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Life During Wartime

From Aug ’10 Spotlight: Todd Solondz’ new film Life During Wartime opens August 6 at the Music Box Theatre on Southport. Solondz is an “edgy” filmmaker, and I found his first three films rewarding, but this time my reaction is more mixed. He definitely gives us food for thought, but if you go, expect to […]

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Royal Pains

Nothing Succeeds Like Success: A new series which stars actor Mark Feuerstein as a Manhattan physician holds the promise of “Jewish content,” but in year one Jewish references never surfaced, & the character’s name “Hank Lawson” left room for doubt.  But Baruch Ha Shem, Royal Pains is now a cable success, so in Season Two the script has […]

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Pacino’s Shylock

So a new issue of The New Yorker arrives & I see Al Pacino is playing “Shylock” again (this time on stage at the Delacorte), & Hilton Als says: “Pacino’s Shylock, it turns out, is interesting not in relation to the rest of the play but because he is Pacino’s Shylock.  (This was less of a […]

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Anti-Semitic Education?

Last night the co-chair of IWA’s Film Discussion Group asked me to lead another discussion of Lone Scherfig’s Oscar-nominated film An Education.  And once again, the question “Is An Education anti-Semitic?” triggered huge debate. As a Jewish-American critic, I am often perplexed about the representation of Jews in popular culture. I sometimes watch films about characters I know are […]

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