Catcher in the Rye

J.D. Salinger captured adolescence's anxiety, defiance and desperation for identity and love.

Unplugged

The Jewish people have been “unplugging” once a week for millennia.

Up in the Air

Jason Reitman’s new film got a bunch of well-deserved Golden Globe nominations, but it is also a little depressing.

The Princess and the Frog

Despite the magic, it is character that prevails.

Avatar

Surprisingly, James Cameron’s new blockbuster taught me a lot about myself.

Bungle In the Jungle

Delving into Jethro Tull's song on life.

Scrooge Season

Mankind should be our business.

This Is It?

Michael Jackson’s farewell movie is a hit, but it also provokes some difficult questions.

Bernie & The Godfather

Two contemporary morality tales convey the same important message.

Diary of a Wimpy Writer

Do you know what your child is reading?

SuperJews

Here they’ve come to save the day...Jews in the comic industry.

A Serious Man

If only the Coen brothers were serious.

Julie and Julia

Meryl Streep's new film reminded me to chew my food a little longer, and enjoy it a little more.

It’s A Wonderful Life

The film's powerful Rosh Hashanah message.

Moving on UP

The film "Up" teaches a lesson about not being afraid of life's new challenges.

Star Trek and God

Sci-fi fun often ignores the tough questions about human existence.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to God

You need to find the right question for the answer to make sense.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

This well-meaning book ends up distorting the Holocaust.

The Soloist

Reporter Steve Lopez thought he found a story in Nathaniel Ayers. What he really found was a friend.

Inglourious Basterds

Quentin Tarantino's new movie made me wonder what Jewish "vengeance" should look like.

Defiance

How the Bielski Partisans built a village amidst the Nazi death machine.

Alexander and the Jews

The pivotal scene that you won't see in any movie sets the stage for the story of Chanukah.

The Passion: A Historical Perspective

Mel Gibson's film fits comfortably within the history of Christian anti-Semitism.

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