JACBA '13

“Also in attendance at the ceremony were 14 students from the Walt Whitman Middle School in Brooklyn. Their school librarian, Alla Umanskaya, uses the award to teach her students about Jane Addams and the topics covered by award-winning books including peace, social justice, and constructive problem solving. The students were happy to meet the winning…

BASTARDS

After doing everything possible to remove himself from the entanglements of the family business, “Marco” (Vincent Lindon) is called home & finds the situation much worse than he knew. Quickly enmeshed, he draw others into the s&%t in a doomed attempt to set things right. This new film (directed by French filmmaker Claire Denis) is…

THE PIN

Haunting film about two young people who escape the murder of their families & find each other in a barn at the edge of the Russian border. Unlike so many Holocaust films, THE PIN is delicate & understated, showing how the power of imagination under impossible circumstances became a tool of survival. (JLH: 4/5) DIALOGUE…

THE SQUARE

Acclaimed doc director Jehane Noujaim follows 3 men intimately involved in the “Egyptian Chapter” of the Arab Spring” (Khalid Abdalla, Magdy Ashour, & Ahmed Hassan) as their hopes for a peaceful citizen-lead revolution are crushed by political realities. While we applaud Noujaim’s access & first person footage, we left without actually learning anything new. We…

CBGB

“Hilly” (Hillel) Kristal was a Jewish guy from NJ who became the Godfather of Punk Rock by nurturing talented kids before they became the big names we know them as today (eg, Blondie, Talking Heads, etc). Rickman portrays Hilly as a mensch lit from above by his own private star. Yet again truth is stranger…

ZERO CHARISMA

“Scott” (Sam Eidson) is as uncharismatic as can be. Lacking the ability to change, he decides to live in defiance rather than denial, terrorizing the other hapless Geeks who assemble at his grandmother’s house to play a weekly fantasy game. Like looking under a rock or watching Ernest Borgnine–who won an Oscar as MARTY (1955)–but…