J. Hoberman, the former longtime Village Voice film critic, is a monthly film columnist for Tablet Magazine. He is the author, co-author or editor of 12 books, including Bridge of Light: Yiddish Film Between Two Worlds and, with Jeffrey Shandler, Entertaining America: Jews, Movies, and Broadcasting.
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A Polish Director and His Country Possessed By Jewish Demons

The late Marcin Wrona’s dark new Dybbuk parable digs deep into a haunted past

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A Brilliant Magpie

The new documentary ‘Eva Hesse,’ opening this week, explores the too short, too beautiful life of an art heroine

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‘Son of Saul’ Wins Oscar, Cementing Strength of Holocaust-Themed Films at Academy Awards

Nearly 85 percent of all Holocaust-themed Oscar nomineesgoing back to the first, ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ (1959)have received at least one Academy Award

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Hollywood’s Ultimate Honor Isn’t the Oscar. It’s the Irving.

Who stands taller in film history than the legendary head of production for MGM, Irving Thalberg?

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‘Rabin, The Last Day’ Makes Oliver Stone’s ‘JFK’ Look Stone-Cold Sober

Amos Gitai’s polemical new documentary—opening in U.S. theaters Friday—on the 1995 assassination that rocked Israel sacrifices facts in favor of sensation

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10 Can’t-Miss Films of 2015

From Hollywood to Timbuktu, it was a very good year

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Growing Up Absurd in Auschwitz

With brutal tact and appalling artistry, the visceral and haunting ‘Son of Saul’ makes little miracles out of the monstrous

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Chantal Akerman (1950-2015)

The great French filmmaker died this week, just days before the New York Film Festival premiere of her portrait of her Auschwitz-survivor mother

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Nadav Lapid’s Genius Sees Israeli-ness as an Existential Disease

The internationally acclaimed filmmaker’s new ‘The Kindergarten Teacher’ takes Jewish insularity to terrific extremes

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Jewish Eyes Without a Face Haunt Christian Petzold’s ‘Phoenix’

New German film is a devastating portrait of a ghostly young Eurydice, an Auschwitz survivor who refuses to stay in hell

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‘Don’t Your People Got None of Your Own Music?’

Confessions of a Jewish teenage folkie

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Rotting Corpse-Brides of Jewish Hollywood

Ari Folman’s sci-fi half-animated ‘The Congress,’ David Cronenberg’s horror comedy ‘Maps to the Stars,’ and the end of movies

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‘Ida’ Wins: The Count Is Now 20 Out of 23

Pawel Pawlikowski’s Holocaust film takes home an Academy Award

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Occupy Wall Street! The Jewish CP-Friendly 1930s Version

‘The Left Front’ highlights American art made for the Soviet Union’s official “Jewish homeland”

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French Mayor Bans Anti-Jihadist Muslim Film

A study in the dangers, and absurdities, of censorship

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Péter Forgács’ Memory Art Brings Phantoms of Eastern Europe to Light

‘Letters to Afar’ is the latest of an emergent and haunting new form, Jewish material-memory film

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Philip Roth Was The New Republic’s Film Critic

The novelist made $25 per review during his 1957 stint at the publication

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Philip Roth’s Unquiet Ghost Haunts Young Writers and Makes Everyone Miserable

Alex Ross Perry’s often funny ‘Listen Up Philip’ is as much homage to as critique of the great American writer

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Jewish-Themed Movies, Without Jews

Wes Anderson’s ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ and James Gray’s ‘The Immigrant’: period fantasies that shy away from real Jews

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‘If You Could Lick My Heart It Would Poison You’

Is Pawel Pawlikowski’s new film ‘Ida’ the Polish answer to ‘Aftermath,’ or a story of Jewish suffering and sacrifice?

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Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’ Is a Hot, Wet, Cinematic Mess

It rains and rains in the most eccentric Old Testament adaptation, and most Jewish biblical blockbuster, ever made

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‘The Last of the Unjust,’ the New Film by the Director of ‘Shoah,’ Is a Moral and Aesthetic Blunder

Claude Lanzmann returns to his greatest subject through footage of a conflicted Elder of Theresienstadt

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Coen Bros. Torture Another Schlemiel While Imagining They Are Dylan’s True Heirs

‘Inside Llewyn Davis,’ opening December 6, pits the existential victim against the very possibility of Jewish success

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Living the Nightmare of Mass Murder in Oscar-Nominated Doc The Act of Killing

Joshua Oppenheimer’s brutal film about the Indonesian genocide shows us what history looks like when blood-soaked sociopaths win

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Hannah Arendt, Guilty Pleasure

Thrill to the Jewish Philosopher Queen as she does battle with boring Nazis, The New Yorker, and Mossad

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The Shining Is About What?

Room 237 uses Talmudic exegesis to uncover whether Kubrick’s film is about Indians, the Holocaust, or bears

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The Jewish Brando

John Garfield, the tough, underrated Hollywood star who would have turned 100 today, embodied Jewish pride

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Gems From New York’s Film Fest

A live-score screening of the Yiddish classic The Yellow Ticket helps launch the city’s Jewish cinema celebration

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A Jewy Little Christmas

Three comedies—This Is 40, Parental Guidance, and The Guilt Trip—give the holidays cheap laughs

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Avraham Lincoln Avinu

Spielberg’s timely new Civil War biopic portrays a man leading his people to the gates of the Promised Land

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