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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.

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The Tempest

The first time Julie Taymor staged The Tempest, in 1986 at San Francisco’s Theater for a New Audience, she made the play’s sorcery come to life with puppets and masks. These days, Taymor—the daughter of a Jewish gynecologist and a Democratic party activist who let “art” become the de facto religion of their Newton, Mass., home—now has better tricks at her disposal, thanks to the magic of CGI. Over the years, people have found Jewish themes in Shakespeare’s final play: forced exile, usually, though more inventive interpreters have cast the whole thing as an allegory for the submission to God’s authority during the Days of Awe. Taymor’s version, which recasts Prospero as the avenging matriarch Prospera (played by Helen Mirren), introduces a fresh mother-daughter dynamic that, like the one depicted in Black Swan, can be read as both Jewish and universal.

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June Getraer says:

Each and everyone of these films is tempting to view. The fact that they all have a Jewish connection gives me an added perspective,

Thank you!

Wow, “Oy Vey My Son is Gay!” is really several years out of date. Reform Judaism has supported same-sex marriage for several years now, and Conservative and Reconstructionist Judaism have left it to individual rabbis and congregations to go with their conscience.

The screenwriter could have at least bothered to consult wikipedia.

Moshe Pesach Geller says:

Just as there is no suh thing as half-pregnant, there is no such thing as a half-Jew. Either you are or you aren’t. And no amount of post-modern America relativism will alter a 4,000 year reality. This nonesense is just a blit that will be long forgotten after the decline and fall of the American Empire is complete.

A very weak idea for a year-end review of movies. Please don’t do this again; it’s not worth it.

Allison,
You have proved yourself to strengthen my longstanding belief that journalists are the degenerates of society. To partake in great joy in others’ downfalls – and be proud of it – that must take great talent.

Wipe that fake smile off your face and show your true colors – at least do the job with honesty!

the above was NOT ME.

Having seen Swan & KINg, i’ll take real royalty. In a class with Le Balon Rouge!

no, that was me – and it was a message, not a response to the film.

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Spooltide Cheer

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.