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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 May 11, 2012/ 19 Iyar, 5772

Summer movies: the dark horses

By Barry Koltnow




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) Let's play a game.

I'll describe a movie, and you tell me which season you think it will open in theaters?

For instance, if I said "Meryl Streep portrays Eleanor Roosevelt," you would say: "Oscar season."

See how easy that was?

Here's today's brain-teaser: A 70-mile-wide asteroid is hurtling toward Earth, and the world will be destroyed in three weeks.

If you answered: "summer movie season," you would be correct.

But "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World" is not your typical apocalyptic summer movie. First, there are no scenes of asteroids hurtling toward Earth. Second, the White House is never shown blowing up. Third, there are no aliens in the movie. In fact, there are no special effects at all.

Finally, there isn't even a climactic scene in which Bruce Willis and a group of heroic astronauts save the planet.

The movie, written by first-time director Lorene Scafaria, is a black comedy with serious overtones, starring Steve Carell and Keira Knightley as neighbors who set off on a road trip in a desperate attempt to find the meaning of life before Earth's annihilation.

Doesn't sound like a summer movie, does it? Sounds more like a September movie.

The strategy behind the movie's June 22 opening is called counter-programming. Despite the big box-office numbers expected for movies like "The Dark Knight Rises," "Men in Black 3" and "The Amazing Spider-Man," there will be room for smaller movies to find an audience. Adults like to go to the movies in the summer, too.

This week, it's time to put the spotlight on the dark horse films, which could have a shot at planting roots among the giant Redwoods.

1. "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" (May 4) — Director John Madden ("Shakespeare in Love") couldn't find any talented actors so he had to settle for Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Tom Wilkinson. We're kidding, of course.

2. "Girl in Progress" (May 11) — Eva Mendes as a single mom. If you don't like reality-based films, you have the option of "Dark Shadows," Tim Burton's ode to funny vampires.

3. "What to Expect When You're Expecting" (May 18) — Five women, including Elizabeth Banks and Brooklyn Decker, face impending motherhood while looking ravishing.

4. "Moonrise Kingdom" (May 25) — The latest from quirky director Wes Anderson. Or you can go see "Men in Black 3."

5. "Peace, Love & Misunderstanding" (June 8) — Jane Fonda plays a hippie grandmom living on a farm. Not exactly "Barbarella."

6. "That's My Boy" (June 15) — Yet another Adam Sandler comedy, In this one, he plays a dad who is reunited with the son he hasn't seen in years. His son is Andy Samberg. Seriously.

7. "Rock of Ages" (June 15) — It might be worth the price of admission to watch Tom Cruise finding his inner rock star.

8. "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World" (June 22) — The first-time director also wrote it, and she previously wrote the screenplay for the quirky "Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist," which introduced much of the world to Kat Dennings, who is now on the CBS comedy "Two Broke Girls."

9. "To Rome With Love" (June 22) — Woody Allen intends to do to Italy what he did to France in "Midnight in Paris."

10. "Magic Mike" (June 29) — If I just told you that it was about male strippers, you might pass on this movie. But what if I told you it stars Channing Tatum, and was directed by Steven Soderbergh? I thought you might be interested.

11. "People Like Us" (June 29) — A man has the task of delivering his deceased father's fortune to a sister he's never met. This is another Elizabeth Banks movie.

12. "Savages" (July 6) — Oliver Stone directs a drama about a war between pot growers and a drug cartel.

13. "Ted" (July 13) — You've heard of a boy and his dog? Well, this is the story of a man and his teddy bear. The comedy stars Mark Wahlberg, and was directed by Seth MacFarlane.

14. "Neighborhood Watch" (July 27) — When I say it's a comedy starring Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill, do you really care what it's about?

15. "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days" (Aug. 3) — What's a wimpy kid to do in the summer after school lets out? It's a problem for the ages.

16. "Hope Springs" (Aug. 10) — After 30 years of marriage, Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones look for hope and renewal in a weekend counseling retreat.

17. "The Campaign" (Aug. 10) — Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis are staunch political rivals in a tense, but funny election campaign.

18. "Sparkle" (Aug. 17) — Whitney Houston's last film. She not only is one of the stars, but was an executive producer of this remake of a 1976 film about a '60s girl group. "American Idol's" Jordin Sparks is one of the singers.

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Previously:

Lindsay, Ashton, Kim --- are they kidding?
Readers pick their favorite baseball movies
Our 10 favorite baseball movies
The most over-hyped movies of 2012
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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