Tuesday, June 30, 2015 Tammuz 13, 5775
Israeli Oren Peli offers an insider's look at 'Insidious'
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Oren Peli is a super natural as a horror-meister. The guy scares the hell out of me. But, as Oren knows, it's nothing personal; all professional. After all, what's not to like about this 39-year-old sweet sabra of a one-time software programmer now programming hard-hearted spine-chilling chillers? Peli pelts the movie-goer with popcorn flicks that seemingly pop out of the...
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How do you spell out what you don't want your child to hear when she just won the 17th annual Scripps Regional Spelling Bee competition? No problem for David Greenberg and Marisol Villamil, who say it loud and say it proud: Their daughter has always been No. 1 in their book. Now they can book a trip to the national...
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This Jewish family has each other's back. Which makes stabbing all the much easier. Take a peep into the "Peep World" of the Meyerwitz clan, whose Patton-like patriarch (Ron Rifkin) acts as Jewish general to his ragtag rejects of an army/ family. Battle lines are drawn over the father's 70th birthday dinner where arguments and acrimony are rationed out to...
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Das Tank? Israeli filmmaker Samuel "Shmulik" Maoz has rebooted the claustrophobic notion of filming within tight quarters in "Lebanon," a white-knuckle nod to his days as a warrior without portfolio in the Lebanon War 18 years ago. "Lebanon" opens on Sept. 3 at the Ritz at the Bourse. Rolling through streets, roiled in the conflict that caused years of headaches...
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You can learn from watching Arnold Kendall on stage. I did. Of course, the stage was set somewhat differently 50 years ago, and the body language he was using was English. But as a teacher, Kendall lit into literature with a daring sense of drama as he taught me and a gang of other Jay Cook Jr. High hopefuls harking...
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