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Mark Papers

Mark Papers is a made-up name, obviously. No one's parents are that cruel. In Mark’s spare time, he marks papers, which is why he doesn't actually have any spare time.


Ready Player One

How do we know which world is real and which is fake?

Spider-Man and the Jews

Just keep climbing.

16 Thoughts I Had While Watching Moana

Tough experiences don’t have to stop you. In fact, they’re not meant to stop you. They’re meant to make you stronger for later.

Sixteen Things I Learned Watching Doctor Strange

13. If you’re taking a book, don’t just steal one page. Librarians hate that.

Captain America: Civil War

I’ve always wondered – what’s so bad about taking revenge? Now I know.

Zootopia

It’s human nature to be fearful of those who are different. As Jews, we’ve learned that lesson all too well.

The Good Dinosaur

You have nothing to fear, but fear itself.

Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation

The Jewish People’s mission, should we choose to accept it, is the Torah.

Ant-Man

It’s hard to keep track of ants. They’re tiny and they’re everywhere. Like the Jewish people.

Inside Out

Pixar’s new movie is about why we cry. But don’t worry, there’s a happy ending.

Avengers: Age of Ultron

If we don’t pass our traditions down to our children, then all the intelligence is just artificial.

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Mathew Vaughn’s new film has at its core the message that “Manners maketh man”. Or, to put it into Jewish terms, “Manners maketh mensch.” A surprisingly fitting Purim message.

Mockingjay Part I

For a nation fighting a war, how do they get like minded people in the other parts of the world to support them? It’s not the justness of their cause. It’s how well they can manipulate the media.

Interstellar

Christopher Nolan’s new film had me thinking about parenting and that most of the time when our parents are ON our backs, it’s because they HAVE our backs.

John Wick

John Wick is not a good guy. But he shows that he has the potential to be better – which makes him just like the rest of us.

The Maze Runner

The maze is like Yom Kippur. It prepares you for what lies ahead.

X-Men: Days of Future Past

The new X-Men movie wipes the slate clean and fixes the mistakes of the past. It’s about time.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Today’s Spider-lesson: Who is powerful? One who conquers his bad inclination.

The Lego Movie

Do you want an argument for the existence of God? Watch The Lego Movie.

Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The new installment of the Hunger Games trilogy teaches us a lesson about Hanukkah.

Gravity

The Torah is like gravity. It keeps us grounded.

White House Down

For nearly two thousand years, our Temple has been destroyed -- or “down” – yet we have managed to survive.

Monsters University

Life doesn’t always work out how you planned. And that’s a good thing.

Are They Listening?

Has anyone who’s against the NSA’s policy of phone and email tapping come up with a better way to find terrorists?

Iron Man 3

Tony Stark has a message for the Jewish people just in time for Shavuot.

Oblivion

What if all of your memories disappeared? Would you still long for the past?

Dark Knight Rises

Unfortunately, tragedies happen. But we must rise again and find a way to grow.

The Amazing Spider-Man

Do you have to solve your own problems before helping others with theirs?

Brave

Don’t go for the quick fixes even though the longer ones, well, take much longer.

The Dictator

Dictators around the world hate the State of Israel. Here’s why.

The Avengers

There’s an important lesson about the power of the Jewish People.

The Five Year Engagement

Nicholas Stoller’s new comedy about dating periods that seem to go on without end, highlights a troubling trend.

Hunger Games

The new film has me thinking about Passover.

Chronicle

Josh Trank’s new film asks the question what would a teenager do if he had superpowers? Short answer: trouble.

Mission Possible

Tom Cruise’s new movie shows us that nothing is impossible.

The Muppets

Are The Muppets a metaphor for the State of Israel?!

Tower Heist

Brett Ratner’s new film has a timely message for the “Occupy Wall Street” movement.

The Change Up

Living the life of a wild bachelor may look fun, but it won’t give you the greatest gift of being a parent -- nachas.

Horrible Bosses

As bad as your boss may be, at least you have one…

X-Men: First Class

We should all be proud of our inner “mutant.”

Paul

In Gregg Mottola’s new movie, Paul, the friendly alien, is feared simply because he’s different. As Jews, we can identify with that.

The Adjustment Bureau

George Nolfi’s new film starring Matt Damon has me thinking about fate versus free will.

The Green Hornet

If you think that the Green Hornet looks like a mindless action movie, you’d be unfairly judging a book by its cover. Or a movie by its poster.

The Fighter

Mark Walberg’s new film isn't about boxing. It’s really about family.

Tangled

What would your life be like if you lived forever?

Megamind

Everyone needs meaning. Even villains.

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