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  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    5 days ago

    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

    6 days ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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...

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  • 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.

    The...

  • 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...

  • WATCH: How did Berkley students react to ISIS and Israel flags waved on campus?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 20, 2014 | 11:00 am

    We've all been reading about anti- Semitism and anti-Israelism on U.S campuses. Time and time again, we witness the hatred casued by ignorence, and get a bit more frightened about our future generation. As it turns out, it's not only modern-day anti- Semitism we need to fear, but...

  • Starring on Broadway and Hollywood, fighting Ebola, helping Google and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 17, 2014 | 8:20 am

    The Israeli in the next blockbuster biblical film

    It's official: Israeli actress Ayelet Zurer is joining Paramount and MGM's remake of "Ben-Hur" and is set to play the role of Naomi, the mother of the Jewish prince who is betrayed into slavery and fights his way to freedom,...

  • Preparing for the Ebola, making noise in Hollywood, going vegan and more - this week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 20, 2014 | 8:40 am

    Vegans in Ramat-Gan

    On Monday, tens of thousands flocked to Ramat Gan National Park for the second year in a row, and lined up to taste “the best” vegan malabi, try on a pair of vegan shoes or take home a box of vegan condoms. Animal rights activists, natural- food lovers and the...

  • Spotlight on Jewish characters in fall films

    September 22, 2014 | 9:54 am

    Few films with an expressly Jewish theme or Jewish characters are to be found this fall, but there will be some choice subjects onscreen.

    “Sleeping with the Fishes” follows the exploits of Alexis Fish (Gina Rodriguez), daughter of a Latina mother and a Jewish father. Alexis is at...

  • Jonathan Tropper’s ‘This is Where I Leave You’ finds humor during shivah

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 18, 2014 | 5:06 pm

    In the film “This Is Where I Leave You,” Judd Altman (Jason Bateman) walks in on his wife having voracious sex with his boss, a Howard Stern-style shock jock, and soon finds himself out of a job, a marriage and a home.

    Then his father dies, but not before leaving a startling last...

  • WATCH: The first trailer for the movie Jon Stewart made last summer

    August 28, 2014 | 1:43 pm

    A journalist is detained in Iran for more than 100 days and brutally interrogated in prison.

  • Clandestine love affair fuels “My Old Lady” directed by Israel Horovitz

    August 27, 2014 | 12:17 pm

    The painful rippling effects of a clandestine love affair are explored in the movie “My Old Lady,” which marks the film directorial debut of noted playwright Israel Horovitz, who also wrote the screenplay. The film is based on Horovitz’s play of the same name, which has enjoyed...

  • Israeli director Ari Folman’s new film ‘The Congress’ is visually stunning

    By Tom Tugend

    August 27, 2014 | 11:55 am

    Israeli director Ari Folman’s “The Congress” is “a visual masterpiece that will be studied and revered for generations,” one critic writes.

    Another critic took a quite different view of the film, declaring, “Ambition outstrips achievement … [it is] a visionary piece of...

  • Daniel Radcliffe’s first rom-com ‘What If’ taps into writer’s romantic experiences

    August 20, 2014 | 1:11 pm

    The new film “What If” marks “Harry Potter” star Daniel Radcliffe’s first foray into romantic comedy. It’s the brainchild of Canadian-Jewish writer Elan Mastai, and it explores whether members of the opposite sex can be friends if one develops deeper feelings for the other and that...

  • Showbiz meets shtetl: Helping Hollywood get Hasidim right

    August 18, 2014 | 11:33 am

    When it comes to Hasidic characters in movies, film consultant Elli Meyer believes that the real deal trumps a random actor in costume.

    But that approach isn’t without its challenges.

    Meyer, a New York-based Lubavitcher Hasid, recounted one occasion when he was hired to cast...

  • Hiatus Schmiatus

    By Nikki Tabibian

    July 29, 2014 | 12:13 pm

    A message from the author:

    My dearest readers and adoring fan (hey Grandma),

            When I began writing Le’chaim To Laughter, I was committed to documenting my memoires as a city gal with nothing but comic relief and hummus to help her get by. Yet, as I turned the page on...

  • Theodore Bikel’s 90th birthday celebration

    By Avishay Artsy

    June 25, 2014 | 11:10 am

    How do you celebrate the 90th birthday of a man who has had a major impact on American film, television, theater, music and social activism?

    By putting on a concert and inviting legends of folk music to perform, of course.

    Theodore Bikel has turned 90, and as actor and the...

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