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  • “Yankles” aim for homerun

    By  Tom Tugend

    June 2, 2012 | 1:26 pm

    One of the most reliable movie plots has a bunch of losers (klutzes/ Dead End Kids/ prisoners) straighten out and fly right under the inspirational guidance of a gruff but kind-hearted (priest/teacher/prison warden).

    In a kosher variation of this theme, “The Yankles” features a...

  • David’s the singer, he’s the rapper

    By Matthue Roth

    April 3, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Oded Turgeman, director of the new short film "Song of David," doesn't do things the easy way.

    As a burgeoning film director, he applied to Jerusalem's most prestigious film school, with a commander in a combat unit as his only prior life experience. Then he moved to America to...

  • A new film series of Biblical proportions:<BR>The Ten Commandments -- they're baaaaack!

    By Pat Sierchio

    October 18, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "Eight in 10 Americans know two all-beef patties are in a Big Mac, but just over four in 10 -- 41% -- can't name 'Thou shall not kill' as one of the Ten Commandments," according to a 2007 study.

    Those not-too-surprising results reported by Kelton Research is why producer...

  • Films: Thwarted suicide bombers get ‘hell,’ not glory

    By Tom Tugend

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Sixteen-year-old Hassan is deeply frustrated because he was caught by Israeli police before he could blow himself up, together with the targeted Israeli civilians.

    "If I had been killed, my mother would call it a blessing," he says. "My family and 70 relatives would have gone to...

  • Recent releases: Forget escape—these films tugs at the conscience

    By Stephen Farber

    November 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    While Hollywood has always concentrated on escapist entertainment, many filmmakers yearn to go against the grain and make movies that address urgent social and political issues. They have to fight the industry's perennial fear of alienating audiences with stories that hit too close...