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  • Rabbi Stephanie Kolin finds her strength in superheroes, from Moses to the X-Men

    February 12, 2014 | 11:22 am

    On a brisk December evening, Rabbi Stephanie Kolin stepped up to a microphone to address some 50 immigrants and advocates from a cross-section of civil rights organizations, including Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network. They’d come...

  • An X-Man takes aim at Nazi war criminals

    July 24, 2012 | 12:06 pm

    From the demented geneticist known as Mr. Sinister to the evil giant Juggernaut, the X-Men have battled some pretty wild foes over the years. But in an upcoming five-issue mini-series called “The First X-Men,” one member of the Marvel superhero team will take on some villains...

  • Michael Fassbender on “Shame,” sadism, playing a Jewish supervillain and why he’s not in therapy

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 5, 2011 | 11:54 pm

    “Shame, shame, shame, shame,” Michael Fassbender, who very much seems to be the actor of the moment, sang in a goofy baritone recently.  His impromptu ditty was unexpected, given that he was in the middle of an intense discussion about his two latest films:  Steve McQueen’s...

  • The genesis of psychoanalysis [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 23, 2011 | 12:37 pm

    How the brilliant, disturbed Sabina Spielrein influenced Freud and Jung

    It is the summer of 1912 in “A Dangerous Method” — a film whose storyline is drawn from real-life events — and Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley), a young Russian-Jewish psychoanalyst, is discussing with...

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  • Don’t forget to remember: Why ‘X-Men’ is an important Holocaust film

    By Danielle Berrin

    June 21, 2011 | 5:19 pm

    There is a nasty little phrase being thrown around in entertainment circles that Jews may find discomfiting: Holocaust fatigue. The implication is that Holocaust narratives have become so ubiquitous and trite as to induce a kind of queasy listlessness in movie audiences. Another...

  • X-FRIENDS: Mutant Rabbis

    June 13, 2011 | 11:02 am

    Video courtesy of JTA.

    Is the story of the mighty X-Men battle between Prof. X and Magneto really a battle between the Rabbis Irving “Yitz” Greenberg and the late Meir Kahane?
    JTA’s Editor-in-Chied Ami Eden draws parallels between the two fascinating stories, and finds interesting results that involve the Jewish world, the Holocaust and the fictional mutants.

  • When Mutants Matter

    By Adam Wills

    June 8, 2011 | 9:01 am

    “To those who said X-Men First Class was good, I want to stab you in the face.”

    My friend Jason posted this to Facebook yesterday. Hyperbole aside, I understand his frustration.

    Fox was in spin mode this past weekend trying to explain a lower-than-expected opening for the...

  • Is ‘X-Men’ a metaphor for Jewish survival?

    By Danielle Berrin

    June 7, 2011 | 2:48 pm

    It may be stunningly self-involved to assume “X-Men” is about the Jews but Jewish Telegraphic Agency editor in chief Ami Eden makes a convincing argument.

    In an amusing video, Eden suggests the plot for “X-Men” is an extended metaphor for divergent Jewish responses to the Holocaust....

  • X-Men:  First Class—Top Moments From The Most Jewish Superhero Movie Ever [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 1, 2011 | 12:32 pm

    As “X-Men: First Class” continues to glean first class reviews, it’s worth noting that the mutant saga is perhaps the most Jewish superhero film to grace the silver screen:  which makes sense considering the movie marks the return of producer Bryan Singer to the franchise. (He...

  • Bryan Singer discussing ‘X-Men’ return

    By Adam Wills

    October 12, 2009 | 5:56 am

    “X-Men” and “X2” director Bryan Singer—who is already attached to an Excalibur remake and a Battlestar Galactica feature—is talking with Fox about a possible “X-Men” return, according to AP/Hollywood Reporter:

    “I’m still looking to possibly returning to the ‘X-Men’ franchise....

  • Just a nice Jewish director: Public and private images of Brett Ratner clash in swirl of contradictions

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 22, 2008 | 8:40 pm

    I've been cornered downstairs in the gold lamé disco basement at Brett Ratner's house and he's hitting on me.

    His insistence suggests he's accustomed to getting his way with this, and I'm trying not to think about the surroundings -- a wealthy bachelor's lavish playpen, which quite...

  • Minority Retort

    By Michael Aushenker

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    A war is brewing. A minority in our midst is being actively persecuted. Society fears and loathes them. The government is using legislation to identify them and the military to hunt, contain and kill them. This is not Nazi Germany. This is America.

    If the plot of "X2: X-Men United,"...