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  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 11, 2013 | 12:08 pm

    Big Bad Wolves is the latest hit on Israeli cinema.


    The 2013 film is a thriller written and directed by Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado, and starring Lior Ashkenazi, Rotem Keinan, Doval'e Glickman and Tzahi Grad. It was the official selection of Tribeca Film Festival and...

  • ‘The Americans’ - Straighten up and spy write

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 20, 2013 | 10:59 am

    Joe Weisberg is an ex-CIA agent and creator of FX’s new spy thriller “The Americans,” which spotlights KGB agents deep undercover in the United States. But back in 1989, he was a Yale University graduate flying to the Soviet Union on his own clandestine Jewish mission. His goal was...

  • Michael Jackson’s personal physician sentenced to four years in prison

    By Ryan Torok

    November 29, 2011 | 11:50 am

    Dr. Conrad Murray, the physician who attended to Michael Jackson before the pop singer’s death, was sentenced to four years in prison and denied probation on Tuesday. Earlier this month, Murray was found guilty of one count of involuntary manslaughter of the late pop star who died in...

  • Expert propofal witness says jury right to convict Jackson doc

    By Ryan Torok

    November 7, 2011 | 4:07 pm

    Less than two hours after the guilty verdict against Michael Jackson’s personal physician Conrad Murray was issued, Jewish cardiologist Alon Steinberg, who testified as an expert witness against Murray, praised the jury’s decision.

    “Thank God the jury did the right thing,”...

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  • Gilad Shalit and Israeli TV’s Searing ‘Prisoners of War’ [UPDATE/SLIDE SHOW]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 31, 2011 | 4:48 pm

    The hit Israeli TV drama “Hatufim” (“Prisoners of War,” now available at mako.co.il) proved prescient—and controversial—recently as Gilad Shalit returned to Israel in exchange for 1,027 Palestinian prisoners after five years in a Hamas dungeon.  “Hatufim,”  which inspired...

  • Sam Worthington on Playing a Holocaust Survivor and Mossad Agent in “The Debt” [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 30, 2011 | 11:57 pm

    When Sam Worthington (“Avatar,” “Terminator Salvation”) walks into an interview at the Four Seasons Hotel, he looks nothing like the tormented Holocaust survivor and Mossad agent he plays so soulfully in the spy thriller “The Debt,” opening Aug. 31. His short-cropped hair...

  • Jessica Chastain and John Madden on “The Debt”

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 23, 2011 | 6:33 pm

    As Jessica Chastain was preparing for her role in the Mossad thriller “The Debt,” her voluminous research led her to the story of a survivor who witnessed the destruction of her entire family in the Holocaust. “It was a woman’s memory of something she had seen as a young...

  • Books: Oren ‘Tempts’ Israeli readers and defies critics

    By Avner Hofstein

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    When Ram Oren helped define a new generation of Israeli "airplane reads" in 1994 with his fast-paced best seller, "Temptation," he faced a challenge: to persuade the Israeli elite that his book did not signal the demise of literature and the erasure of Shakespeare, Dostoyevsky, Agnon...
  • Film director Verhoeven defies Dutch Shoah myth in ‘Black Book’ thriller

    By Tom Tugend

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "Black Book" is a first-class thriller, pitting the Dutch resistance against the Nazi occupiers in the waning months of World War II, and it holds plenty of unexpected plot twists.

    The real surprise, though, is that unlike other depictions of that era, not all the underground...

  • Fox Takes ‘Walk’ Down Provocative Path

    By Tom Tugend

    February 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Israeli director Eytan Fox makes films that open on a rousing patriotic note of rugged Israelis battling the enemy, before gradually exposing the chinks in his country's macho culture.

    His widely acclaimed "Yossi & Jagger" began with an elite Israeli unit facing infiltrators from...

  • ‘Burial’ Unearths Small-Town Secrets

    By Rochelle Krich

    July 15, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Toward the end of Nicholas Racz's quirky, quiet, noirish thriller, "The Burial Society," Sheldon Kasner, the film's protagonist but certainly not its hero, whines: "Why can't anything ever be easy for me?" It's a line Woody Allen might have used in "Take the Money and Run," but while...

  • Actor of ‘Favor’

    By Amy Klein

    January 24, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "I am not Menachem."

    So says Israeli heartthrob Aki Avni, referring to his character in "Time of Favor," the Israeli psychological thriller opening in Los Angeles movie theaters Feb 1. The film, winner of six Israeli Oscars last year, including picture of the year, tells the story...

  • The Arts

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 23, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Photo design by Carvin Knowles

    Aronofsky's Original Formula

    By Naomi Pfefferman, Entertainment Editor

    Debut filmmaker Darren Aronofsky manages to sound incredulous about the Jewish sci-fi flick that has made him a star. "You don't think God, math and bad-ass Jews...

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