Praying With Lior (2008)
Orthodox Stance (2008)
Gone Baby Gone (2007)
"The action and drama related to the taking of the girl and the unraveling of the mystery are inarguably engrossing, but sometimes twists and turns that work on the page are drained of impact once put to screen."
The Golden Compass (2007)
No Country for Old Men (2007)
There Will Be Blood (2007)
The Kite Runner (2007)
Margot at the Wedding (2007)
"Baumbach is not interested in weddings or preparations for weddings. He is not interested in much else but throwing his audience into the fire and giving us that dirty, nasty taste of family dysfunction in all its seething glory."
Eastern Promises (2007)
The Namesake (2006)
"Mira Nair's film is called The Namesake which immediately focuses our attention toward the value of names and naming (and that theme is explored occasionally within the film), but to slip even further down the rabbit hole, the more intriguing area of disc"
O Jerusalem (2007)
Free Zone (2006)
"While Portman does outshine everyone and everything on screen and though she certainly gets credit for making the résumé sacrifice in the spirit of embracing her heritage, Free Zone does nothing for her in return"
Close to Home (2007)
Gaza Strip (2002)
The Good Night (2007)
Into the Wild (2007)
Live Free or Die Hard (2007)
A Mighty Heart (2007)
The Illusionist (2006)
"The Illusionist is intent on maintaining a serious and sinister, yet serene temper allowing its four main characters to play off each other and explore their individual dynamic as each represents a different segment on the wheel of good and evil that is e"
Curse of the Golden Flower (2006)
"While the film looks beautiful and the cinematography and staging by Xiaoding Zhao is as magnificent as ever, Curse of the Golden Flower is the weakest of the class (like being the worst student at Yale)."
Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
"Little Miss Sunshine is an example of a very nicely done small movie about family that is content and secure enough to deliver everything in a simple, straightforward way, all while being silly and implausible."
Little Children (2006)
"Little Children is a fable, complete with a full throated narrator and Aesopesque moral. It teaches its lesson almost like one that would be taught to children - with extreme scenarios and exaggerated characterizations."
Catch a Fire (2006)
Half Nelson (2006)
The Last King of Scotland (2006)
"Sunshine is the definitive Jewish Experience movie. Beautifully told with heartbreaking eloquence, it is mandatory viewing if one intends to understand what it means to be a Jew living in the world."
"In Payne's overarching triumph, Sideways is a sensitive, to the point of disturbing, expose of love....love that can blossom with that high school hallway sweetness even in the withered garden of midlife."
Exit Wounds (2001)
15 Minutes (2001)
Atlantis - The Lost Empire (2001)
Meet the Parents (2000)
The Mexican (2001)
The Believer (2002)
"The underlying premise of The Believer is simple and understandable to any one of us who have grown indifferent to many of the teachings we accepted with such naiveté, such open hopeful hearts throughout our early education."
Divine Intervention (2003)
"Elia Suleiman is a talented man who made a striking film to voice the sorrows of his people and there are sorrows to be lamented, but his film is drawn from an ugliness and intellectual dishonesty that besmirches any lesson that could possibly be extracte"
Foreign Sister (Ahot Zara) (2003)
The Shape Of Things (2002)
"Go see The Shape of Things, a peculiarly acted, nasty caper, and decide for yourself whether we are being set up by LaBute with a manipulative device or if he is speaking to our frailties and telling truths."
"When the Daum's return from Israel, in one of the most impactful scenes, the boys sit with their maternal grandfather, an old wrinkled Jew with a short white beard, and ask him why he never tried to contact the Polish farmer who selflessly saved his life."
Before Sunset (2004)
The Passion of the Christ (2004)
Little Jerusalem (2006)
"The film, which means well in its attempt to touch on Kantian philosophy, racial divides, sex and orthodoxy, and secularism versus religion, manages to insult each one of these heavy subjects by not giving any of them the serious, thoughtful attention the"
When Do We Eat? (2006)
"even with all the strange impractical goings on, as with all in this recent string of popular entertainment culled from authentic orthodoxy, there are moments of sheer breathtaking joy that elevate the spirit of a Jew by speaking to their core. "
Seres queridos (2006)