Golda is one of at least two biopics this year featuring non-Jewish actors wearing prosthetics to portray Jewish people. The immediate background going into Golda: Egypt, Syria and Jordan surprised Israel on Yom Kippur in 1973 with an attack on the Sinai Peninsula and the Golan Heights. Fighting would last 19 days and the U.S. would step up with ceasefire talks. The war would leave devastating ramifications for Golda’s legacy. In 1974, Golda would testify…"Golda: No Amount of Makeup Prevents Biopic From Being a Letdown"
Wes Anderson has done it again with his newest ensemble comedy, Asteroid City, releasing in theaters following its Cannes premiere. Anderson is one of those filmmakers that you either love or you don’t. I had an enjoyable enough time that I look forward to diving into the bonus features for the home release. Anyway, Anderson takes the audience to a fictional city in the American Southwest in 1955. To say that it is a small…"Asteroid City Is A Classic Wes Anderson Film"
While Anne Frank’s story will be forever known thanks to her diary, A Small Light focuses on the woman who helped the Franks, Miep Gies. “I don’t like being called a hero, because no one should ever think you have to be special to help others. Even an ordinary secretary or a housewife or a teenager can turn on a small light in a dark room.” – Miep Gies (Bel Powley) Anne Frank’s story has…"A Small Light Puts The Focus On Miep Gies"
The world premiere of The Conspiracy at DOC NYC could not be more timely with antisemitism at its highest levels in several years. To say that this film is not enjoyable or entertaining would not be an understatement. However, it is essential that as many people watch this film–now more than ever. I’m not sure how many other DOC NYC films I’m getting to because of my schedule this month but I made sure that…"The Conspiracy: An Animated Film About Antisemitism – DOC NYC 2022"
Kate & Leopold, the fantasy rom-com starring Meg Ryan and Hugh Jackman, still holds up just over twenty years after its 2001 release. It’s hard to imagine a time in which Hugh Jackman didn’t receive first billing. Aside from the X-Men films, that is. But let’s travel back in time to 2001 during such an era. After working opposite Billy Crystal and Tom Hanks in a number of popular romantic comedies, Meg Ryan acts opposite…"Kate & Leopold Still Holds Up After 20 Years"
Lindsey Vonn: The Final Season is a documentary that profiles greatest female skier during her final season in the sport. She entered the season with a goal of 87 World Cup victories but because of injuries, she finished with 82. It’s nothing to complain about because Vonn currently holds the women’s record in skiing. One can only imagine that she would have finished with north of 90 victories if she didn’t miss much of the…"Lindsey Vonn: The Final Season"
Defiance depicts an epic tail of survival in Eastern Europe during the Shoah where the Bielski brothers choose between fighting or surviving It’s summer 1941 and the Bielskis turned to the woods in what is now Belarus. But at the time, Stankevich was under Soviet control. They don’t really have much of a choice here. It’s either fight to survive in the woods or otherwise be doomed to certain death. Tuvia (Daniel Craig) is the…"Defiance: The Bielskis’ Epic Fight For Survival"
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse features many surprises and prevents the superhero genre from going stale by injecting a fresh bite. This is one of the biggest films of the year in which I suggest going in completely cold. It means not reading reviews or watching trailers until after seeing the film. I say this because we’re not without the typical surprises. However, some of this comes by way of the voice roles not provided in…"Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse"
With a film that pays homage to Japanese cinema, Wes Anderson has done it again with the crowd-pleasing stop-motion animated feature, Isle of Dogs. Isle of Dogs is as much the story of Chief (Bryan Cranston) and Spots (Liev Schreiber) as it is 12-year-old Atari Kobayashi (Koyu Rankin). Although it left him in a three-year coma, Atari had survived an accident while his parents perished. He was left as a ward to his uncle, Mayor…"Isle of Dogs: Wes Anderson Does It Again"
Goon: Last of the Enforcers suffers from sequelitis in that it’s not quite as great as the first film but it’s still one that is fun to watch. Directed by Jay Baruchel from a screenplay written by Baruchel and Jesse Chabot, the sequel stars Seann William Scott, Alison Pill, Marc-André Grondin, Wyatt Russell, Callum Keith Rennie, Jason Jones, with Jay Baruchel, with Elisha Cuthbert, Kim Coates, and Liev Schreiber. This is the feature directorial debut…"Goon: Last of the Enforcers not as fun as Goon but still fun"