Film

JxJ Festival returns live with focus on Jews of Color, LGBTQ Jews

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While much of the world got through the first two-plus years of the pandemic streaming and Zooming, Dava Schub says there’s nothing like a...

HBO’s ‘The Survivor’ asks a profound question

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Jarrad Saffren | Staff Writer How powerful is a reason to live? That is the question that animates Jewish director Barry Levinson’s new movie, “The Survivor,”...

Wallace Shawn, between Woody Allen and Israel

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By Andrew Lapin Headlining a Woody Allen movie in 2022 is a dicey proposition — and Wallace Shawn, the star of the filmmaker’s latest, is...
Bob Einstein

A new HBO documentary profiles the late ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ actor Bob Einstein

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By Andrew Lapin Bob Einstein, the cult-favorite Jewish comedian best known for playing Marty Funkhouser on “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and the popular “Super Dave Osborne”...

Jews were the creative forces behind ‘West Side Story’ decades ago and today. Should...

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By Jordyn Haime In 1955, theater director Jerome Robbins approached writer Arthur Laurents and composer Leonard Bernstein with a new idea for a Broadway musical:...

5 Jewish movies without tragic endings

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Jewish movies are often depressing. The Holocaust, the Munich Massacre, a pogrom — it’s hard to find a film without a tragedy. We found...

The good, the bad and the ugly of non-Jews playing Jews

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Jewish characters have been played by non-Jews going back to medieval mystery plays about the crucifixion of Jesus. Since then, portrayals of Jews have...

‘Velvet Underground’ withstands test of time

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By Sasha Rogelberg Before Lou Reed proclaimed, “My God is rock ’n’ roll,” The Velvet Underground frontman was a Jewish boy who grew up in...

The greatest Holocaust movie ever made debuted on 9/11

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By Rich Brownstein On Sept. 11, 2001, the greatest Holocaust film ever made, before or since, premiered at a festival — and quickly disappeared, largely...

Kenneth Feinberg helps 9/11 families find ‘Worth’ in Obama-produced Netflix movie

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Review By Andrew Lapin At a key moment in the new Netflix film “Worth,” Kenneth Feinberg, the real-life architect of the compensation fund for 9/11 victims,...