This week on Unorthodox, how Chinese food and movies became a Jewish Yuletide classic, the Jews behind your favorite Christmas songs, and why Soviet Jews have ‘Christmas’ trees
After it was announced that Amy Schumer was in talks to play Barbie in an upcoming live-action feature film, she was subjected to body shaming. And where else? On social media.
The year’s can’t-miss releases, from Chantel Akerman’s ‘No Home Movie’ and Maren Ade’s ‘Toni Erdmann,’ to a wordless, cinematic graphic novel about fascism and war fever
At a time when America’s leadership causes unease and even fear, I turn to the example of Jackie Kennedy, who continued to strive as a mother and citizen after her husband’s death
Disney’s newest animated film ‘Moana’ is the latest in a long and recent line of non-Caucasian, lead female characters. So why not a Jewish one?
‘Jackie’ tells the story of the First Lady in the days following JFK’s assassination
For the fifth Transformers installment, director Michael Bay has given audiences yet another reason not to go to the movies
FYI: It’s pronounced ‘Fronkensteen’
Director Todd Solondz’s new film centers on a long-faced dachshund who bears witness to the emptiness of her owner’s bleak lives
A dispatch from the 33rd annual Jerusalem Film Festival, where Pedro Almodóvar’s ‘Julieta’ took in cheers and Israel’s Culture Minister Miri Regev heard jeers
Was ‘The Day the Clown Cried’ really all that ‘bad, bad, bad,’ or was it just ahead of its time?
‘Tikkun’ tells the story of a yeshiva student in Jerusalem who questions his faith after surviving a near-death experience
A dispatch from the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival on the French Riviera
‘Streit’s Matzo and the American Dream’ tells the story of the 90-year-old family-run matzo factory in New York’s Lower East Side, that will soon become condos
Jonah Hill and Miles Teller star in a new film about two drug-loving arms dealers from Miami who land a $300 million defense contract
Israeli actress Gal Gadot appeared on ‘Kimmel’ this week to promote ‘Batman v Superman,’ in which she plays Wonder Woman. Quickly, Gadot’s breasts became the focus of their conversation.
The ever-consistent Rogen has released the first trailer for his new animated movie, featuring ‘one sausage’s quest to discover the truth about his existence’
Watch the Vermont Senator pass out candy on Halloween, and play a ranting, baseball-loving rabbi
We all start somewhere
From Hollywood to Timbuktu, it was a very good year
Promotion at its perverted best
Documentaries ‘Arabic Movie’ and ‘Partner With the Enemy’ are powerful stand-outs
Watch the exclusive premiere of the trailer for the award-winning documentary, featuring Israeli author Amoz Oz
‘Pawn Sacrifice’ tells the story of the 1972 World Chess Championship in Iceland, a Cold War match between Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union and American Bobby Fischer
The face of Jewish comedy breaks out the penis jokes in his new film, The Night Before
A new documentary from filmmaker Laura Bialis explores the influential music scene in a place you’d least expect
The ‘Entourage’ movie is one giant, stereotypical step backward
There’s no better place to hide from zombies than the labrynthine Old City
Plot centers on battle between Deborah Lipstadt and Nazi apologist David Irving