Sunday, December 28, 2014 Tevet 6, 5775

Israel's 'Waltz With Bashir' director to find out if Oscar is the next step
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"Waltz With Bashir" -- one step forward, two steps backward? That may be the progress of peace in the Mideast but definitely not the direction of Ari Folman's much-honored, forward-thinking "documation" of his dance of death in the Lebanon War zone of the 1980s. He has directed, produced and penned a screenplay of pent-up power, with his native Israel both...
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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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