Why an 88-year-old Holocaust survivor has become a heroine to young Africans

April 21, 2011

To her friends, Hilde Back was a quiet, elderly Jewish woman who used to teach pre-school children and had lived alone for 35 years. But to Chris MBuru she was "an angel who had walked into my life and fixed it".

Back, now 88, is the star of Jennifer Arnold's new documentary, A Small Act, after she unwittingly inspired the largest educational fund in Kenya.


Review: Your Highness

By Jonathan Foreman, April 14, 2011

The preview for Your Highness is a masterpiece of the trailer-maker's art. It does much more than highlight the movie's best gags; it weaves them together, sometimes transposing dialogue between scenes, to create a brilliant, wholly false impression of the film.


Review: Source Code

By Jonathan Foreman, March 31, 2011

It is easy to picture the Source Code team pitching the film to the studios as Groundhog Day morphed into a time-travel thriller. The latter is one of the more popular sub-genres of science fiction in the movies, perhaps because so many of us wish, at times, that we could go back into the past and take a different road.


Review: You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger

By Jonathan Foreman, March 17, 2011

Something about England seems to bring out the worst in Woody Allen. He appeared to be coming back to form in Whatever Works and Vicky Cristina Barcelona. But his latest film is of a piece with the wretched Match Point and Scoop, although less pleasing than either.


Review: The Company Men

By Jonathan Foreman, March 10, 2011

It is easy to see why many American critics disliked The Company Men, the quietly powerful movie debut of ER creator John Wells. Yes, it boasts a spectacular cast, including Ben Affleck, Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones and Chris Cooper.


London screening for 'nuclear Iran' film

By Jennifer Lipman, March 9, 2011

A film featuring a detailed examination of Iran’s nuclear ambitions and their impact on international security will have its European premiere at a London synagogue next week.


Hollywood deal for Israeli film clip search start-up

By Jennifer Lipman, March 8, 2011

Film studio Universal has teamed up with an Israeli internet company to create the most comprehensive digital film archive yet.

AnyClip, founded in 2009 in Jerusalem, enables viewers to search for memorable scenes or key moments by entering keywords into a search engine.

Once a clip has been found, the scene can be watched online and posted on Facebook.


Oscar-winning Weinsteins face bribery lawsuit

By Jennifer Lipman, March 3, 2011

Just days after they won the Best Film Oscar for The King’s Speech, studio heads Harvey and Bob Weinstein have been accused of trying to bribe their way out of bad publicity.


On this day: Zero Mostel is born

By Jennifer Lipman, February 28, 2011

The Broadway comedian was born Sam Joel in Brooklyn to Orthodox parents and spent his childhood learning at a yeshiva school, but chose to enter showbiz and change his name to Zero rather than follow in the family footsteps.


Oscars 2011 Live blog

By Jennifer Lipman, February 25, 2011

The JC is covering the Oscars live tonight from 11.30. Check our Oscars live blog for all the latest news on winners, losers, dresses, speeches and more.

Full Red Carpet coverage here

Best Picture
- Black Swan
- The Fighter
- Inception
- The Kids Are All Right