Film

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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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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