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LIVE BLOG: The Oscars with Zach Helfand and Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks

LIVE BLOG: The Oscars with Zach Helfand and Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks

February 9, 2020

This page is being updated throughout the Oscars awards ceremony by Opinion Editor Zach Helfand and Editor-in-Chief Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks. Cli...

The Nine: Short reviews of the 2020 Best Picture nominees

The Nine: Short reviews of the 2020 Best Picture nominees

February 9, 2020

Below are short reviews of all nine movies nominated in the Best Picture category of this year’s Academy Awards, by Boiling Point editors. Winners will ...

New play explores trauma’s impact across generations and cultures

New play explores trauma’s impact across generations and cultures

January 8, 2020

The Holocaust is arguably the most common subject and setting of Jewish art. Eight Nights, written by Jennifer Maisel and directed by Shalhevet’s own thea...

Jojo Rabbit:  Sparks of love in a world of hate

Jojo Rabbit: Sparks of love in a world of hate

December 15, 2019

After sitting through an opening scene featuring at least 10 “Heil Hitler”’s, few would expect a film that evokes uncontrollable laughter and tears....

REVIEW: Making violence funny in Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’

REVIEW: Making violence funny in Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’

October 13, 2019

Comic relief is a popular way of alleviating pain or lightening the intensity of violence in films. But generating laughter while displaying gruesome and...

‘Shazam’ spins a superhero fantasy into an appreciation of chosen families

‘Shazam’ spins a superhero fantasy into an appreciation of chosen families

May 29, 2019

Kids feel less important than adults. Kids are shorter, not as strong, and not as powerful. If a kid were suddenly given all the size, strength and power...

Not just her initials: Skirball exhibit explains why RBG is ‘notorious’

Not just her initials: Skirball exhibit explains why RBG is ‘notorious’

March 5, 2019

When considering the achievements of history’s greatest social reformers, it’s easy to say that they were simply destined to achieve greatness and ch...

Amos Oz, father of Israeli fiction, dies at 79

Amos Oz, father of Israeli fiction, dies at 79

March 1, 2019

“When I was little, my ambition was to grow up to be a book. Not a writer,” Amos Oz wrote in A Tale of Love and Darkness. “People can be killed...

The Eight: Short reviews of the 2019 Best Picture nominees

The Eight: Short reviews of the 2019 Best Picture nominees

February 24, 2019

Below are short reviews of all eight movies nominated in the Best Picture category of this year’s Academy Awards. They were compiled by Acting Arts ...

South Korean boy band BTS speaks for – and to – a generation

South Korean boy band BTS speaks for – and to – a generation

November 18, 2018

Role models are necessary in the chaos of our everyday lives, a stool we step on to constantly reassure ourselves of success and happiness. But what does...

Heartfelt and funny, cultures clash in ‘Crazy Rich Asians’

Heartfelt and funny, cultures clash in ‘Crazy Rich Asians’

September 13, 2018

This story won a Best of SNO award. Hollywood has seen shake-ups recently of some of its most formulaic film genres when the element of race is int...

Skirball’s ‘Visions and Values’ exhibit is a journey through all of Jewry across all of time

Skirball’s ‘Visions and Values’ exhibit is a journey through all of Jewry across all of time

May 17, 2018

It should not have been surprising to find each room opening onto another at an exhibit that promised to cover the span of all of Jewish history, culture...

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