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  • LOVING *Movie Review*

    By Zoe Hewitt

    December 5, 2016 | 8:30 am

    LOVING is based on the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, played here by Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga, whose interracial marriage was illegal in Virginia in 1958 even with a valid marriage license from Washington DC.  Their arrest and subsequent banishment from the state led...

  • FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM *Movie Review*

    By Zoe Hewitt

    November 21, 2016 | 9:37 am

    FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM, written by JK Rowling, takes place within the Harry Potter universe, but 70 years earlier than Harry, Hermione and Ron attend Hogwarts.  It follows Newt Scamander, author of a book within the Harry Potter world by the same name as the movie,...

  • QUEEN OF KATWE *Movie Review*

    By Zoe Hewitt

    September 27, 2016 | 2:58 pm

    QUEEN OF KATWE is based on the true story of a girl named Phiona from the slums of Uganda.  She learns to play chess and uses it as a means out of poverty. It stars Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o as her mother, David Oyelowo as her coach and introduces Madina Nalwanga as Phiona. It's...

  • SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU *Movie Review*

    By Zoe Hewitt

    August 29, 2016 | 9:22 am

    A romance is a romance and that's the ultimate take-away from writer/director Richard Tanne's SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU.  The movie depicts President Barak Obama's first date with his now-wife, Michelle.  Regardless of your political affiliation, this is a romance that won't disappoint....

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  • NOW YOU SEE ME 2 *Movie Review*

    By Zoe Hewitt

    June 13, 2016 | 8:43 am

    Sometimes movies just need to give their audiences what they came looking for, and in this case it's heist scenes and magic.  NOW YOU SEE ME 2 really shines when it draws from the first one's playbook and showcases those elements.  

    Jesse Eisenberg, Morgan Freeman, LIzzy Caplan,...

  • A pair of princesses arrive in Los Angeles

    By Iris Mann

    May 18, 2016 | 12:25 pm

    Two very different Israeli films about their titular princesses open in Los Angeles on May 27. The first of these, a movie called simply “Princess,” is a dark, somewhat surreal coming-of-age story about child molestation. The other, “Presenting Princess Shaw,” is a documentary that...

  • HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS *Movie Review*

    April 18, 2016 | 1:05 pm

    A good movie is enjoyable, but a great movie also leaves me thinking about it long after I leave the theatre.  

    HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS does all that and more.  On the outset, it looks like a romance between an older woman (Sally Field) and her younger boss (Max Greenfield). ...

  • East L.A. Interchange—Great New Film About Jewish History in Los Angeles

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    October 7, 2015 | 2:49 pm

    L.A. Jews—or anyone who likes good films--please avail yourself of the opportunity to see East L.A. Interchange. This documentary about Boyle Heights, , directed by Betsy Kalin (full disclosure: Betsy is a friend, and I officiated at her wedding) and narrated by Danny Trejo,...

  • When Holocaust truth is stranger than fiction, do we need fiction?

    April 7, 2015 | 10:38 am

    At the age of 5, Moshe Tirosh’s main concern was keeping his younger sister quiet as they lived in isolation at a subterranean hideout under the feet of Nazi troops stationed at the zoo of occupied Warsaw.

    His extraordinary account of surviving the Holocaust came back to me on...

  • Jerusalem film school brings shorts to L.A.

    By  Tom Tugend

    January 28, 2015 | 1:16 pm

    A brother-sister filmmaking team from Israel will introduce itself, its unusual alma mater and its Oscar-winning father on the evening of Feb. 5 at the Laemmle Music Hall in Beverly Hills.

    Emanuel and Nurith Cohn will present “Little Dictator,” their first production since...

  • The 10th Commandment, Tony Kushner, and Me

    By Salvador Litvak

    January 29, 2014 | 6:35 pm

    The Ten Commandments prohibit murder with just two words, while the prohibition on coveting includes fifteen. The no-coveting rule is also the 10th Commandment - the climax of God's revelation at Sinai. It's surprising because we all covet; we can't help it. So why did God make a...

  • LA Film Festival

    By Joy Bennett

    June 27, 2013 | 3:30 pm

    Last Sunday, June 23rd was the closing night of the Los Angeles Film Festival, and what an exceptional festival it was.  I went to many of the events throughout the festival, which ran from June 13 to June 23, 2013.  I was generously given a press pass to the festival from Film...

  • Introducing a New Blog, Shiksa in Hollywood

    By Joy Bennett

    June 26, 2013 | 9:49 am

    Hi, I’m the Shiksa, Joy Bennett.  I have been writing a blog on and off since 2000, mostly on my own website joybennett.com.  Now I get to share my musings with you all!  I love all things cultural in this town, and often finagle press passes to local events that I'll share and...

  • Israel Film Festival explores unfamiliar territory

    By Tom Tugend

    April 10, 2013 | 2:28 pm

    Among its other benefits, the Israel Film Festival takes even those of us familiar with the country to places and people we know only superficially, or not at all.

    Three of this festival’s movies — “Fill the Void,” “Sharqiya” and “Zaytoun” — go everywhere from inside an...

  • Calendar Picks and Clicks: Jan 5-11, 2013

    By Ryan Torok

    January 2, 2013 | 11:30 am

    SAT JAN 5

    B.J. NOVAK: “UNCOLLECTED STORIES”

    Writer and actor B.J. Novak (“The Office,” “Inglourious Basterds”) shares original pieces of comedic fiction in advance of an upcoming collection. Co-star, writer and producer of “The Office,” Novak has a sensibility that draws on a...

  • Films of the Holocaust and non-Jews

    By Tom Tugend

    November 8, 2012 | 1:08 pm

    Two documentary films, each touching the Holocaust era and celebrating the courage and devotion of non-Jews, are screening in Los Angeles.

