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Reform Jediism

The Last Jedi, the story of a community that abandons its religion for an ephemeral universalist creed, can feel like a documentary about American Jews

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An André Aciman Movie?

Jewishness as a metaphor for homosexual desire, in a successful new adaptation to film of the 2007 novel ‘Call Me By Your Name’

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Actress Hedy Lamarr, the Real-Life Jewish Wonder Woman Whose Inventions Led to WiFi and GPS

The affecting new documentary ‘Bombshell’ is haunted by recordings of her lilting voice from the 1990s, after her descent into pop-culture hell

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Double Exposure: Jean-Pierre Melville

The ambiguities and darkness of Nazi-occupied France propelled him to flee his country, take a new name, fight in the Resistance, and then invent film noir. But the past continued to haunt him.

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Motherless Brussels: Notes on Chantal Akerman’s ‘No Home Movie’

Thirteen ways of looking at the great filmmaker, two years after her death by suicide

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Jerry Lewis Did Kol Nidre in Clown-Face on Yom Kippur, May His Soul Find a Shining Piece of Paradise

Rokhl’s Golden City: The Jazz Singer, and a legendary klezmer drummer bubbe

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Frederick Wiseman Is Here

With a penetrating new film on the Public Library, the master documentary filmmaker continues his generous 50-year X-ray view of the human systems behind American democratic life

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Farewell George Romero, the I.B. Singer of the Zombie Movie

The American master of horror and the Yiddish writer have a surprising amount in common, including a disdain for humanism and its platitudes

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Cinema Verite

Episode 98: Film critic Jordan Hoffman on the summer’s best movies and fitness trainer-turned-shaman Stacy Berman on finding balance

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The World’s First Kung-Fu Holocaust Exploitation Flick!

Jackie Chan meets the Chinese Oskar Schindler in Israeli-Romanian co-production ‘Exodus to Shanghai’

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Hollywood’s Other Great Anti-Nazi Movie

Ernst Lubitsch’s ‘racy, risky black comedy of manners’ To Be or Not To Be is funnier and in many ways more fearless than its wartime cousin, Casablanca

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In a Charming New Israeli Movie, Religious Women Are the Real Guardians of the Galaxy

‘The Women’s Balcony’ is the rare film that gets the joys of faith just right

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Rama Burshtein’s ‘The Wedding Plan’ Is a Halachically-Approved Fable With a Happy Ending, Maybe

An Orthodox woman’s ill-fated engagement sends Haredi rom-com down the path of blissed-out breakthroughs

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Cannonball Moment

Episode 86: Filmmaker Ferne Pearlstein asks whether we can joke about the Holocaust, and ‘Jesuitical’ podcast host Ashley McKinless brings Easter baskets

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Land’s End

Episode 82: Israeli filmmaker Shimon Dotan discusses his latest documentary, The Settlers 

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‘Get Out’ Is Terrifying and—for American Jews, in Particular—Essential

The real monster in Jordan Peele’s brilliant horror film is the toxic strain of liberalism that makes blacks—and Jews—invisible

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All Aboard

Episode 81: Off the Rails filmmaker Adam Irving and Macy Halford, author of My Utmost: A Devotional Memoir

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The Settlers Movie

Shimon Dotan’s ‘strongly articulated’ political documentary focuses on the fanatics on the front lines of the battle over the land of Israel

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And the Oscar Goes To…

Episode 79: The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg predicts the Academy Award winners, and cookbook author Molly Yeh preps for Purim with sprinkle-filled hamantaschen

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American Noir for the Age of Trump

Darkness! Angst! Paranoia! In the terrified films of the 1940s and ’50s, written and directed by Jewish refugees, hidden dangers lurk where hell is no longer a fantasy, where what’s false is true, and what’s wrong is even wronger.

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In Florida We Trust

Episode 78: Miami Jewish Film Festival director Igor Shteyrenberg and Rocco’s Tacos restaurateur Rocco Mangel, recorded live in West Palm Beach

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Here’s Looking at You, Kid

As the Hollywood studio classic turns 75, a ‘delightful’ new history, ‘We’ll Always Have Casablanca,’ tells all about how a bunch of Jewish refugees made a great movie about Jewish refugees escaping the Nazis

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How the Epstein Twins Drove Jack Warner Nuts

The Hollywood screenwriting duo behind ‘Casablanca’ and ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ playfully battled the studio boss over McCarthyism, unions, and Jews

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Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ Is One of the Greatest Jewish Films Ever Made

Sure, it’s about Portuguese Jesuits in Japan, but the movie’s theological message is one we should all embrace

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The Forgotten Holocaust: The Films of Boris Maftsir

An Israeli filmmaker works to revive the neglected, terrible history of Shoah victims in the Soviet Union

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The Holocaust for Communists

The East German-Bulgarian Holocaust movie ‘Sterne,’ screening this weekend at the New York Jewish Film Festival, is one of a group of visceral films made in Communist countries by or with people who survived the war

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Ferris Bueller and the Chamber of Secrets

This week on Unorthodox, Jason Diamond’s memoir about John Hughes, and the divinity school graduates analyzing Harry Potter as though it were a sacred text

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‘None Shall Escape,’ Hollywood’s First Holocaust Film, Was All But Unknown for 70 Years. Now It’s Been Rediscovered.

The 99-year-old actress who played the tragic heroine recalls the bravery and foresight of the screenwriters and producers of an unflinching, prescient B-movie Nazi noir, now deservedly back in circulation in a new 35mm print

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Philip Roth Fails Yet Another Screen Test

Not even Ewan McGregor can turn the author’s narcissism into a relatable work of art in his adaptation of ‘American Pastoral’

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The Birth of a Nation?

Mel Gibson’s ‘Braveheart’ inspires another version of the many versions of the Nat Turner rebellion story, in a rave-capturing new film part Spartacus, part Exodus

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