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  • Words as weapons in new film ‘Diplomacy’

    By  Tom Tugend

    2 weeks ago

    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...

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  • Next Year Jerusalem: The Journey of a Lifetime

    By Dr. Jessica Voigts

    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...

  • The problems with the problems with ‘Blue is the Warmest Color’

    By Melissa Weller

    November 5, 2013 | 4:06 pm

    Describing exactly the way Blue is the Warmest Color affected me, as I’m sure it did millions of people, is a struggle, especially from a critical standpoint. It’s an intimate and subjective reflection of people, places and times, carrying the hours with tides of raw emotion rather...

  • Rihanna’s Israeli controversy , a call from space, Movie Day and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 28, 2013 | 12:21 pm

    Did Rihanna say “All I see is Palestine?”

    Haaretz.com claimed she did, in the middle of her performance in Tel-Aviv. The news spread quickly and even reached The Huffington Post, until The Times of Israel revealed the accusations aimed to the Israel-fan pop star were not true. 

    ...
  • Why there is still no ‘Entourage’ movie

    October 23, 2013 | 5:26 pm

    It seems the “Entourage” cast members could use some help from someone like superagent Ari Gold.

    The movie version of the HBO comedy has been in the works forever, but lots of drama has delayed it from getting off the ground. The latest hold up is due to more heated negotiations,...

  • Daniel Radcliffe turns from magic to murder and mayhem

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 8, 2013 | 2:53 pm

    The actor who played Harry Potter may be the richest and most famous human of his generation on the planet, but during an interview at the Four Seasons hotel, Daniel Radcliffe, now just 24, exuded none of the cockiness one might expect of a celebrity best known for demolishing...

  • Is Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s ‘Don Jon’ bad for the Jews?

    October 1, 2013 | 10:28 am

    Apparently lots and lots of sex isn’t the most potentially offensive thing about Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s latest film “Don Jon.”

    The Italian American One Voice Coalition has accused the Jewish actor/director of promoting “racist stereotypes” in the movie, according to The Hollywood...

  • In ‘Zaytoun,’ an unusual alliance

    September 6, 2013 | 1:28 pm

    Beirut, Lebanon, 1982, at the dawn of the Lebanese Civil War: A young Palestinian boy living at the Shatila refugee camp forges an unlikely bond with an Israeli fighter pilot. It is this unlikely encounter in the film “Zaytoun,” directed by renowned Israeli filmmaker Eran Riklis...

  • ‘Glickman’ is the story of 20th Century American Judaism

    August 20, 2013 | 10:08 am

    “Glickman”, a moving documentary by James L. Freedman, premiering August 26 on HBO, is the emotional life story of Marty Glickman, a ground-breaking American sportscaster.  It is also the story of 20th Century American Judaism.

    Marty Glickman was the soundtrack of every New York...

  • Watch: Woody Allen as a pimp in ‘Fading Gigolo’ trailer

    August 15, 2013 | 9:52 am

    It’s hard to decide what seems more unlikely: Woody Allen playing a pimp, or Woody Allen starring in someone else’s film.

    Believe it or not, in “Fading Gigolo,” the legendary Jewish director does both. John Turturro wrote and directed the film, in which Allen plays a bookseller...

  • Mike Myers: He’s a ‘Supermensch’

    July 22, 2013 | 11:21 am

    Sadly, there is no 4th "Austin Powers" due out in the near future, although it has been labeled as “in development” on the film database website IMBD.

    Austin, played by Mike Myers, will hopefully make a comeback, but for now we can look forward to the arrival of his directorial...

  • Zombies solved the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

    July 15, 2013 | 3:15 pm

    Recently, I went to see “World War Z,” a typical Hollywood blockbuster with a fairly typical theme — zombies. Now, a quick note to all you non-film buffs out there: Zombie films are never about zombies; they are about the societal pressures of the day. The basic premise of the film...

  • Jewish roots of the ‘Man of Steel’

    June 12, 2013 | 3:26 pm

    Seventy-five years after bursting into the world of comic books, something still feels Jewish about Superman.

    That’s not just because he was created by two Jewish teens from Cleveland, writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster, who debuted comic books’ first costumed superhero...

  • Summer Sneaks calendar

    By Ryan Torok

    May 31, 2013 | 11:29 am

    SAT | JUNE 1

    LOS ANGELES JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL 

    More than 20 dramas, documentaries, comedies, foreign language films and shorts will be shown at seven venues from Thousand Oaks to Beverly Hills. Highlights at the eighth annual L.A. Jewish Film Festival include tonight’s...

  • Choosing between love and obligation

    By Tom Tugend

    May 22, 2013 | 12:23 pm

    "Fill the Void,” which won Israel’s equivalent of the Academy Award last year, is a love story unlike any Hollywood fare and it is set in a Jewish community unfamiliar to most Jews.

    The movie is by and about a Charedi, or ultra-Orthodox, enclave in the center of Tel Aviv,...

  • The day the Earth stood stupid

    By Marty Kaplan

    May 13, 2013 | 9:28 am

    Say goodnight, Earthlings.

    That message — plus the slimmest of shots at an eleventh-hour reprieve — was announced to the people of the world last week. 

    When this happens in science fiction — 1951’s “The Day the Earth Stood Still” is the classic — the planet pays attention. ...

  • Jon Stewart to take summer break

    March 12, 2013 | 3:19 pm

    Jon Stewart is stepping down from his throne at Comedy Central this summer to direct a film based on a screenplay he wrote.

    Stewart is temporarily abandoning “The Daily Show,” The New York Times reports, to direct a film titled “Rosewater,” which is based on the 2011 book  “And...

  • Movie salutes the colorful Ed Koch

    By Tom Tugend

    February 13, 2013 | 1:37 pm

    New York Mayor Edward Irving Koch, universally addressed as “Ed,” was a master of timing and promotion.

    So one may assume that he would have applauded the timing of his departure, at 88, on Feb. 1, which coincided with the release in his home city of the documentary “Koch,” to...

  • Jewish films coming soon to a screening near you

    January 24, 2013 | 12:15 pm

    The New York Jewish Film Festival closed this week after showcasing 37 films from around the world. Here are a few films to look out for as they travel to other American cities in the coming months.

    “Aliyah”
    Directed by Elie Wajeman (France)

    Set in the grungy streets of Paris,...

  • Saving the ‘Life of Pi’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 23, 2013 | 3:32 pm

    Elizabeth Gabler was warm, even motherly, as she ushered a reporter into her chintz-filled office in the cozy bungalow that houses the studio Fox 2000, the division of 20th Century Fox where she has served as president for the past dozen years. Dressed elegantly in an olive-colored...

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