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St. Louis Jewish Light

 Actress Jenny Slate as Big Nose in Everything Everywhere All at Once. Source: Twitter.

Does Oscar frontrunner film smell of antisemitism?

Alan Zeitlin, Jewish News ServicePublished February 2, 2023

(JNS) More than 80 years ago, Disney’s “Pinocchio” won two Oscars. Another film with a hefty nose is a pundit- and bettings-site favorite for this year’s Best Picture, although its proboscis has drawn criticism for antisemitism. Early on in...

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Here’s what’s playing at this year’s St. Louis Jewish Film Festival

Published February 2, 2023

The selections have been made, the films have been ordered and now it's time to watch them all. The 28th Annual St. Louis Jewish Film Festival is set to begin March 12 and run through March 16. This year, the festival will return in-person and will be...

St. Louis Jewish Film Festival moving to new location

St. Louis Jewish Film Festival moving to new location

Published January 24, 2023

The St. Louis Jewish Community Center – The J will host the 28th Annual St. Louis Jewish Film Festival from March 12 – 16. This year, the festival will return in-person and will be held for the first time at the Marcus Des Peres Cinema. The festival...

(from left) Producer Kristie Macosko Krieger, co-writer/producer/director Steven Spielberg, Seth Rogen, Julia Butters, co-writer/producer Tony Kushner, Keeley Karsten and Sophia Kopera on the set of The Fabelmans. (Merie Weismiller Wallace/Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment)

Spielberg’s ‘Fabelmans’ earns 7 Oscar nods, WWI epic with anti-Nazi past gets 9

Andrew Lapin, JTAPublished January 24, 2023

(JTA) – “The Fabelmans,” Steven Spielberg’s autobiographical drama about his Jewish upbringing, had an expected strong haul of Oscar nominations, picking up seven nods Tuesday morning. A remake of a movie once targeted by the Nazis, a blockbuster...

Adolf Eichmann’s trial was missing a crucial piece of evidence: a tape of his confession. Photo by Wikimedia Commons

In ‘The Devil’s Confession,’ Adolf Eichmann hangs himself with his own words

By PJ Grisar, The ForwardPublished January 19, 2023

This story was originally published in the Forward. Click here to get the Forward's free email newsletters delivered to your inbox. When you call your film The Devil’s Confession: The Lost Eichmann Tapes, you’re announcing a judgment less measured...

Rick Stack co-produced the documentary “In the Executioner’s Shadow.

St. Louis native co-produces documentary looking at death penalty ‘In the Executioner’s Shadow’

Bill Motchan , Special to the Jewish LightPublished January 15, 2023

Missouri gained national attention Jan. 3 when Amber McLaughlin became the first transgender woman executed in the United States. In early February, another execution is scheduled in Missouri, one of 29 states with the death penalty. Rick Stack, a Jewish...

In Netflix’s ‘You People,’ Jonah Hill is a Jewish guy who finds love with a Farrakhan follower’s daughter

In Netflix’s ‘You People,’ Jonah Hill is a Jewish guy who finds love with a Farrakhan follower’s daughter

Andrew Lapin, JTAPublished January 5, 2023

(JTA) – Were Jews the “OG slaves”? Can American slavery be compared to the Holocaust? And who gets the last word on Louis Farrakhan? These questions have spurred very serious debates over time — and now will be getting a raunchier take in the...

How the neighborhood featured in Crossing Delancey’ has changed since 1988

How the neighborhood featured in Crossing Delancey’ has changed since 1988

Published December 23, 2022

(New York Jewish Week) — The classic and very Jewish 1988 film “Crossing Delancey” is one of those movies that feels both extremely of its time and also completely timeless.  Director Joan Micklin Silver’s film has all the classic rom-com...

Ava Gardner. Image: Public domain

How Ava Gardner found her home in a Jewish milieu

By Benjamin Ivry, The ForwardPublished December 21, 2022

The actress Ava Gardner, whose 100th birthday is celebrated Dec. 24, was more than just the alluring star of such films as Show Boat, The Barefoot Contessa and Mogambo. Born to a North Carolina Baptist family of impoverished sharecroppers, Gardner...

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Why ‘The Sound of Music’ matters, even after 50+ years

Ellen Futterman, Editor-in-ChiefPublished December 21, 2022

Sunday night I did something I don’t often do these days. I watched a movie — with commercials — on “regular” TV. It happened to be “The Sound of Music,” one of my all-time favorites, which clocked in at four hours on ABC. I realize I could...

Distant Cousins—the popular Los Angeles-based band featuring former Blue Fringe frontman Dov Rosenblatt, Moshav’s Duvid Swirsky and singer-songwriter Ami Kozak—

Band places impressive song in impressive Hanukkah film

By Alan Zeitlin, JNSPublished December 21, 2022

(JNS) The latest entry to the ever-growing musical category of “modern Hanukkah songs” has arrived. Distant Cousins—the popular Los Angeles-based band featuring former Blue Fringe frontman Dov Rosenblatt, Moshav’s Duvid Swirsky and singer-songwriter...

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A surprisingly long list of Jewish actors in Christmas movies

Evelyn Frick, Hey AlmaPublished December 19, 2022

As a Jew who grew up in an interfaith Jewish-Christian household, I have seen surprisingly few Christmas movies. Every year on Thanksgiving, my family watches “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “The Grinch” (the original), and for the past 24 years...

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