Thursday, September 18, 2014 Elul 23, 5774
And the Oscar goes to ...
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Dirty heresy? Who else but Clint Eastwood could spout anti-Semitic, anti-black and anti-Asian attacks in such an enlightened time as Obama-rama and get away with it? Well, of course, it's not Eastwood, but his alter echo of Walt Kowalski and his slur-speech that drives "Gran Torino," the pedal-to-the-mettle role that just might earn Eastwood his first acting Oscar when nods...
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Israel's 'Waltz With Bashir' director to find out if Oscar is the next step
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"Waltz With Bashir" -- one step forward, two steps backward? That may be the progress of peace in the Mideast but definitely not the direction of Ari Folman's much-honored, forward-thinking "documation" of his dance of death in the Lebanon War zone of the 1980s. He has directed, produced and penned a screenplay of pent-up power, with his native Israel both...
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Edward Zwick in all his glory in factual film of Holocaust heroics
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"Defiance" defines the ultimate act of partisan politics. Embattled by evolving evils, the Polish Jewish partisans of "Defiance" must deftly straddle empirical morality amid survival setbacks -- all the while assessing their own newly formed sorrowful society stacked up against them during the Holocaust. Into the woods they go for a grim existence; whether they leave alive requires an exit...
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The never give in, damn-the-defiant Bielski Brothers of "Defiance" never cried uncle. But Barry Belsky did. Of course, he said. Why wouldn't he? Indeed, they were wonderful any time he cried out to them for help as a youngster. They were, after all, his uncles. Co-owner of Mr. Barstool in Old City, a family business, Barry Belsky is high-beam proud...
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Can't we all get along? A look at current headlines emanating from the Mideast may provide a pragmatic bomb blast of an answer to that seemingly innocent question. But, as anyone knows, this is not the age of innocence. Which makes French director Philippe Faucon's fine-laced embroidery on the topic -- "Dans La Vie" ("Two Ladies") -- a welcome respite...
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