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Review: Phyllis and Harold

What steamy secrets lurk behind the curtains of a family home in middle-class Jewish suburbia?
An instant classic
By GERALD PEARY  |  July 23, 2010
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It's a mitzvah

The Maine Jewish Film Festival’s 10th-anniversary brochure is a glossy foldout suggesting a newer, bigger, better festival to come.
To attend the Maine Jewish Film Festival
By KIRAH BROUILLETTE  |  March 14, 2007

Feel-bad cinema

This critic's been carping for decades about feel-good cinema, how lousy it makes me feel, and this year I got the misery I begged for.
Gerald Peary's year in movies
By GERALD PEARY  |  December 21, 2006
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51 Birch Street

Doug Block comes close to poisoning his family interrogation with dreary self-regard and an NPR-ish tone of simpleton obviousness, but the family, as families often do, offer up some prime rib. Watch the trailer for 51 Birch Street
A child discovers his mother
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  November 21, 2006
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Eternal returns

When film festivals are programmed as extensions of life, not merely celebrations of cinema, commerce, or hype, everybody wins.
The Boston Jewish Film Festival celebrates life as usual
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  October 31, 2006
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Fact and fiction and . . .

It’s that time of year again in the City by the Sea, when attention turns from mansions to movie screens.
The whole wide world is on screen at the 9th Annual Newport International Film Festival
By BILL + JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  May 31, 2006


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Sundance kids?

Phooey on the narrative-film judges at Austin’s 13th South by Southwest Film Festival for bestowing awards on suffocatingly conventional movies.
Our man at SxSW
By GERALD PEARY  |  March 31, 2006