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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)...

Lisa Bonet, Lenny Kravitz, Zoe Kravitz

Jewish celebrities: Call of the Wild, streaming update and Rick Moranis is back

By Nate Bloom, Special to the Jewish Light February 27, 2020

At the movies: Something wild “The Call of the Wild,” which opened last Friday, is based on the famous 1903 novel by Jack London. It’s the story of Buck, a very big dog whose idyllic life in Northern California ends when he is stolen and transported...

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.

‘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 Jojo Rabbit.  

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...

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...

Joaquin Phoenix as John Callahan and Jonah Hill as Donnie star in ‘Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot.’  

On screens big and small, and on the soccer field

By Nate Bloom, Special to the Jewish Light July 19, 2018

At the Movies: Opening soon “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot,” is based on the true-life story of the late John Callahan (JOAQUIN PHOENIX, 48. Phoenix’s mother is Jewish and he identifies as a secular Jew). Callahan’s severe alcoholism...

The Artist staring Jean Dujardin, left, as George Valentin and
Bérénice Bejo as Pepper Miller.

Holiday season delivers films for every taste

By Cate Marquis, Special to the Jewish Light December 21, 2011

With kids on winter break and Hollywood delivering some of the year's likely Oscar contenders, now's a great time to take in some movies. Films for everyone abound this time of year. While many excellent ones such as "The Descendants" and "My Week with...

Jewish Film Festival short film competition

December 7, 2011

The St. Louis Jewish Film Festival is beginning the second year for its Short Film Competition and is soliciting new and established filmmakers who want to participate. The deadline for letters of intent is Feb. 24, with an entry fee of $10. The contest...

‘To Be Heard follows the lives of three teenagers living in the
Bronx and struggling to empower themselves through a Power Writing
poetry class at their high school.

Film Fest features 3 must-see documentaries

BY LILY SIWAK, JUNIOR, CLAYTON November 9, 2011

Every November, St. Louis is home to one of the most celebrated film festivals in America. The St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) is an annual event that was started in 1992 to present and promote films to advance filmmaking as an art form....

Columnist Lois Caplan

Is Jewish Film Festival an oxymoron?

By Lois Caplan May 11, 2011

Is Jewish Film Festival an oxymoron?  It seems to me that movies are to Jews what Rogers and Hammerstein were to American musical theater.  Take, for example, early movie producers like Louis B. Mayer and Carl Laemmle as well as numerous stars like...

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