Film

Live long and prosper

By Josh Clancy, March 5, 2015

A Jew need only watch Star Trek for five minutes to notice that Spock is a member of the tribe. He's saturnine, difficult, bumptious, awkward with women, clever and thoughtful. As a half-human and half-Vulcan he's the eternal outsider, living and working on the Starship Enterprise but always feeling somewhat detached.

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Review: The Second BestMarigold Hotel

By Brigit Grant, February 26, 2015

So the Oscars is over and there will be no more soapbox rants for a better world delivered by multi-millionaire actors waving little gold men. Not until next year anyway.

Cue the new, though March is not the best time for films as they won't be remembered when the nominations come around again.

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Review: Selma

By Brigit Grant, February 5, 2015

Privileged film industry types complaining about a lack of Oscar nominations annoys me, but in the case of Selma, I'm right there with them.

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Interview: Samantha Spiro

By John Nathan, January 29, 2015

It seems we have come to an end of what might be termed Samantha Spiro's Jewish period. The actress is amused at the phrase.

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Review: Mortdecai

By Brigit Grant, January 22, 2015

Though it isn't compulsory, as the critic for a Jewish newspaper I try to choose films that are either subject relevant or bursting with the artistic contributions of a Jewish cast and crew. With only the name - Mortdecai - to go on before shooting began, I wrongly assumed actor Johnny Depp had accepted his first Orthodox role and was ditching Captain Jack Sparrow's tricorne for a shtreimel.

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Testament of the Rakusen's matzah boy who's made a cracker of a film

By Brigit Grant, January 15, 2015

Unless food is the focus of a film, it rarely comes up in conversation with the director, but with James Kent, 51, it was inevitable. His great-grandfather was Lloyd Rakusen of matzah-making fame and it happens to be my favourite snack. "Mine, too," says James enthusiastically. "They are just so more-ish and delicious with scrambled eggs.

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The return of Les Enfants

By David Robson, January 15, 2015

Louis Malle was in his mid-fifties when he made the film he always knew he must make. It tells of his time as a young Catholic boy at a convent school in Nazi-occupied northern France and his friendship with one of the three Jewish boys the monks took in under assumed non-Jewish names in the hope of saving them. This was an act of Christian generosity, bravery and quite likely self-sacrifice.

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Review: American Sniper

By Brigit Grant, January 15, 2015

When an octogenarian delivers a 21st- century war film to rival anything a younger gun could produce, he deserves our respect. So it's hats off to Clint Eastwood, who at 84 clearly has no problem commanding epic material from behind the lens. Unfortunately, American Sniper, like a number of other films he has directed, doesn't tick all the emotive boxes - or any, in my case.

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Review: The Theory OF Everything

By Brigit Grant, January 8, 2015

A Brief History Of Time is always the mostpristine tome on any shelf. No doubt the owner made the purchase with the intention of reading it, but simply hasn't found the... time.

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Review: Into the Woods

By Brigit Grant, January 8, 2015

Having made the mistake of walking out of Sunday in the Park With George some years ago (which I grew to love) I've always felt I owed Stephen Sondheim. The staccato rhythm and rhyme of his music was drummed into my head from an early age by my mother, so I was educated in the ways of the maestro who some embrace as musical theatre's answer to Pinter.

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