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Friday, July 20, 2018
Two dramatic Jewish-themed films will be screened in July in Boca Raton and Delray Beach . "Righteous," a 2016 Polish drama based on a true story about a Jewish orphan who was hidden during the Holocaust by a Polish couple, will be screened on July 11 at 1 p.m. at the Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center's Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center in...
There is an ethical sweetness on display in the film The House of Tomorrow, written and directed by Peter Livolsi and based on the novel by Peter Bognanni, possibly because the ideas and behavior are based on ideas expressed by architect, philosopher, dreamer, Renaissance man, Bucky Fuller. In the scenic land of the Midwest, possibly Minnesota, two sixteen year old boys/budding...
A poster of “When the Smoke Clears,” a new film produced and recently released by Jerusalem U.
The latest film produced by Jerusalem U, “When the Smoke Clears: A Story of Brotherhood, Resilience and Hope,” has screened in 50 Jewish communities around the United States this month, culminating in PTSD Awareness Day on June 27. “By confronting daily and ongoing challenges, the soldiers work to rediscover meaning in their lives while coping with the challenges of their injuries...
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Paul Aken operates the Platen Press Museum which is located, appropriately enough, in Mt. Zion, Illinois.  Although it is coincidental, the religiously themed name of Aken’s city harkens back to the primary use of movable type after it was invented in Germany in 1439 by Johannes Gutenberg: It was used to print the Bible, which up to then had...
School of Rock now on stage at the Civic Theatre
I know my day is coming. I hope it’s coming. I’m pretty sure it’s coming. The movie School of Rock is what really put actor Jack Black on the A-list of actors. More importantly, it spawned actual Schools of Rock featuring lessons, workshops and camps with locations in San Diego, Encinitas, Oceanside and Temecula. Rob Colletti plays Dewey, a shlubby everyman who dreams of being something more....
Are you stuck in your own reality, or can one ever escape it?  That appears to be the burning question in Nancy, a film written and directed by Christina Choe.  Nancy, convincingly played by Andrea Rigaborough, is a friendless, unhappy thirty-five-year-old woman.  She lives with a demanding mother.  She just survives on temp office work.  To escape her unhappy environment,...
Two protesters display a placard under the statue of Christopher Columbus at the Columbus Circle in New York on October 9, 2017, calling for the removal of the statue. Credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
Buy a box of popcorn, find a seat, and then sit back and let your mind relax into Entertainment Land, where you forget about this troubled world for an hour or two. If that’s your idea of a perfect night at the movies, you’ll probably wish to skip “The Fight of Our Lives: Defeating the Ideological War Against the West.” But...
Mountain is a tribute to the power and fascination mountains have had over us mere mortals since the beginning of time. It is a Screen Australia production, produced and directed by Jennifer Peedom.  The film provides gorgeous visuals of mountains in twenty-two countries throughout the world.  The music which accompanies the film is provided by the Australian Chamber Orchestra.  The...
SAN DIEGO – Wrestling Jerusalem is a rather incredible one-man show, now filmed, in which writer and actor Aaron Davidman, in some 22 vignettes over 93 minutes, portrays the complexities, hardened positions, anger, sadness, frustration, fervor, poignancy, and, eventually, hope that characterize Israelis and Palestinians in the seemingly never-ending dispute.  Because of its intensity, the movie is almost as exhausting to...
RBG, the documentary about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, directed and produced by Betsy West and Julie Cohen exposes a quiet, ladylike, and very persistent revolutionary.  She was a strong advocate for gender equality and women's rights, meaning she would represent men who were discriminated against as well as women.  Besides being a professor at Rutgers School of law and Columbia...

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