the life in 1944 of a member of the Sonderkommando in Auschwitz-Birkenau –  Saul Auslander (Geza Rohrig) is a Hungarian Jewish prisoner, one of those forced to help usher...

  • Stanley Milgram and the ‘Malleability of Human Nature’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 14, 2015 | 3:44 pm

    In Michael Almereyda’s new biopic, “Experimenter,” which tells the story of the infamous shock experiments by the Jewish social psychologist Stanley Milgram, the scientist reveals that his controversial research in the early 1960s was an attempt to explore the root causes of the...

  • Examining a shared history through a festival lens

    October 14, 2015 | 3:21 pm

    Last fall, I was invited to show my documentary “Raquel: A Marked Woman” in Eastern Europe, including Poland, Romania and Ukraine. I wondered whether the gap left by the annihilation of local Jewish communities, followed by decades of silence and secrecy behind the Iron Curtain, is...

  • Boyle Heights, the land of freeways

    By Avishay Artsy

    September 30, 2015 | 11:53 am

    If you drive around the East Los Angeles neighborhood of Boyle Heights, you’re bound to pass under or next to a freeway interchange. 

    It’s where the 5, 10, 60 and 101 freeways all intersect. An estimated 2.4 million vehicles pass through every day. And yet few L.A. residents know...

  • Persian-Jewish filmmaker tackles love and money in ‘Shah Bob’

    By Avishay Artsy

    September 24, 2015 | 10:55 am

    The film “Shah Bob” opens with Bob (Reza Sixo Safai) waking up in bed next to a beautiful woman. When Bob’s father (Parviz Sayyad) calls to ask Bob to check on some tenants who haven’t been paying rent, we quickly learn three things about Bob: He’s 40, a swinging bachelor, and he...

  • My Jewish Death

    September 9, 2015 | 3:39 am

    Imagine if you will, a middle aged Jewish mother laying comfortably on her back. She feels cocooned in softness.  It’s quiet.  Above her, a brilliant blue sky, a few puffy white clouds drift by. Birds, leaves rustling. She watches the sunlight through lush leaves, a hundred shades...

  • ‘Homeland’ creator to direct film on Israel’s rescue of Ethiopian Jews

    September 1, 2015 | 11:18 am

    Since adapting his Israeli show “Prisoners of War” for U.S. audiences in the form of the Showtime hit “Homeland,” writer and director Gideon Raff has seen his Hollywood career take off.

    After creating the series “Tyrant” for FX and “Dig” for USA, the Israeli Raff has now sold a...

  • Actress Shiri Appleby chats about Jewish influences and life on the small screen

    August 12, 2015 | 1:42 pm

    It may sound surprising coming from someone who’s been acting on TV since she was a child, but Shiri Appleby (“Roswell,” “Life Unexpected”) insists she doesn’t watch much television. Nevertheless, Appleby found the lead role in Lifetime’s new series “UnREAL” — a scathingly...

  • Dustin Hoffman says it’s a great era for television, the worst ever for film

    By JNi.media

    July 8, 2015 | 2:05 pm

    While television has never been better, according to veteran actor and two-time Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman, film has never been worse.

    The star of the iconic Mike Nichols 1960s film “The Graduate,” who felt he was miscast because the main character, Benjamin Braddock, seemed to...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 26, 2015 | 2:13 pm

    This weekend, I would like to present you a movie you've probably heard of before, since it was nominated for the 2015 Golden Globe Awards, for the Best Foreign Language Film category. This drama, which tackles one of the most delicate topics in the Jewish community in Israel, is...

  • ‘A Borrowed Identity’ an honest look at Arab-Jewish relations

    By  Tom Tugend

    June 25, 2015 | 3:42 pm

    It is one of the paradoxes of Arab-Jewish relations in Israel that some of the best movies on Palestinians as society’s outsiders are made by Jewish directors.

    On the other hand, Palestinian directors frequently draw more balanced pictures of their Jewish “occupiers” than do some...

  • ‘Chagall-Malevich’:  A tale of love and art

    June 17, 2015 | 12:44 pm

    A story of magical realism about a great love and two competing artists is told against the backdrop of World War I and the Russian Revolution in “Chagall-Malevich.” The film highlights the opposing artistic philosophies of the Jewish painter Marc Chagall (Leonid Bichevin), a...

  • Life as lived by a homeless junkie

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 17, 2015 | 12:32 pm

    During a recent interview on his cellphone, filmmaker Josh Safdie was walking down 119th Street in his neighborhood in Harlem as sirens wailed and pedestrians raucously shouted in the background.  “Oh my God, there are so many heroin bags on my street right now,” he said. “Just...

  • 70 years on, Hitchcock Holocaust doc finds an audience

    May 19, 2015 | 2:32 pm

    “This was a woman,” the narrator explains, as the camera pans over a figure so emaciated and burnt that it’s barely recognizable as human.

