Author Archives: nightfinder79

Elegy

NOTE: This review was originally published by WomenArts on 8/21/08: ” Something wonderful has happened to Philip Roth’s career in the past decade, and I don’t just mean the fact that he’s continuing to publish novels that are both critically acclaimed … Continue reading

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Family Law

NOTE: This review was originally posted on Films for Two on 10/20/06 as my Top Pick of the 2006 Chicago International Film Festival: “Ariel Perelman (Daniel Hander) refers to his father Bernardo (Arturo Goetz) as a ‘Zelig.’ A master-schmoozer, Bernardo has … Continue reading

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Five Days

NOTE: This review was originally published by the JUF News on 8/1/06: “Where were we exactly one year ago? Glued to our television screens watching the Gaza disengagement. Filmmaker Yoav Shamir captures the pain and the passion, the complexity and the … Continue reading

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Fugitive Pieces

NOTE: This reivew was originally published in JUF News on 07/15: Here’s a dilemma: seeing as many Holocaust films as I’ve seen in my role as a Jewish film critic, I’ve become pretty jaded. I worry when Holocaust stories are … Continue reading

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Garden State

NOTE: This review was originally published in The World Jewish Digest on 8/04: “Zach Braff is the star of GARDEN STATE, a wonderful new film opening wide on August 6th. Zach Braff? The guy from the sitcom SCRUBS? That’s him … Continue reading

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Heir To An Execution

Note: this review was originally published in the The World Jewish Digest on 6/1/04: “On June 19, 1953, a 36 year old Jewish woman with two small children was electrocuted at Sing Sing Prison in Ossining, New York. Fifty-one years … Continue reading

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Janem Janem

Note: This review was originally published by The Jewish Ledger on 2/1/07: “Give three good reasons why we are here,” Eldi asks his wife Efrat in one of the opening scenes of Haim Bouzaglo’s wonderful film Janem Janem. “Because we were … Continue reading

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Kibbutz

Note: This review was originally published by the JUF News on 8/1/06: “At one point in Racheli Schwartz’s new documentary KIBBUTZ, someone comments that border kibbutzim like Hulata once served a defensive purpose, but that role was far in the past. Ooops; … Continue reading

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Watermarks

NOTE: This review was originally published by The World Jewish Digest on 04/1/05: “The early 20th century was the golden age of Viennese Jewry. Jews were active in both the commercial and intellectual life of the city, and were largely … Continue reading

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Lost Embrace

NOTE: This review was originally published by The World Jewish Digest on 3/1/05: “Watching LOST EMBRACE is such an effortless experience that this sweet little movie only becomes really special upon reflection. The latest film by Jewish-Argentinean director Daniel Burman, … Continue reading

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