Friday, November 21, 2014 Heshvan 28, 5775

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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His is the game of Artful Dodger. And the late Chaim Potok knew the rules; in many ways, he'd written them. "My Name Is Asher Lev," a world premiere adaptation of the popular Potok novel by the Arden Theatre, plays by those rules: Lev dodging between the tosses of challenges posed by the secular world of art and the more...
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Ethel Hofman, JE Feature
Take heart. The Wall Street slump, which is affecting everybody's lifestyle, need not be all gloom and doom. There's a silver lining: Save money by returning to home-cooked meals, which will also provide a chance for the family to sit down together. It's a good time to discuss what happened at school and work. Besides, cooking at home is healthier...
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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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