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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...

REVIEW: With cast and plot, ‘Black Panther’ leaps over Hollywood barriers

REVIEW: With cast and plot, ‘Black Panther’ leaps over Hollywood barriers

March 5, 2018

The world has seen many superhero movies. Black Panther is much more. The 18th movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe -- a series of movies based on Marvel comic ...

LIVE BLOG: The Oscars with Sadie Toczek and Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks

LIVE BLOG: The Oscars with Sadie Toczek and Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks

March 4, 2018

This page is being updated throughout the Oscars awards ceremony by BP Lifestyles Editor Sadie Toczek and Features Editor Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz B...

THE NINE: Short reviews of the 2018 Best Picture nominees

THE NINE: Short reviews of the 2018 Best Picture nominees

March 2, 2018

  Below are short reviews of all nine movies nominated in the Best Picture category of this year's Academy Awards by BP Features Editor Jacob Joseph Lef...

REVIEW: In ‘Ladybird,’ a teenager finds clarity in an old genre made new

REVIEW: In ‘Ladybird,’ a teenager finds clarity in an old genre made new

February 26, 2018

imdb.com The classic coming-of-age story, known as abildungsroman, has been written and rewritten throughout history, its name coined in the late 18th ...

At the Skirball, a writer’s tale is told in art

At the Skirball, a writer’s tale is told in art

November 1, 2017

Walls of the Skirball Cultural Center are lined with works by 35 of the most important and famous artists in post-revolutionary Mexico. But what holds...

REVIEW: Sliding doors, sliding stereotypes in Season 4 premiere of ‘Broad City’

REVIEW: Sliding doors, sliding stereotypes in Season 4 premiere of ‘Broad City’

September 18, 2017

It’s nothing new in Hollywood for Jews or Jewish culture to be the object of comedy, as in bar mitzvahs or men wearing peyot used as a demeaning punch...

Strands of Jewish culture wind together at The Braid

Strands of Jewish culture wind together at The Braid

April 25, 2017

By Tobey Lee, Staff Writer Located in a small business park in Santa Monica, the Braid is an art gallery that contains just eight works of art on topics...

In ‘I Am Not Your Negro,’ words of James Baldwin describe the past to illuminate the present

In ‘I Am Not Your Negro,’ words of James Baldwin describe the past to illuminate the present

April 13, 2017

I Am Not Your Negro is a documentary film focusing on the views of acclaimed writer James Baldwin, 1924 - 1987, using his treatise, unfinished at his death, titled Remember This House. The book was aimed at explaining the struggles of black Americans using the lives of three of his friends, Martin Luther King, Malcom X and Medgar Evers, three major civil rights activist who were assassinated.

‘Edge of 17’ breaks ground but is not groundbreaking

‘Edge of 17’ breaks ground but is not groundbreaking

December 5, 2016

The New York Times said it took teenage movies to a “higher place.” Time Magazine applauded how perceptively it “dealt with teenage sex, and maybe even with sex in general.” And the Atlantic called it an “instant teen classic.”

‘Denial’ maps a journey through lies on the road to truth

‘Denial’ maps a journey through lies on the road to truth

November 28, 2016

“No holes, no Holocaust,” shout newspaper headlines that historian Deborah Lipstadt reads as she jogs through the streets of London. Reading the specious phrase, she stumbles. It is clear that she grasps how easily a well-phrased opinion can replace history.