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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review March 30, 2012/ 7 Nissan, 5772

The most over-hyped movies of 2012

By Barry Koltnow




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) A movie is about to open in theaters that will change your life.

It is the biggest, most important, most exciting and most anxiously awaited movie in the history of cinema.

It will alter the way Hollywood makes movies. It is the coolest movie in years, and the hottest movie in decades.

It will be described in movie ads as "Spectacular!" and "Life-affirming!" No one will ever be the same after watching it.

It is unlike any movie you've ever seen, and it will be unlike any movie you ever will see.

Wait; now that I think of it, nothing I've said is true.

They weren't lies, mind you. Nobody lies in Hollywood. They exaggerate. It is widely understood that when you're selling a movie, any amount of exaggeration is acceptable. It is a business of make-believe, so selling the business is made up.

This month, the biggest movie of all time is "The Hunger Games" . It will be the biggest movie of all time until the next biggest movie of all time opens. And that will be followed by another biggest movie of all time.

People who run Hollywood have trouble grasping the concept of subtlety.

They believe that they must exaggerate the importance of their movies, or you won't go to see them.

They insist that if they ran a quote with their ad that said something like "A nice little movie that you might find entertaining for about two hours," you will stay home.

Instead, they encourage unethical movie critics to hype their movies in exchange for invitations to all-expenses-paid movie junkets in New York, Beverly Hills and London. It is a cozy relationship that is as old as the Hollywood Hills.

As a result, we have a calendar filled with the biggest movies of all time, and no nice little movies that you might find entertaining for about two hours.

This column loves nice little movies, but we live in the real world of make-believe, and therefore acknowledge the existence of a never-ending supply of the biggest movies of all time.

It's gotten so confusing for the average movie-goer that it's hard to tell one biggest movie of all time from another biggest movie of all time.

What moviegoers need is a guide to the biggest movies of all time, which we prefer to call The Most Over-hyped Movies of 2012.

—"The Hunger Games": Based on Suzanne Collins' futuristic trilogy, it is hyped to be the next "Twilight" film series for a certain prized segment of the population. It stars Jennifer Lawrence, fresh off her Oscar-nominated role in "Winter's Bone" (and the bluish Mystique in "X-Men: First Class"), as a teen named Katniss who takes her younger sister's place in a deadly government-sponsored competition.

—"The Dark Knight Rises": This is seen by some as the anti-"Hunger Games." There are fanboys who can barely contain themselves waiting for this to open in July. This is the final chapter in director Christopher Nolan's take on the Batman legend, after "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight." That second movie made more money than almost any movie ever made that didn't involve a sinking ship or a race of blue aliens. And that is not hype.

—"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey": Who could possibly care about this Middle-earth prequel, except for a few fans of director Peter Jackson and the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy? OK, I may have under-sold that number a bit. There probably are only a few billion boys of all ages who care about this one.

—"The Amazing Spider-Man": Honestly, I don't get it. But then, I have never thought of making money as a motivation for anything. Not satisfied with making billions of dollars on the original Spidey franchise, the studio is inexplicably (MONEY) dredging the poor superhero out of the tar pits and resurrecting him into a new franchise. This time, it's in 3-D, of course, and Andrew Garfield replaces Tobey Maguire, but he's not hooking up with Kirsten Dunst. Emma Stone plays Spidey's love interest Gwen Stacy.

—"The Avengers": If you think of Marvel Comics as a Las Vegas buffet, brunch will be served on May 4. Seriously, the gang's all here — Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk, Thor and even the Black Widow. If you liked last summer's "Captain America," you'll at least understand what this movie is about.

—"Men in Black 3": If 10 years have passed, and you still can't think of something original, slap a number on the title and make another sequel.

—"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2": You either must see it, or you'd rather have root canal work.

—"Dark Shadows": It's the perfect storm of must-see wackiness — Barnabas Collins, Johnny Depp and Tim Burton. You can't hype this too much.

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Previously:

The 10 worst best pictures ever
The greatest Oscar acceptance speech NEVER given
The worst biopics ... ever
20 celebrity questions that must be answered in 2012
The Golden Globes are meaningless
The 10 Most Annoying Celebrities of 2011
The funniest comedy teams
Fake celebrities ignite real controversy
Hollywood: Stop spoiling our movies
Mob expert reveals his favorite gangster flicks
Good riddance, Harry Potter
The coolest car movies ever made
Our favorite teacher movies
Are women funny?
Our special snarky summer movie guide
The 10 most pressing show biz questions
Readers weigh in on the royal wedding
The royal wedding: I don't get it
Readers reach verdict on lawyer column
Our favorite lawyer movies ever
Readers pick their worst Oscar winners
The 10 worst best pictures ever
25 hit-man movies to die for
The 10 greatest sidekicks ever
The 10 biggest celebrity missteps of 2010
Who's cooler than Steve McQueen? (Answer: nobody)
The best revenge movies ever
The good old days, when celebrities weren't train wrecks
Making sport of celebrities
Youth will be served? Don't give me that trash!
A celebrity answer is no answer at all
Caution: geniuses at work



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