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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

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Fantasyland

Michael Chabon may finally score a hit as a screenwriter for Disney’s new sci-fi flick John Carter. But will success in Hollywood ruin his fiction?

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Visionaries

What makes a Jewish film? To open our 100 Greatest Jewish Films week, critics A.O. Scott and Jody Rosen talk about movies from Abie’s Irish Rose to Zelig.

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A List of Our Own

Tablet Magazine’s ‘100 Greatest Jewish Films’ premieres Monday

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Is ‘Dirty Dancing’ the Most Jewish Film Ever?

The women of the film, out of the corner, a generation later

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A Sort of, Maybe Jewish Movie

‘Peep World,’ out next week, is sort of maybe worth your time

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‘Proud to Be Jewish’

Natalie Portman, Oscar winner and face of Dior Cherie perfume, condemned Dior designer John Galliano’s anti-Semitic outburst. In 2005, she spoke about her deep Jewishness for the book Stars of David.

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Natalie and Me

In 2004, Natalie Portman—likely to win a Best Actress Oscar for Black Swan this weekend—spent a year at Hebrew University. So did I, and it’s her fault I started smoking.

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Eat, Pray, Love Your Brother

The Julia Roberts blockbuster—and the Elizabeth Gilbert memoir it’s based on—get the prayer part all wrong

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Toy Soldiers

A haftorah of breaking down and sobering up

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Your Oscar Cheat Sheet

Here’s what to root for

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Israel Nears Third Straight Oscar Nomination

‘Ajami’ is country’s first Arabic-language submission

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Judah’s Avatar

Watching James Cameron’s CGI epic and reconsidering the Hanukkah story

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Brittany Murphy’s Mother Was Jewish

Deceased actress was very close to her

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With a Vengeance

A haftorah of jealousy and judgment

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Being Jewish Made Kunstler a Radical

Legendary lawyer’s daughters speculate as their documentary opens

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Israel’s Tax Law Brings Billionaire Home

Foreign income is untaxed, so movie producer Arnon Milchan moves back

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Lebanese Critics Pan ‘Lebanon’ Movie

Saying it’s one-sided

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Toronto Film Fest to Honor Tel Aviv, Controversially

Canadian, Israeli directors protest

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Critics Fascinated, Repulsed, and a Little Bored

By ‘Inglourious Basterds’

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G.I. Jew

In Israel, the ‘real American hero’ was a different kind of soldier

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David Mamet and Anne Frank

Coming to a theater near you

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Natalie Portman, Hasid

Trailer for ‘New York, I Love You’ sure to thrill Jewish boys everywhere

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Writer Budd Schulberg Dies

Writer, former Communist, name-namer, and maybe bad for the Jews

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New ‘Harry Potter’ Is a Holocaust Allegory

Or else it’s a Christ allegory

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Israeli Anti-Semitism Documentary

Makes only its filmmaker look bad

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Britney, Survivor

Pop-star Spears in talks for a Holocaust movie

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Young Israel, in Color

A British soldier’s 1949 home movies

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A Fine Mess

How a filmmaker turned his movie flop into a groundbreaking book

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