Thursday, September 3, 2015 Elul 19, 5775
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No country for old minyans? In a modern-day movie milieu where the au courant currency exchange at the box office seems to be blood money, does a nice movie that is heartfelt and haimisch have a prayer? If it's "Praying With Lior," which focuses on the davening dervish of a phenomenon that is Lior Liebling, it does. Indeed, it has...
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No, HBO's new series -- originated in Israel -- is so much more
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The doctor will seize you now. In a way, that is what "In Treatment" does; it seizes the viewer as soon as he steps through the doctor's door, grabs him by his id and shakes loose the Prozac from his pockets. "In Treatment" is in keeping with HBO's "in" status as comedic iconoclast and dramatic dreammaker. But they've taken it...
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Actress Shoshanna Stern is deaf and defiantly powerful in 'Jericho'
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Amid the din of bombs bursting in air in jigsawed "Jericho," Shoshanna Stern's voice can be heard far beyond the black rain that drizzles the geography of TV's only nuked neighborhood. The fourth-generation member of a deaf family and a member of the Tuesday-night CBS "Jericho" generation that has played Nielsen survivor and been granted immunity because its tribe of...
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Is it any wonder that the director of a treasured and trumpeted Israeli film about an Egyptian police band from Alexandria should be concerned about ... tone? Strike up the "Band" -- Eran Kolirin certainly has, with "The Band's Visit," a sentimental journey of Jews and Arabs that strikes just the right ... tone. "Tone is important to me," says...
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Joseph Cedar's war film may net Israel a piece of Sunday's awards drama
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Cedar's of Lebanon? Cedars of Hollywood! Indeed, that's where Joseph Cedar will be this weekend, as his Lebanon-based "Beaufort" awaits its date with Oscar in the best foreign film category on Sunday night, in ceremonies to be broadcast on ABC. A Kodak Theater moment? "Beaufort," based on the bombed bastion of the Lebanon war, in which Israel's 18-year chai of...
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