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A TALE OF LOVE AND DARKNESS (2016): Review by Jan Lisa Huttner

A Tale of Love and Darkness is Natalie Portman’s adaptation of the memoir Amos Oz published in 2004. I consider this film a masterpiece… but you probably won’t hear many other film critics say that. This is no doubt the consequence of two major decisions Portman made as a first-time filmmaker. First, she decided to focus […]



First JLH Day at the 2016 New York Jewish Film Festival Full Title = Art and Heart: The World of Isaiah Sheffer Affectionate BioDoc by Catherine Tambini about Manhattan mensch Isaiah Sheffer. Sheffer is well-known nationally as the creator and host of NPR’s Selected Shorts, but Jewish New York knows him as the impressario of Symphony Space. […]



First JLH Day at the 2016 New York Jewish Film Festival Stunning adaptation by David Bezmozgis of his 2001 short story Natasha.  Bezmozgis is clearly obsessed with the story of Natasha–for good reason–and he made the excellent decision to both write and direct the adaptation himself. Natasha is the story of a teenager named “Mark […]