| Jun 17, 2013
| 1:41 PM
Some heavy lifting took place on Sunday night at American Jewish University’s Gindi Auditorium, when Bodytraffic performed excerpts from its 2009 work, “Transfigured Night.” One of three pieces on a shared bill with L.A. Dance Project,...
| Jun 11, 2013
| 7:30 PM
Theodor Adorno's oft-quoted, much misunderstood remark, "It is barbaric to write poetry after Auschwitz," raises questions about the ability of artists to represent the Holocaust. How can the cultural tools that were complicit in genocide comment on its...
| Mar 31, 2013
| 9:43 AM
There is nothing especially frightening about Room 350 at the Standard Hotel on the Sunset Strip. It overlooks the pool, with colorful mod décor pleasantly bathed in bright window light. Inside, documentary filmmaker Rodney Ascher is prepared to discuss...
| Jun 9, 2013
| 7:00 AM
How does one make a movie about thought?
That was the dilemma noted German director Margarethe von Trotta faced when she began work on her latest film, "Hannah Arendt," which opened June 7.
The biopic reunites Von Trotta with actress Barbara Sukowa,...
| Apr 3, 2013
| 8:30 AM
17th Mandell JCC Hartford Jewish Film Fest
April 4-15, hjff.org.
Two documentaries are the highlights at the 17th Annual Mandell JCC Hartford Jewish Film Festival, which will be bringing 21 films related to Jewish culture and history to theaters...
| Apr 4, 2013
***1/2 (out of four)
Perhaps you won’t buy every theory in “Room 237,” a documentary collecting several extensive analyses of Stanley Kubrick’s take on Stephen King’s “The Shining”—a movie no one’s...
| Apr 2, 2013
| 6:00 PM
NEW YORK — On a cramped stage at the Cherry Lane Theatre, a historic off-Broadway venue tucked away on one of the quaintest streets in the West Village, Vanessa Redgrave is offering her costar Jesse Eisenberg an education not even the world's finest...
| May 31, 2013
| 2:36 PM
Anti-Semitism is on the rise throughout the world, according to a report by the State Department, which is taking the increase so seriously it's appointing a special envoy to monitor the rise.
The increase was revealed in the department's annual...
| May 24, 2013
| 12:24 PM
Were early Christians really persecuted for their beliefs? The popular image is of them being thrown to the lions and having to meet in secret, but an author is challenging what she calls the "myth" of Christian persecution.
Candida Moss, who is...
| May 19, 2013
| 3:00 AM
CANNES, France -- Few independent directors have won as many plaudits for their visual inventiveness as Ari Folman. Five years ago, the Israeli first-timer came to Cannes and caught the film world’s attention with his combat piece “Waltz...
| Nov 15, 2012
*** (out of four)
Fifty-year-old former rock star Cheyenne (Sean Penn) still dresses like The Cure’s Robert Smith and can’t tell if he’s bored or depressed with his mundane life in Ireland with wife Jane (Frances McDormand). His...
| Jan 21, 2013
| 3:52 PM
The story of Skokie and the way it rallied a community, a region and a state to stand up to the racism of neo-Nazism is told once again in a new documentary that takes a fresh look at old wounds.
Last week, the film, “Skokie: Invaded But Not...