movie reviews

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 | Life is Beautiful
July 29, 2016
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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A Life Apart Movie Review

Movie Review A Life Apart: Hasidism in America
November 25, 2014
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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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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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 Duration: 1h 34min Reviewer: Matt Sieger Review date: April 11, 2013 April 7–14 marks Holocaust Remembrance Week…

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Spielberg’s Munich, and the Prospects for Peace
January 3, 2006

Movie Title: Munich Director: Steven Spielberg Writers: Tony Kushner (screenplay), Eric Roth (screenplay), George Jonas (book) Primary Actors (stars): Eric Bana, Daniel Craig, Marie-Josée Croze Date released: January 6, 2006 Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Thriller MPAA rating: R Duration: 2h 44min Reviewer: Jews for Jesus By now many of us have seen Steven Spielberg’s recently…

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Forbidden Peace: the Story Behind the Headlines
October 1, 2004

Movie Title: Forbidden Peace: the Story Behind the Headlines Director: Beth Freeman Kenison Writers: Beth Freeman Kenison Date released: January 2, 2004 Genre: Documentary, History, War Duration: 47 min Reviewer: Jews for Jesus What would make a Palestinian man, who hated Jews with a passion, embrace a former Israeli soldier as his brother? Why would…

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Train of Life
January 1, 2001

Movie Title: Train of Life Director: Radu Mihaileanu Writers: Radu Mihaileanu, Moni Ovadia Primary Actors (stars): Lionel Abelanski, Rufus, Clément Harari Date released: September 16, 1998 Genre: Comedy, Drama, War MPAA rating: R Duration: 1h 43min Reviewer: Jews for Jesus The word whimsical” seems out of place when describing a story set against the backdrop…

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Hollywood: The City of Lost Angels
September 1, 1997

The American film industry has always had difficulty portraying a truly biblical picture of angels and what they do. The recent flood of spiritual offerings don’t improve Tinsel Town’s track record. In the past, angels were portrayed as somewhat benign characters who would intervene in the life of a hapless character who was either about…

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