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A Tale of Love and Darkness is Natalie Portman’s adaptation of the memoir Amos Oz published in 2004. I consider this film a masterpiece… but you probably won’t hear many other film critics say that. This is no doubt the … Continue reading

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First JLH Day at the 2016 New York Jewish Film Festival Stunning adaptation by David Bezmozgis of his 2001 short story Natasha.  Bezmozgis is clearly obsessed with the story of Natasha--for good reason--and he made the excellent decision to both … Continue reading

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Beneath the Helmet: From High School to the Home Front is fascinating look at five young men undergoing rigorous paratrooper training in the IDF (Israeli Defense Force). Barely 18 years old and just out of high school, they are at … Continue reading

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My Italian Secret

Opened in NYC on 3/2715

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2014: Tzivi’s Top Picks

Best Feature Film of 2014: Selma Runner Up: Birdman Best Director of 2014: Ava DuVernay (Selma) Runner Up: Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman) Best Documentary of 2014: Gringo Trails Runner Up: Life Itself Best Actress of 2014: Amy Adams (Big Eyes) Runner up: … Continue reading

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Ophir Update/CFIC ’14 Sneak Peek

JLH UPDATE: Immediately after this post went live on JUF Online, Chicago friends contacted me to say that while Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem was not on the 2014 CFIC schedule (Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema), it was part of … Continue reading

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Welcome 5775

Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech haolam, shehechehyanu, v'kiy'manu, v'higianu laz'man hazeh. Our praise to You, Eternal our God, Sovereign of all: for giving us life, sustaining us, and enabling us to reach this season. Richard & I have an incredible … Continue reading

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