Film

No need to whisper: do you have the write stuff?

By Judy Ironside, December 18, 2014

There is a tendency sometimes within Judaism to whisper. About our religion, our relations with each other, family issues, societal problems, even towering achievements in business, culture and elsewhere.

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Review: Night at the Museum:Secret of the Tomb

By Brigit Grant, December 18, 2014

Back in 2006, the American Museum of Natural History was struggling to attract visitors and facing budget cuts.

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Review: The Green Prince

By Brigit Grant, December 11, 2014

The decision to bring Mosab Hassan Yousef's book, Son of Hamas to the screen can't have been an easy one. Least of all for Mosab. Coming out in a paperback as an Israeli spy when your father is a radical Palestinian liberation leader is questionable, but to narrate his own story on camera seems like the act of a mad man with a death wish.

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Review: Men, Women And Children

December 4, 2014

The evils of the internet is one of those subjects middle-class parents debate over Waitrose-catered dinner parties, while their children are upstairs online.

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Review: Horrible Bosses 2

By Brigit Grant, November 27, 2014

There is a simple rule when it comes to sequels. If you gave the first film a thumbs down, there is no point going to see what happened next.

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Interview: Israel Horowitz

By Stephen Applebaum, November 20, 2014

When Israel Horovitz was 13, he submitted a novel titled Steinberg, Sex and the Saint to Simon & Schuster. The manuscript was rejected with a letter - penned by someone who didn't know the aspiring author's age - praising its "wonderful childlike quality".

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So how Jewish are Mike Leigh's films?

By Jason Solomons, November 20, 2014

Mike Leigh never wanted to be labelled a Jewish film maker. He confessed to me several years ago that Woody Allen's Radio Days was one of his favourite films because it echoed on a very personal, family level, with all the shouting and relatives and his own retreat into a world of radio plays and music.

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Sex, violence and fame - The Hill was where I learned what I needed to do

By Steven Berkoff, November 20, 2014

In Stamford Hill, I had a sense of discovering a completely new world. We all seemed to have something unique in common, a sense of going nowhere. Most of us had left school at 15, had passed no exams, were utterly rootless and therefore we belonged to each other.

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Review: My Old Lady

By Brigit Grant, November 20, 2014

It was the poet Philip Larkin who provided the most damning and potentially accurate assessment of parenting when he wrote: "They f--- you up, your mum and dad. /They may not mean to, but they do./ They fill you with the faults they had/ And add some extra, just for you."

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Review: Life Itself

By Brigit Grant, November 13, 2014

Film critics are a very strange breed. Deprived of natural light for much of the working week, the profession is more exciting in the telling than in practice.

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