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?

Prize Fighters

Joseph Cedar’s Footnote pits a Talmudic scholar against his academic son in a tale equal parts midrash, riddle, and Israeli political tragedy

Antique Politik

In choosing vintage Dior for her Oscars dress, Natalie Portman became an icon of fashion diplomacy—by maintaining both her ethics and her endorsement deal

Dictatorial

Sacha Baron Cohen has been warned not to commit any stunts at the Oscars. But why should he listen? It’s not as if he’ll ever win one.

Writing Footnote

Director Joseph Cedar on Orthodox Judaism, The Social Network, and the nightmare scenario behind his latest Academy Award-nominated film

Helpless

The nebbish is the bumbling caricature of a Jewish male, embodied by figures like Woody Allen and George Costanza. Where did he come from?

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