    The first is about Leopold Engleitner, bright-eyed and lucid at 107, who spent 11 years in and out of prisons and Nazi concentration camps,...

  • Calendar Picks and Clicks: Oct. 20-26, 2012

    By Ryan Torok

    October 17, 2012 | 11:47 am

    SAT OCT 20

    “Six Million and One”

    When Israeli documentary filmmaker David Fisher discovers the memoir of his late father, a Holocaust survivor who was interned in Gusen and Gunskirchen, Austria, Fisher decides to retrace his father’s footsteps. Realizing it’s unbearable to be...

  • Calendar Picks and Clicks: Sep. 1-7, 2012

    By Ryan Torok

    August 29, 2012 | 3:51 pm

    SAT | SEPT 1

    NEIL COMESS-DANIELS
    A folksy singer-songwriter (and rabbi of congregation Beth Shir Shalom), Daniels appears live at the Skirball to perform children’s music that carries a universal message. Come dance and sing along in Skirball’s scenic outdoor amphitheater. All...

  • Calendar Picks and Clicks: Aug. 25-31, 2012

    By Ryan Torok

    August 22, 2012 | 11:14 am

    SUN | AUG 26

    “CHAILIGHTS”
    The Los Angeles Jewish Symphony celebrates its 18th, or Chai, anniversary at the Ford Amphitheatre. The event features the orchestral ensemble performing fiery Spanish sonorities, dark laments, riotous folk and much more. The Aug. 26 concert marks the...

  • Apr. 27-May 3

    By Ryan Torok

    April 25, 2012 | 10:46 am

    SUN | APRIL 29

    CELEBRATE ISRAEL
    Mizrahi pop star Eyal Golan, “The Voice” contestant Monique Benabou and Craig Taubman are the featured performers at today’s 64th Independence Day Festival, which includes a Salute to Israel Walk and Ride and an art installation competition....

  • West Bank shorts added to L.A. Israel Film Festival

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    March 21, 2012 | 3:47 pm

    In a small Israeli jail cell, a 17-year-old settler hears the air raid siren that signals the beginning of the Sabbath. From her pocket, she pulls out two travel-friendly candles. When the last of the matches in her small box breaks, her cellmate, a vegan left-wing activist who was...

  • Oscar gold again eludes Israel’s grasp

    By  Tom Tugend

    February 27, 2012 | 12:58 am

    A brief groan of disappointment swept through the crowd of some 200 Israelis gathered at a Westside hotel with the announcement that the Iranian entry, “A Separation,” had beaten out four other finalists to win the Oscar for best foreign-language film.

    Among the runner-ups was...

  • Films of triumph and despair

    By Tom Tugend

    April 20, 2011 | 11:00 am

    When Israel fought its War of Independence, embedded TV cameramen were unknown and even combat newsreel photographers were practically non-existent. The newly created state had more important matters to worry about.

    More surprisingly, there have been hardly any movies celebrating...

  • Schwarzenegger making play dates with Medvedev

    By Julia Bendis

    January 14, 2011 | 2:58 pm

    Reading the newspaper the other day, I couldn’t help but notice an article about the Russian President Dimitry Medvedev and Arnold Schwarzenegger.  Apparently, the two have become quite fond of each other, and as recently as last week even Tweeted about it.

    Here are my issues with...

  • For your consideration

    By Rob Eshman

    January 7, 2009 | 8:20 pm

    While missiles are raining down on the Jews of southern Israel, do you know what's raining down on the Jews of Southern California? Screeners.

    That's right: It's pre-Academy Award season in Hollywood, a time when everyone involved in the movie business receives free DVD copies of all...

  • Survey:  Fewer Americans think Jews control Hollywood

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 20, 2008 | 4:14 am

    Forget Spielberg. Forget the Weinsteins. Forget "Seinfeld."

    The majority of Americans no longer believe that Jews control Hollywood. This is the news from a new poll released by the Anti-Defamation League that also suggests there remains a widespread conviction that there is an...

  • Q&A with Yair Hochner—founder of Tel Aviv’s first gay and lesbian film festival

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 14, 2008 | 9:00 pm

    Yair Hochner's "Antarctica" – which opens Nov.14 at the Regent Showcase – begins with multi-screen images of one-night stands in the nocturnal life of hunky gay businessman Boaz (Ofer Regirer). The sexually graphic montage introduces some of the main characters of the romantic...
  • Calendar Girls Picks and Clicks Nov. 8 - 14: Healing Havdalah, comedy, films

    By Dikla Kadosh and Danielle Berrin

    November 7, 2008 | 4:27 pm

    SAT | NOVEMBER 8

    (HAVDALAH)
    Joe the Plummer. Tina Fey. Yes We Can. Terrorist ties. Maverick. Hockey mom. It's time to put the contentiousness of Election 2008 behind us. Republicans or Democrats, we are all Jews. To reunite the community, LimmudLA is hosting a "Healing Havdalah,"...
  • Calendar Girls picks and clicks for July 5 - 11

    By Dikla Kadosh and Danielle Berrin

    July 3, 2008 | 11:32 am

    SAT | JULY 5

    (THEATER)

    Only a psychotherapist-cum-theater entertainer could do justice to the zany and improbable Jewish journey spotlighted in the play "Rose." The one-woman show runs the gamut of 20th-century Jewish geography, "from a Ukrainian shtetl to the Warsaw Ghetto, to...

  • You want a peace of the Zohan?

    By Tom Tugend

    June 3, 2008 | 11:52 am

    At age 60, when even the more virile tend to slow down, Israel has replaced Italy as the native habitat of the sex stud.

    That’s the uplifting message from “You Don’t Mess With the Zohan,” starring Adam Sandler in the title role of an Israeli super commando-turned-New York...

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