Sunday, April 20, 2014 Nisan 20, 5774
'Squid and Whale' star Jesse Eisenberg astounds as troubled Jewish teen
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Jesse Eisenberg is the reel Oscar bait of "The Squid and the Whale," a wallop of a film in which an urbane urban mess of a family can't manage to see its way above sea level. Not that Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney don't limn illustrious portrayals of his Jewishly writerly professorial-type parents; they do. But that's all academic when...
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As Tevye and Golde said, discovering that they actually loved each other after 25 years of geshreis … "It's nice to know." Nice to know, too, that the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival is celebrating its silver anniversary with more than a shtetl of a following for its success. Indeed, the film fest - the second oldest of its kind after...
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It's TV at it's best - and it's all offered to the latest lucky "On the Scene" winner to take home and plop in his or her DVD player. What will the winning "Scener" receive? • "Lost," the complete first season of the smash ABC show, with oodles of extras on the seven-disc set, including unaired flashbacks and a featurette...
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Forget Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick. Want to view the most unorthodox of odd couples? Gidi Dar and Shuli Rand - the Oscar and Felix that Neil Simon could never have imagined. But director Dar certainly did - and dared to bring it to screen: "Ushpizin" ("Holy Guests") opens Wednesday, Nov. 2 at Ritz theaters. And who's the Oscar? Rand,...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Thanks to Steven Spielberg's epic film "Schindler's List," the title character, Oskar Schindler, may be one of the world's most famous rescuers of Jews. Still, there were other non-Jewish heroes whose exploits may not have been as daring as Schindler's, but are, nonetheless, rescuers who deserve recognition. In the 1940s, Giovanni Palatucci was police chief in the small town of...
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