Monday, September 22, 2014 Elul 27, 5774

That's the way to ring in the New Year!
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Louise Fiszer, JE Feature
I usually choose to spend New Year's Eve with a few close friends in a rather low-key manner. An early dinner in our favorite neighborhood Chinese restaurant, followed by a movie without having to stand in line, leaves us relaxed enough to welcome the New Year in a festive and frivolous mood. And what could be more elegant than returning...
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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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Dreidel, dreidel, dreidel, they made it out of ... rock? Roll with it, muses Erran Baron Cohen, keying in on some new sound advice for those who want mischievous music with their matzah balls. It's all in his latest, the lyrical "Songs in the Key of Hanukkah." "Ocho Kandalikas," with Yasmin Levy adding her voice to the mix? Rapper Y-Love...
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