Wednesday, September 17, 2014 Elul 22, 5774
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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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And now he has his son in on the gag of a gig
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Is Clarabell staging a comeback? Buffalo Bob Smith going beyond the fringe and shelling out smiles for a new Peanut Gallery? "I don't know who that is," says manic Howie Mandel, host of "Howie Do It," debuting Jan. 9, at 8 p.m., on NBC. With a show like "Howie Do It" ... C'mon, Howie, are you punking me? Wouldn't be...
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Or is it a Cruise? Actor/producer successfully takes on the risky business of history
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Tom, you had me at "Heil." Show me the Nazis, demands Tom Cruise, controlling the careening caper that is "Valkyrie," portraying Col. Claus von Stauffenberg, the stealthy German soldier, whose assassination plot against Hitler hit some snags, in the film opening in theaters on Dec. 25. The actual plot, coded "Valkyrie," may have plotzed, but Cruise creates a character as...
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Stephen Daldry turns the page on war-torn dramas
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Your weakly "Reader"? There is nothing weak-willed about Stephen Daldry's strong-spirited and powerfully propelling adaptation of Bernhard Schlink's best-selling novel The Reader, whose reading of the Holocaust is a riveting reminder that not all its stories have been bookended by biographers and Hollywood on one of its bathetic benders. Indeed, this is no banal bedtime story -- albeit much of...
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Three holiday films face off with Hitler and the Holocaust
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Are the studios of Hollywood about to drop the dreidel on us? No spin zone, here. Latkes and lollapaloozas are in store for moviegoers at menorah time with three big features featured as Jewish gelt -- a guilt-load of riches -- at year's end and at next year's beginning. Paging "The Reader," a chilling chapter-and-verse adaptation of the best-selling Bernhard...
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