Saturday, September 20, 2014 Elul 25, 5774
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Whose "Calling"? The main characters in a compelling two-part, four-hour PBS documentary airing Dec. 20 and Dec, 21 on WHYY-TV12 have made the ultimate long-distance connection, answering to a higher authority than A&T could every supply. Please hold: "The Calling " is a celestial cell phone with rabbinical roaming charges as the "Independent Lens" series follows those who are called...
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On the first day of Chanukah, my true love gave to me ... "Interiors" and "September"? Was this some sort of Woody Allen joke? Quite the opposite: Airings of his two more serious films. Epix Network (not my true love but "TV Turn-Ons" does get excited about innovative offerings) is in on the joke -- and serious about scheduling a...
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Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival: Older and wiser?
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The old saw said, "Don't trust anyone over 30." Does that include film festivals and their directors? Trust us, says Judith Golden, the golden goal-oriented chair of the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival www.gershmany.org/pjff.php as it celebrates its 30th anniversary and looks to the future with its usual eclectic list of flicks that click with connoisseurs and auteurs as well as...
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Class act: 'Best and Brightest' takes on kindergarten and those pushy parents
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I have a 2-year-old, and damned if I'm going to let Neil Patrick Harris and Bonnie Somerville snap up the last space in preschool for their kid. Oh. Wait. I have to tell myself: It's only a movie. It's only a movie. But "The Best and the Brightest" may be the funniest in quite some time, with its focus on...
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Marc Erlbaum keeps Tinseltown attuned to tikkun olam
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Marc Erlbaum seems just the kind of guy you'd want to hang out with over a cup of coffee -- which makes the premiere of "Cafe," set in the caffeinated grounds of West Philadelphia, an appropriate choice to perk up a conversation on the eve of its premiere at the Philadelphia Film Festival pff10.org on Oct. 16.
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