Film

‘Wonder Woman 1984’ soars, then stumbles

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Review Fans of Israeli actor Gal Gadot had something big to look forward to this Christmas when Warner Bros. Entertainment released “Wonder Woman 1984,” the...

‘Esau’ puts new twist on biblical brotherhood

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“Everyone calls me a writer. But writers write about people, and all I can write about is bread,” muses the eponymous protagonist of “Esau,”...

The real story behind ‘Mank’

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By Gabe Friedman Acclaimed director David Fincher’s highly anticipated film “Mank,” on the Jewish screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz and the story behind his writing of the...

The 2020 JxJ Virtual Festival begins its run this week

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Longtime District-based filmmaker Aviva Kempner says a good Jewish film “is a good film by Jews, about or for Jews. But it’s also for...

If you loved ‘Borat,’ you’ll like the sequel

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Review “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” struggles with the same issues that affect all sequels — how to recapture what made the original so captivating. For the new...

Far-flung JCCs bring a single film festival to your living room

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It’s a truism that in the Washington area, it’s hard to get a Marylander to cross the river into Northern Virginia, and vice versa....

Seth Rogen’s ‘American Pickle’ asks big questions about Jewish identity

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Review In  “An American Pickle,” Seth Rogen can’t get out of his own way. In his new film, Rogen does double duty as Herschel Greenbaum, an...

‘My Favorite Year’ recalls the infancy of TV sketch comedy

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By Marc Brodsky “My Favorite Year” Available for rent: Amazon Prime, Apple TV, YouTube, GooglePlay and other streaming services Family friendly? Yes (Unless you think young ones...

Watching ‘Uncut Gems’ can help you channel the anxiety of the moment

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Review By Ben Sales and Gabe Friedman “Uncut Gems” Streams on: Netflix Family friendly? No Describing “Uncut Gems” as that movie that brought Adam Sandler rave reviews for playing...

How the director of ‘Circus of Books’ turned the lens on her controlling mother

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By Arielle Kaplan Blissfully unaware of the details of her parents’ controversial business, Rachel Mason and her brothers spun the dreidel and gambled with gelt....