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  • INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE

    By Zoe Hewitt

    3 days ago

    When INDEPENDENCE DAY came out 20 years ago it was groundbreaking.  It was the first time we saw the White House get destroyed on film, along with a host of other International landmarks.  The effects were at the top of their class and the movie was nominated for two Academy...

  • A new dawn, happier end for character in ‘Wiener-Dog’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    1 week ago

    “I grew up with a number of dogs, but none of them lasted very long,” Todd Solondz, one of independent cinema’s most persistent provocateurs, said during a phone conversation from New York.

    The canines would die or run away or simply disappear, courtesy of his parents, only to be...

  • Iranian revolution overturns lives and viewpoints in ‘Septembers of Shiraz’

    By Gina Nahai

    1 week ago

    How does an Australian director whose only previous feature-length film, “The Sapphires,” about a quartet of talented aboriginal girls entertaining American troops in Vietnam, direct a movie about an Iranian-Jewish family caught in the fury of the 1979 revolution? 

    Wayne Blair’s...

  • Drug abuse, shame and the Holocaust figure in film about family of notorious Dutch lawyers

    1 week ago

    In a country where 75 percent of Jews were murdered in the Holocaust, the Moszkowicz family of lawyers stood out as a unique Jewish success story.

    Descended from Max Moszkowicz, a steel-willed Auschwitz survivor who became Holland’s first modern celebrity attorney, his four...

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  • FINDING DORY

    By Zoe Hewitt

    1 week ago

    It has been 13 years since Pixar released FINDING NEMO.  In that time, the movie's original audience has aged and a whole new generation has found Nemo.  FINDING DORY takes place only one year later.  Voiced one again by Ellen Degeneres, this time Dory sets out on a journey to find...

  • POPSTAR: NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING

    By Zoe Hewitt

    3 weeks ago

    Real-life best friends Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone have mastered the art of working with friends.  Together, the three created some of the most iconic viral videos that "Saturday Night Live" has featured in years.

     Now, moving on to bigger screens the three,...

  • ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS

    By Zoe Hewitt

    May 30, 2016 | 9:28 am

    The real reason to see ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS is the beautiful production design.  While the sets are intended to be the stage for the action, instead they steal the show.  The unexpected color palette and clean lines provide the unexpected in the best possible way.

    The...

  • MONEY MONSTER

    By Zoe Hewitt

    May 16, 2016 | 8:53 am

    It's rare to find a movie that entertains as much as it teaches.  Most films manage to do one or the other--and sometimes, not even that well.  

    Jodie Foster's latest directorial release of MONEY MONSTER does both: it's entertaining while providing a deeply nuanced socially...

  • CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR

    By Zoe Hewitt

    May 9, 2016 | 9:06 am

    CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR is the latest movie offering from Marvel.  While most action movies have a weak plot bolstered by great action sequences, CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR delves deeper with themes about loyalty and revenge at the forefront.  The audience is asked to consider...

  • THE JUNGLE BOOK

    By Zoe Hewitt

    April 29, 2016 | 9:31 am

    There have been a lot of adaptations of Rudyard Kipling's THE JUNGLE BOOK--some have remained close to the tone of the stories and other have been more light-hearted fare, such as Disney's 1967 animated feature.  There's not doubt that Disney has recently started to move away from...

  • ‘Look at Us Now, Mother!’ redefines Jewish stereotype

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 6, 2016 | 1:18 pm

    Sometimes, art can be the best means of revenge — or of healing.

    When filmmaker Gayle Kirschenbaum was 8, her mother ordered her brother to put her on top of the refrigerator so she couldn’t climb down. She wanted Gayle out of the way. “Then they all laughed at me,” Kirschenbaum...

  • ‘Son of Saul’ and the mitzvah of surviving the unimaginable

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 16, 2015 | 10:12 am

    Filmmaker Laszlo Nemes and actor Geza Rohrig stood on both sides of Auschwitz-Birkenau survivor Dario Gabbai, grasping his hands tightly as they slowly and painstakingly led him up the path to a home in Westwood on a recent Monday morning.

    Gabbai, 93, is perhaps the last living...

  • Through a dog’s ordeal, director focuses on humanity

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 8, 2015 | 3:08 pm

    Filmmaker Boaz Yakin (“Fresh,” “Remember the Titans”) is best known in Jewish circles for controversial, intense works that depict fraught aspects of the tribal experience. 

    His 1998 movie, “A Price Above Rubies,” spotlights a sexually frustrated, married Chasidic woman (Renee...

  • Jewish Journal quip in new ‘Entourage’ film

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 5, 2015 | 9:48 am

    “Did I tell you the Jewish Journal just named me the best-looking circumcised studio head?” uber agent-turned-mogul Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) crows in Doug Ellin’s new “Entourage” movie, based on the long-running HBO series about a Hollywood superstar, Vince (Adrian Grenier) and his...

  • ‘The Cobbler’: Adam Sandler takes a walk in 1903 New York

    By  Tom Tugend

    March 11, 2015 | 12:10 pm

    Some three years ago, film director-writer-actor Thomas McCarthy was sitting at his desk, in his office located on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, playing with ideas for a movie, when the proverb about walking in another man’s shoes popped into his head.

