Austria's "Counterfeiters," one of five foreign-language films vying for Oscar honors, probes the moral dilemmas facing a special group of Jewish concentration camp inmates in one of the more remarkable episodes of World War II.
Movie review, "No Country for Old Men"
Face it, the previews for Mel Gibson's "Apocalypto" look pretty darn cool. But there's a bigger issue: Do we want to give our money to Mel?
In Parshat Toldot, we encounter the remarkable event described in Genesis 27, as Yitzhak prepares in blindness to confer an eternal blessing on one of his twin sons.He wants to extend that blessing to the viscerally evil Esav, who nevertheless always has acted with the utmost respect for his father. Esav has Yitzhak figured out, and Yitzhak really loves him. By contrast, Rivkah is devoted uniquely to the simpler, gentler, less charismatic Yaakov.Why the dichotomy?