TomKat’s Contract, and Mine

The ketubah—the prenup’s antecedent—proves that, although love is ephemeral, a signature is forever

Nora Ephron’s Character

The famed screenwriter, who died Tuesday at 71, single-handedly invented a new kind of woman

L’Antisémite, Banned at Cannes

A new French film is worth watching if only for its portrayal of aesthetic corruption propelled by bigotry

In Prometheus, Reaching for God

Ridley Scott’s sci-fi masterpiece grasps for nothing less than the meaning of life and the limits of faith

Held Captive By Mel Gibson

In a strange new Kindle Single, Heaven and Mel, Joe Eszterhas again recounts the unmaking of a Maccabee epic

Solondz’s Schlubs

The funny, sad Dark Horse adds a creepy loser in love to the director’s catalog of misanthropes

Frum Female Underground Films

A spate of Orthodox women are turning to filmmaking (some restrictions apply)

The Not-So-Great ‘Dictator’

In his Arab-despot farce, Sacha Baron Cohen tries too hard to get under the skin of Arabs, Jews, and Americans

Greased, Frightening

John Travolta’s massages, ‘homosexual Jewish men’ in Hollywood, and the true nature of prejudice

Mel Gibson, Jews, and Power

The movie star’s brand of anti-Semitism, revealed anew in a recent Joe Eszterhas letter, is precisely what made him want to tell the Maccabee story

Dumb, Dumberer, and Dumberest

In their new yuk-fest The Three Stooges, the Farrelly Brothers deracinate a Jewish classic. But the brutish schtick got old a long time ago.

The WASP Woody Allen?

In Damsels in Distress, preppy auteur Whit Stillman fetishizes a world of limits, quite contrary to the Jewish director to whom he’s often compared

Blackout in Tehran

Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi has been banned from making movies for the next 20 years. Here’s how he got around the mullahs.

Sanctuary

Free Men, a film about Muslim members of the French Resistance in World War II, evokes recent surveillance activity by the New York Police Department

‘Hey Jer-REE!’

At his 86th birthday party, a question arises: Is there a needier, more agonizingly ambitious figure in American popular culture than Jerry Lewis?

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