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Exonerating the Friedmans

Filmmaker Andrew Jarecki is trying to overturn Jesse Friedman’s 1989 Great Neck molestation conviction

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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.

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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

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2 or 3 Things I Know About ‘A Separation’

The Iranian film beat the Israeli film and the Polish Holocaust film

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Daybreak: U.S. Doubts Iran Bomb Program

Plus WikiLeaks makes another splash, and more in the news

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Your Oscar Cheat Sheet

Here’s what to root for

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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.

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Out of ‘In Darkness,’ Reflection

A response to Agnieszka Holland’s Academy Award-nominated film

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Writing Footnote

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

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Sundown: Roseanne for President

Plus high-tech Tel Aviv, Iranian threats, and more

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Daybreak: Hopeless, Syrian Rebels Get Fiercer

Plus U.N. report refers to Gaza ‘collective punishment,’ and more in the news

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100 Greatest Jewish Films

Day 4, Nos. 25 to 6: Meet the Parents makes intermarriage OK, Ghostbusters explores Jewish theology, and The Graduate goes just around the bend

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100 Greatest Jewish Films

Day 3, Nos. 50 to 26: Exodus is Zionist agitprop, The Social Network revisits the creation myth, Funny Girl is a nesting doll of Jewish womanhood

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100 Greatest Jewish Films

Day 2, Nos. 75 to 51: Barton Fink is the greatest Jewish noir, Heathers is a classic morality play, and Jeff Goldblum is, well, Jeff Goldblum

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Sundown: Daniel Pearl’s Killers Remain Free

Plus Natalie Portman probably says ‘Kennahurra,’ and more

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Daybreak: U.S. Applies Pressure to Syrian Point

Plus Iraqi church massacre, the Tea Party (Israeli), and more in the news

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Tablet Writer’s Film Wins Oscar!

Rakoff’s movie lands Short Film prize

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Your Oscar Cheat Sheet

Here’s what to root for

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With ‘Ajami’, Israeli Cinema Moves From Politics

Oscar nominee exemplifies new kind of Israeli film

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‘Ajami’: Maybe At A Theater Near You

Where to see Israel’s Oscar nominee

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‘A Serious Man,’ ‘Basterds,’ and ‘Ajami’ Nominated

Congrats to Tablet contributing editor David Rakoff

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