Sunday, March 29, 2015 Nisan 9, 5775
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Neil Friedman treasures his trove of masterpiece movies, gems distributed by his Menemsha Films with a sense of doing so for art's sake. But it is art forsaken and foraged that puts the focus on what may be his most-successful venture to date: "The Rape of Europa," the compelling documented continental drift of morals dredged up by the Nazis in...
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"God on Trial" -- on the seventh day, the defense rested? There is no rest for memory. And that is what this fascinating, if occasionally ploddingly pedantic and draining, drama offers as a plot point as part of "Masterpiece Contemporary," being broadcast this Saturday morning and Sunday evening at 9 on WHYY-TV Arts and Culture Channel. Why? It takes on...
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Is state-of-the-art filmmaker really a Renaissance man?
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Wain's world is not relegated to living in his mother's basement, banging out bongs and blistering rock. No, David Wain's world is topflight, taking a major step up the stairs of the heaven that is Hollywood, which is now greeting his mojo of a major studio-house effort with numbers that serve as role models for modern-day success stories. All with...
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If this had been part of the just-concluded presidential campaign, John McCain would have referred to it as ... "that one." Call it what you will, but the Other Israel Film Festival -- reflecting a love for Israeli cinema that almost dares not speak its name -- is otherwise engaged these days. With its focus on the Arab citizens of...
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"The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" is no slumber party. What it is, however, is one of the new millennium's most memorable and meaningful movies that focuses on the Holocaust, where nightmares seem the natural dream state of being and gargoyles goose-step to the tunes of the infamous Fatherland. Indeed, "Pajamas" -- based on an award-winning novel -- may well...
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