Category Archives: Films/DVDs

Someone To Run With

Told from two perspectives, Someone to Run With directed by Oded Davidoff and based on the novel by David Grossman, follows two teenagers on parallel journeys of salvation and self-discovery. (EML: 3.5/5) Review by FF2 Associate Eliana M. Levenson “Tamar” (Bal … Continue reading

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Tzivi’s Cinema Spotlight (April ’17): Tzivi raves about NORMAN!

On Account of a Hat. In one of Sholem Aleichem’s best–loved stories, a wheeler dealer is forever “negotiating transactions” until “one day God takes pity on him, and for the first time in his career—are you listening?—he actually works out … Continue reading

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Norman (2016): Huttner reflects on what we talk about when we talk about “Norman”

I am not just in love with Joseph Cedar's new film Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer, I am ensnared and somewhat obsessed. I have now seen Norman three times, first at a critic's screening … Continue reading

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Tzivi’s Cinema Spotlight (March ’17): Reviews of IN SEARCH OF ISRAEL CUISINE and MR. GAGA

Spring brings two new documentary films from Israel to Chicago. One I loved. The other? No so much. So let’s start with the spinach. Mr. Gaga, which opens tonight at the Music Box Theatre on Southport, is Tomer Heymann’s new … Continue reading

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The Zookeeper’s Wife (2017): Review by Eliana Levenson

Niki Caro’s The Zookeeper’s Wife recounts the efforts of Antonina Żabiński and her husband, Jan, who risked their lives during World War II to harbor Jewish refugees in the basement of their zoo during the Nazi occupation of Warsaw. (EML: … Continue reading

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Mr. Gaga (2015): Review by Jan Lisa Huttner

From IMDb: Ohad Naharin, artistic director of the Batsheva Dance Company, is regarded as one of the most important choreographers in the world. Meeting him at a critical turning point in his personal life, this spirited and insightful documentary will … Continue reading

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In Search of Israeli Cuisine (2016): Review by Jan Lisa Huttner

From IMDb: A portrait of the Israeli people told through food. We shot in fine restaurants, in home kitchens, wineries, cheese makers, on the street and much more. Americans see Israelis and Palestinians as always in conflict. Those are not the … Continue reading

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BEN-GURION EPILOGUE (2016): Review by Jan Lisa Huttner

After considerable effort director Yariv Mozer and editor Yael Perlov have located both the images and the audio that David Perlov (Yael Perlov's father) captured when he interviewed David Ben-Gurion -- Israel's Founding Father -- at his Negev home in 1968. … Continue reading

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THE SETTLERS: Review by Jan Lisa Huttner

Although I respect and admire filmmaker Shimon Dotan's scrupulously even-handed documentary on the rise of Israel's Settlement Movement, I must honestly say that no film in recent memory has been more painful to actually watch. I wavered on a rating because … Continue reading

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Tzivi’s Cinema Spotlight (Feb ’17): Reviews of FIRE BIRDS and MORGENTHAU

Tzivi reviews Morgenthau and Fire Birds By Jan Lisa Huttner Hello, Readers. Did you miss me? My first post for Tzivi’s Cinema Spotlight was way back in August 2011, and in all the intervening years, month after month, I have … Continue reading

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