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SUBTE-POLSKA: memory, vitality and loves from the past

Here’s a wonderful movie (with an off-putting title) that you can ONLY see Sunday in Palo Alto or Wednesday in San Francisco. Subte-Polska is an Argentine gem about a nonagenarian chess master addressing his own memory, vitality and the need … Continue reading

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San Francisco Jewish Film Festival: top picks

the 37th annual San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (SFJFF37), opens this Thursday. The SFJFF is the world’s oldest Jewish film festival, and, with a 2016 attendance figure of 40,000, still the largest. It’s one of the Bay Area’s top cinema … Continue reading

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BEN-GURION, EPILOGUE: in his own words, Israel’s founding leader reflects

In Ben-Gurion, Epilogue, footage from a recently discovered video interview allows us to hear from Israel’s founding leader in his own words. In 1968, David Ben-Gurion was 82 years old and had been retired from public office for five years. … Continue reading

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LEVINSKY PARK: refuge for refugees?

Israel was created as a home for refugees.  What happens when African refugees overwhelm a neglected Tel Aviv neighborhood is the subject of the topical documentary Levinsky Park. Director Beth Toni Kruvant takes us to Tel Aviv’s hardscrabble Hatikva neighborhood,  … Continue reading

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A CLASSY BROAD: “Done. Next!”

The delightful bio-doc A Classy Broad chronicles the amazingly resilient life of Marcia Nasatir, the first woman production vice-president at a major Hollywood studio.   Nasatir is now 91 years old and still pitching movies. Nasatir has lived a singular life.  … Continue reading

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FRITZ LANG: a filmmaker face to face with a real monster

If you’re making a dark crime movie, what better protagonist than Fritz Lang, the creator of the masterpiece M and a founding auteur of film noir?  Fritz Lang imagines Fritz Lang (Heino Ferch) gathering research for M by tracking and … Continue reading

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SUBTE-POLSKA: memory, vitality and loves from the past

Subte-Polska is an Argentine gem about a nonagenarian chess master addressing his own memory, vitality and the need to find closure with his past.  A promising first feature for writer-director Alejandro Magnone, Subte Polska is the sleeper Must See at … Continue reading

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San Francisco Jewish Film Festival: Al Gore in person, plus Hedy Lamarr!

It’s time to get ready for one of the Bay Area’s top cinema events: the 37th annual San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (SFJFF37), which opens July 20, and runs through August 6 at five locations throughout the Bay Area. The … Continue reading

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2016 at the Movies: most fun at the movies

The most fun on this blog this year was the reader reaction to my recommendation of Man Up: I’ve never had so many people thank me for recommending a movie!  This British romantic comedy had a very brief US theatrical … Continue reading

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Movies to See Right Now

In theaters right now: The Japanese domestic drama Our Little Sister is remarkably uplifting. I would seek it out because it’s unlikely to remain in theaters for more than two or three weeks. Zero Days is a documentary on a … Continue reading

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