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St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

Cristin Milioti and Andy Samberg star in “Palm Springs.”

Members of the Tribe on the screen and on the field

By Nate Bloom, Special to the Jewish Light July 16, 2020

The Peacock spreads its wingsThe new Peacock network, an offshoot of NBC, premiered for wide audiences on July 15. Certain cable company customers were already getting Peacock with their subscription. Now everyone can see some of the shows (with ads)...

PICTURED LEFT TO RIGHT: Judd Apatow directed and co-wrote “The King of Staten Island.” Pamela Adlon and Pauline Chalamet co-star. Liz Garbus directed the documentary “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark” premiering on HBO June 28.

New releases on video-on-demand, streaming services

BY NATE BLOOM, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT June 18, 2020

Stars of David — Jewish CelebritiesThe Firefighter’s Son and More“The King of Staten Island” was diverted from theaters to video-on-demand and premiered on June 12 to mixed reviews. Directed and co-written by JUDD APATOW, 52, it stars Pete Davidson...

Victor Garber 

At the movies and streaming online

By Nate Bloom, Special to the Jewish Light November 21, 2019

Stars of David — Jewish CelebritiesMovies and streaming“Charlie’s Angels” which opened last Friday and is based on the ‘70s TV series, follows two previous “Angels” feature films. The gimmick in this one is that the private agency that employs...

Scarlett Johansson (with Sam Rockwell, left, and Roman Griffin Davis) stars as a loving German mom in

‘JoJo Rabbit’ mocks Hitler in child-centric satiric fantasy

By Cate Marquis, Special to the Jewish Light October 31, 2019

Mel Brooks has said, at various times and in various ways, the best way to get back at Hitler is to ridicule him, and Brooks certainly did exactly that in his comedy “The Producers.” Now New Zealand-born  director/writer/comedian Taika Waititi takes...

Scarlett Johansson (with Sam Rockwell, left, and Roman Griffin Davis) stars as a loving German mom in

Coming to a theater near you

By Nate Bloom, Special to The Jewish Light October 24, 2019

At the movies “The Current War: Director’s Cut” is about the corporate battle that pitted Thomas Edison (1847-1931) against George Westinghouse (1846-1914) and Westinghouse associate Nikolai Tesla (Nicholas Hoult). After inventing the first commercially...

Dan Bern

Songwriter finds humor in darkness

Eric Berger, Associate Editor October 3, 2019

Much has changed in the 18 years since singer-songwriter Dan Bern, who is Jewish, released his first album with his backing band, the International Jewish Banking Conspiracy.When he came up with the name of the band, Bern said, he took inspiration from...

Edward Coffield

An inside look at NJT’s new season; St. Louis art notes

By Ellen Futterman, Editor September 26, 2019

Play timeFew Monday mornings start off as chill as a coffee date with Eddie Coffield, artistic director of the New Jewish Theatre. We got together at Colleen’s in Clayton to talk about the new NJT season, the first one he officially put together. Of...

Sam Zvibleman (center) with stars and co-creators Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle. Photo: Alex Lombardi for AwesomenessTV

St. Louis native co-creates Emmy-nominated show

By Eric Berger, Associate Editor September 12, 2019

When Sam Zvibleman was a middle school student at Parkway Central in the 1990s, friends put up signs like, “Brant loves Alison,” or “Sam loves Michelle.”The declarations were not genuine but rather from friends trying to make one another laugh....

New Mirowitz Center Has Class(es) and More

New Mirowitz Center Has Class(es) and More

JEWISH LIGHT EDITORIALS September 12, 2019

From tai chi to senior ballet, knitting to mah jongg, Jewish learning to movies old and new, the classes at the Mirowitz Center at Covenant Place are a welcome addition to the services and experiences the center is offering to St. Louis seniors — not...

Adam Driver stars as Flip Zimmerman and John David Washington as Ron Stallworth in Spike Lee’s ‘BlacKkKlansman.’  

Humor, horror masterfully mix in Spike Lee’s ‘BlacKkKlansman’

By Cate Marquis, Special to the Jewish Light August 9, 2018

Simply put, “BlacKkKlansman” is one of Spike Lee’s best, a film that is smart as well as hilarious. The story is based on the strange but true story of a black police officer who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in the late 1970s and became a card-carrying...

Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon star as best friends unwittingly involved in an international conspiracy in the comedy ‘The Spy Who Dumped Me.’  

Mila Kunis’ spy comedy; celebrity nuptials; now streaming

By Nate Bloom, Special to the Jewish Light August 2, 2018

At the Movies: Opens Aug. 3“The Spy Who Dumped Me” is an action/thriller and a comedy. Audrey (MILA KUNIS, 34) and Morgan (Kate McKinnon), are best friends and roommates. Audrey has a bad break-up with her boyfriend (Justin Theroux) and then he completely...

Lazer Lloyd

Lazer-like focus on music’s power to unify

By Eric Berger, Staff Writer August 2, 2018

Lazer Lloyd, a blues-rock guitarist who lives in Beit Shemesh, Israel, doesn’t give short answers — even to seemingly simple questions like, “Do you describe yourself as Jewish?”“Well, I mean, I personally observe Shabbat, and I am trying to...

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