    It’s one of the more arresting scenes in “German Concentration Camps Factual Survey,” a highly unusual Holocaust...

  • Bar mitzvah film school

    By Pat Sierchio

    May 15, 2015 | 12:40 pm

    Over the years I’ve attended several bar mitzvahs — most of them at the movies.

    Not being Jewish, I’ve only attended one actual bar mitzvah — which took place during the Nixon era — and the only memories I have of it are eating Baked Alaska and trying to swipe whiskey sours from...

  • Natalie Portman to star as Ruth Bader Ginsburg in new movie

    May 11, 2015 | 12:43 pm

    Natalie Portman will star as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a new film.

    “On the Basis of Sex” will follow Ginsburg’s obstacles-filled career on the road to becoming the second female justice and the first Jewish female justice on the high court, Deadline...

  • He witnessed — and filmed — the horror of the Holocaust

    By Roberto Loiederman

    April 16, 2015 | 12:30 pm

    In early April 1945, Arthur Mainzer, barely 22, was a United States Army Air Forces cameraman assigned to documenting the war in Europe; he’d been serving for three years, and, so far, World War II had not been a horrific experience for him. In fact, it had been exciting. He’d had...

  • Documentary film pioneer Albert Maysles; 88

    March 6, 2015 | 2:00 pm

    Jewish documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles, known for films such as “Grey Gardens” and “Gimme Shelter,” died Thursday night at his home in Manhattan. He was 88.

    The cause of death is not yet known.

    Maysles, once called the “best American cameraman” by Jean-Luc Godard, was one...

  • Three Israelis turn back clock in Berlin

    March 4, 2015 | 12:08 pm

    Alice Agneskirchner is not Jewish. In fact, before deciding to make her latest documentary, “An Apartment in Berlin,” which follows the lives of three young Israelis living in Berlin as they explore the story of a family killed in the Holocaust, Agneskirchner didn’t really know any...

  • #FilmFriendly view of the #Oscars From Row A on the Red Carpet with United Airlines

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    March 1, 2015 | 9:41 am

    From Row A on the Red Carpet with United #FilmFriendly Bloggers 2015 the 87th Academy Awards #LosAngeles

    Video: From Row A on the Red Carpet

    Our day started at 10:30am with check-in at security. We had all had criminal background checks in order to be on the list. Maybelline...

  • Restoring dignity to eldercare

    January 29, 2015 | 11:52 am

    The footage was positively golden, and Dale Bell was savvy enough to recognize both its emotional — and purse-string — potential.  

    Mildred Adams, a nearly catatonic woman, was brought to a Tupelo, Miss., Green House senior care facility. Within an hour of being checked in to her...

  • In Sundance drama, Silverman puts her darkness on display

    January 29, 2015 | 10:12 am

    The Sarah Silverman that the world knows and loves is a loudmouthed, foulmouthed, ribald comedian who tramples on the boundaries of social decency with sharp purpose and uproarious glee.

    The Sarah Silverman who stars in the domestic drama “I Smile Back,” which premiered at...

  • Ariel Kleiman back at Sundance with feature debut, a dark drama

    January 27, 2015 | 3:52 pm

    Sporting a droopy mustache and a sheepish smile, and dressed auteur-casual in a cloth jacket, rolled-up pants and work boots, filmmaker Ariel Kleiman’s appearance does not suggest the savage intensity of his films.

    Kleiman, 29, who hails from Melbourne, Australia, made his...

  • Sondheim’s Freudian ‘Woods’

    December 26, 2014 | 11:19 am

    The movie version of Stephen Sondheim’s Broadway classic Into the Woods, which opened in theaters yesterday, is much more than several interwoven, fractured fairy tales. It’s a thicket of symbols and themes that draw directly on the ideas and Weltanschauung of Sigmund Freud.


  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 19, 2014 | 3:50 pm

    This week, I would like to urge you to watch the best Israeli film of the year – Zero Motivation!

    It is a dark comedy by director Talya Lavie, which exposes the viewer to the everyday life of  young women serving  in an IDF unit at a remote desert base. They serve in a human...

  • Christian Bale’s Moses in ‘Exodus’: Insecure? Schizophrenic?

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 11, 2014 | 3:44 pm

    Christian Bale’s reputation for being mercurial and intense in years past is well known, but during a recent telephone conversation, the 40-year-old actor proved to be thoughtful, even modest, as he described tackling the monumental role of Moses in Ridley Scott’s biblical epic,...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 28, 2014 | 11:53 am

    This week, I would like to introduce you to the most Hollywood-like Israeli TV series, which is a combination of non-stop action, thrills and drama.

    New-York, which is filmed partly in Manhattan and partly in Israel, tells the story of Yossi Elharizi, the illegitimate son of...

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