Movie Review: Denial (2016)
January 4, 2017
Author: Stan Meyer

Following the surrender of Nazi Germany, a parade of SS officers testified before an international tribunal and described the details of their systematic plan to eradicate European Jewry. No story was more astonishing than the candid testimony of Rudolph Hoess, the commander of Auschwitz. He provided an international assembly of judges, reporters and witnesses the chilling details of how two million Jews had been murdered under his watchful eye.

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Movie review | The Pianist
November 16, 2016
Author: Diane Halm

The movie opens during the Nazi invasion of Poland in 1939. By October 31, 1940, the Nazis have forced all the Jewish residents to abandon their homes and move to the ghetto. The family has to sell its prized possession, the piano, for next to nothing.

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Movie review | Septembers of Shiraz
July 29, 2016
Author: Stan Meyer

Septembers of Shiraz is an adaptation of Dalia Sofer’s 2008 novel of the same name.

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Movie review | Life is Beautiful
Author: Diane Halm

Life is Beautiful, written, directed and starring Roberto Benigni (who won the Best Actor Oscar for this role), captures the power of love, family and imagination to conquer all.

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Movie Review: Holocaust: Night Will Fall
March 11, 2015
Author: Matt Sieger

A shocking documentary about the concentration camps that was suppressed by the British in 1945 will be released in April to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Bergen-Belsen. The film, German Concentration Camps Factual Survey, includes footage by British, American, and Soviet military cameramen of the liberation of Bergen-Belsen, Magdanek, Auschwitz, Buchenwald, Dachau and other camps.

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A Life Apart Movie Review

Movie Review: Shoah
November 25, 2014
Author: Matt Sieger

Shoah may be the most important historical film that no one has seen. While “no one” is an exaggeration, this iconic 1985 documentary about the Holocaust has not been widely viewed. Its 9 ½-hour length intimidated theater goers when it was first released and at its limited showings since that time. Although the Criterion Collection has recently made it available on DVD, it is now available for the first time online at the SundanceNow Doc Club.*

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A Life Apart Movie Review

Movie Review A Life Apart: Hasidism in America
Author: Matt Sieger

Directed by Menachem Daum and Oren Rudavsky

At the beginning of this fascinating documentary, Leonard Nimoy (who shares the narration with Sarah Jessica Parker) notes, “Hasidim are a minority within a minority. They arouse controversy among other Jews, no less than among gentiles.” The film explores some of that controversy, though filmmakers Daum (who lives in Crown Heights, home to the Lubavitch Hasidim) and Rudavsky paint a mostly loving portrait of this distinctive branch of Judaism.

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Movie Review: Flipping Out
Author: Gefen Skvortsov

Review of a 2008 documentary about Israelis who travel to India, get involved with the drug scene, and “flip out.”

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Movie Review: Wish I Was Here
August 14, 2014
Author: Elizabeth Troolines

Movie Review: Wish I Was Here, directed by Zach Braff, 2014

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Walking with the Enemy: Movie Review
April 21, 2014
Author: Iris Adler

Walking with the Enemy, a new Holocaust-centered film by a new director and a new production company, officially releases on the 25th.

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Ruth Gottlieb: A Poignant Life. Paris: Juifs pour Jésus. 45 mins. In French with English subtitles
Author: Sarah Mebasser

Ruth Gottlieb does not seem to be significantly different from any other octogenarian one might meet—other than her remarkable sharpness of mind. But then she begins to tell her story, one of sorrow upon sorrow. From the loss of nearly all her loved ones to the...

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No Place On Earth

No Place on Earth — Movie Review
April 18, 2013
Author: Iris Adler

Movie Title: No Place on Earth Director: Janet Tobias Writers: Janet Tobias, Paul Laikin Primary Actors (stars): Chris Nicola, Fruzsina Pelikán, Saul Stermer Date released: May 9, 2013 Genre: Documentary, War MPAA rating: PG-13 Duration: 1h 23min Reviewer: Iris Adler...

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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas – Movie Review
April 11, 2013
Author: Matt Sieger

Movie Title: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Director: Mark Herman Writers: John Boyne (novel), Mark Herman (screenplay) Primary Actors (stars): Asa Butterfield, David Thewlis, Rupert Friend Date released: November 26, 2008 Genre: Drama, War MPAA rating: PG-13...

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Les Misérables: The book or the movie?
January 21, 2013
Author: Ruth Rosen

Les Misérables: The book or the movie? Book Title: Les Misérables Author: Victor Hugo (Author), Lee Fahnestock (Translator, Introduction), Norman MacAfee (Translator), Chris Bohjalian (Afterword) Date Published: October 1, 2013 Publisher: Signet; Unabridged edition...

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Awakening
April 6, 2012
Author: David Brickner

Who are your “heroes of the faith”? One of mine is Jonathan Edwards. Edwards was a pastor in Massachusetts back in the 1700’s and is closely associated with what is called America’s First Great Awakening. Although the nature and scope of that...

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The Book Eli Just Couldn’t Put Down
Author: Matt Sieger

Movie Title: The Book of Eli Director: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes Writers: Gary Whitta Primary Actors (stars): Dezel Washington, Mila Kunis, Ray Stevenson Date released: January 15, 2010 Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller MPAA rating: R Duration: 1h 58min...

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Inception
July 23, 2010
Author: Jews for Jesus

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The Book Eli Just Couldn’t Put Down
January 29, 2010
Author: Matt Sieger

From the Movie: The Book of Eli As Eli (Denzel Washington) listens to “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?” by Al Green on his I-Pod-like relic in post-apocalyptic America, the real question is, how do you mend a broken world? This film captures tikkun olam...

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Movie Review: Expelled Revisited
Author: Matt Sieger

Movie Title: Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed Director: Nathan Frankowski Writers: Kevin Miller, Ben Stein Primary Actors (stars): Ben Stein, Lili Asvar, Peter Atkins Date released: April 18, 2008 Genre: Documentary MPAA rating: PG Duration: 1h 30min Reviewer: Matt...

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Ushpizin
Author: Yoel Ben David

Movie Title: Ushpizin Director: Gidi Dar Writers: Udi Lion (story editor), Shuli Rand Primary Actors (stars): Shuli Rand, Michal Bat-Sheva Rand, Shaul Mizrahi Date released: 25 November 2005 (USA) Genre: Drama MPAA rating: PG Duration: 1h 30min Reviewer: Yoel Ben...

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