The end-of-year movie rush is on, and it’s rich in films of Jewish interest, including the Coen Brothers’ latest, True Grit. Tablet Magazine offers its top 10.
For a fluffy comedy franchise, the Focker trilogy—which began 10 years ago with Meet the Parents—deals with an awful lot of serious stuff. Ben Stiller is plays an updated version of Annie Hall’s Alvy Singer, confronting in-laws who see him no differently than Grammy Hall would call “a real Jew.” The third installment reunites Jack and Greg with Greg’s outré parents, Roz and Bernie (Barbra Streisand and Dustin Hoffman, playing his second over-the-top Jewish father-in-law of the season), for another round of ethnic-vs.-WASP clashes.
In the poems of Silver Roses, the late Rachel Wetzsteon—who took her own life last year—is still very much alive