    What would happen, he...

  • ‘Zero Motivation’: An art film by and about women

    January 14, 2015 | 12:04 pm

    When filmmaker Talya Lavie was growing up in the 1980s, Israel had only one television channel. Lavie got her initial film education watching the same movies over and over again: Among her favorites were Federico Fellini’s “The Nights of Cabiria” and Jim Sheridan’s drama “In the...

  • Sony Pictures puts ‘The Interview’ back in theaters

    December 23, 2014 | 11:00 am

    Sony Pictures said on Tuesday it will release "The Interview" to a limited number of theaters on Dec. 25, less than a week after it canceled the comedy's release following a devastating cyberattack blamed on North Korea.

    [ROB ESHMAN: How to hack the Sony hackers]

    The decision...

  • 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,...

  • Words as weapons in new film ‘Diplomacy’

    By  Tom Tugend

    November 5, 2014 | 1:28 pm

    As American and Free French divisions closed in on Nazi-occupied Paris in late August 1944, Hitler issued a clear order to the commander of Wehrmacht troops in the French capital.

    Before evacuating the City of Light, the Führer told Gen. Dietrich von Choltitz to blow up such...

  • 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.

  • For Iranian-born actors, Israel’s first Farsi movie carries echo of lost home

    July 8, 2014 | 12:41 pm

    An Iranian-Israeli director and a group of Iranian-born actors are making a movie in Farsi, the language of Iran.

    “Baba Joon,” a story of familial conflict between three generations of Iranian Jewish men set to hit theaters next year, is the first Farsi movie ever to be made in...

  • FED UP: the movie

    By Tera Greene

    May 29, 2014 | 11:38 pm

    #FEDUPMovie: It's time to rethink scary movies. It's time to get real about food.
    Sugar's got a hold on me, you, us... Aren't we FED UP yet?

    I AM ADDICTED TO SUGAR

    Sugar is an epidemic and it is killing us. Not slowly, but fast. From obesity (and childhood obesity), to diabetes to mood swings, Sugar is on a war path. And the food industry is in...

  • Next Year Jerusalem: The Journey of a Lifetime

    May 13, 2014 | 4:41 pm

    Next Year Jerusalem: The Journey of a Lifetime

    Can a group of elderly nursing home residents travel abroad? The answer is yes - with care and love and a lot of planning. Such is the case for 8 residents (ages 87-97) of the Jewish Home for the Elderly in Connecticut, who journey...

  • Ballroom peace

    April 9, 2014 | 1:34 pm

    The long history of Jewish-Arab animosity is a hard thing to change, but that didn’t stop ballroom dance champion and choreographer Pierre Dulaine from trying, literally, one step at a time.  

    Having taught 350,000 New York City fifth-graders to dance via the Dancing Classrooms...

  • ‘Bethlehem,’ a film of spies and intrigue and Oscar possibilities

    By Tom Tugend

    December 12, 2013 | 3:30 pm

    Foreign-language (meaning non English-language) films from 76 countries, ranging from Afghanistan to Venezuela, are competing for Oscar honors this year, with Israel’s entry, “Bethlehem,” pitting Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security service, against diverse Palestinian factions...

  • Payne’s ‘Nebraska’ a small-town triumph

    By Melissa Weller

    December 8, 2013 | 1:20 pm

    Imagine what a movie showcasing an ordinary, lukewarm existence might look like. One without mobs or crooked cops and the only color in the characters’ lives is the blue on their collar. Worse still, life is totally ordinary and you live in Billings, Montana. Your great romantic...

  • ‘Walk’ changes a life

    November 19, 2013 | 5:08 pm

    For Aaron Wolf, an anecdote sparked a personal memory that inspired a film. The same day he read reflections by Rabbi David Wolpe about the Sinai Temple rabbi’s father, Rabbi Gerald Wolpe, and about the kindness of a stranger, Wolf went to his keyboard and banged out the first...

  • Watch: Russell Crowe in ‘Noah’ trailer

    By Jeffrey Hensiek

    November 15, 2013 | 10:44 am

    And now, after a tidal wave of buzz, something that will really float your boat (and provide us with the opportunity to make lots of terrible puns): the trailer for Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah.”

    The biblical film looks exactly as epic as you’d expect, sort of like “Braveheart” but...

  • Bob Odenkirk on ‘Nebraska’ and ‘Breaking Bad’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 15, 2013 | 5:32 am

    Actor Bob Odenkirk seems to be everywhere these days, on screens large and small.   Having burst into the comedy zeitgeist with series like “The Larry Sanders Show,” and “Saturday Night Live,” he’s best known for playing Saul Goodman, meth-cooker Walter White’s sleazy but...

  • ‘Book Thief’ a story of pure beauty, pure destruction

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 6, 2013 | 1:57 pm

    Markus Zusak still remembers how his mother, a German Lutheran immigrant to Australia, vividly described the day she saw the Jews being marched to Dachau in her hamlet near Munich. 

    “There was an old, emaciated man who couldn’t keep up with the others, and a teenage boy ran up...

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