Film

Review: My Nazi Legacy

By Brigit Grant, November 19, 2015

What terrible thing would your father have to do to make you admit he was a monster? For most people, discovering he was responsible for the murder of 75,000 innocent men, women and children would be enough, but not Horst von Wächter.

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Fighting back to put antisemitism on the ropes

By Stephen Applebaum, November 12, 2015

Getting people to open their wallets for a first feature is never easy, says actor-turned film-maker David Leon, whose provocative debut, Orthodox, is playing in the UK Jewish Film Festival. "You know no one is going to give you that opportunity on a silver plate. So you have to find innovative ways of working around the system".

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Review: The Lady in The Van

By Brigit Grant, November 12, 2015

If Dame is the highest honour that can be bestowed upon an actress then it's time they came up with something extra for Maggie Smith. Make her a double Dame if necessary, as her performance as The Lady in the Van warrants it. And though he declined the Order of the Knight in 1998, playwright Alan Bennett will always be a Sir to me.

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'My quest to understand the unapologetic Nazis'

By Stephen Applebaum, November 5, 2015

When Philippe Sands was growing up, the Holocaust loomed silently over his world like an unwanted visitor who won't leave.

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Review: Burnt

By Brigit Grant, November 5, 2015

As the hottest dish in Hollywood, Bradley Cooper is definitely the right guy to play chef Adam Jones in John Wells's Burnt. When I first interviewed the then young Marco Pierre White, he was a lot like Adam. Arrogant, shouty, ingredient-obsessed with no tableside manner, he terrified diners but beguiled them with his genius cooking.

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Rebels with a cause

By Brigit Grant, October 29, 2015

Life imitating art imitating life may be a cultural cliché but, when it comes to Nae Caranfil's Closer to the Moon, it really does the job.

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Bringing compassion to the survival instinct

By Daniella Isaacs, October 29, 2015

Amir Wolf's Fire Birds, which premieres at the UK Jewish Film Festival next month, shines some well-deserved light on a generation that we too often ignore.

After the body of Amikom, an 80-year-old Israeli man, is found with three stab wounds and a mysterious tattoo, police detective Amnon reluctantly takes on the case.

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Review: The Vatican Tapes

By Brigit Grant, October 29, 2015

With Spectre on the landscape, only the bravest of distributors was prepared to take on the might of James Bond this week. But if the latest 007 is sold out, there's The Vatican Tapes.

Signature Entertainment, which was founded four years ago by Marc Goldberg, has been brave enough to go up against Bond and provide the horror-fix for Halloween.

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Plane wonderful

By Brigit Grant, October 22, 2015

Paper Planes (12A)
Children don't get nearly as much attention as they deserve at the cinema. They remain the untapped captive audience due to the small number of films released specifically for them.

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Review: Hotel Transylvania 2

By Brigit Grant, October 15, 2015

Sometimes it's easy to spot a Jewish cartoon character. Herschel Krustofsky aka Krusty the Clown of The Simpsons or South Park kid Kyle Broslofski. Where it gets tricky is with Gru in Despicable Me, as he has an Eastern European accent, hook nose and overbearing mother, but has yet to come clean about his ancestry.

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