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The Gatekeepers

Now Playing Synopsis: Filmmaker Dror Moreh offers an intimate look into the Palestinian/Israeli conflict from the perspective of the Shin Bet, Israel's counterterrorism agency. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi Cast: Ami Ayalon, Avi Dichter, Yuval Diskin, Carmi Gillon, Yaakov Peri, Avraham Shalom Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review

Jewtopia

Now Playing Synopsis: A Gentile man pretends to be Jewish to impress the girl of his dreams, enlisting the aid of his Jewish best friend in order to maintain the elaborate ruse in this romantic comedy based on the hit play by Bryan Fogel and Sam Wolfson. Christian O'Connell (Ivan Sergei) and Adam Lipschitz (Joel David Moore) have been best friends since childhood. As Adam begins questioning his decision to marry Hannah (Jamie-Lynn Sigler), Christian falls hard for Alison (Jennifer Love Hewitt), a rabbi's daughter. Having impulsively introduced himself to Alison as "Avi Rosenberg" Christian finds himself in the difficult position of having to maintain his deception with more than a little help from his old pal Adam. But as the lies begin to snowball, it's only a matter of time before both men are faced with making revelations that could throw their love lives into chaos. Jon Lovitz, Rita Wilson, Camryn Manheim, and Peter Stormare co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi Cast: Ivan Sergei, Joel David Moore, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jamie-Lynn Sigler Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review

The Matchmaker

Now Playing Synopsis: A teenager learns some important lessons about love and life one summer in this romantic drama from director Avi Nesher. It's 1968, and culturally Israel is finally letting go of the style and mores of the 1950s as the upheaval of the '60s is beginning to make itself felt. Arik (Tuval Shafir) is a 16-year-old boy with a taste for detective novels who is looking for a summer job. Arik's father introduces him to someone who can put him to work -- Yankele Bride (Adir Miller) is a matchmaker who finds mates for lonely souls, and he gives Arik a job digging up information on potential mates for his clients. Yankele's philosophy is to give people "what they need, not what they want," and he searches for mates for a variety of clients, ranging from a beautiful midget (Bat-el Papura) to a bitter librarian (Dror Kenen). Arik also finds himself falling in love when he meets Tamara (Neta Porat), a girl with a wild streak who is spending the simmer in Haifa. But Arik isn't sure why the matchmaker who is so clearly infatuated with the pretty Clara (Maya Dagan) is still single, and the boy also tries to make sense of some gossip about how Yankele survived the holocaust. The Matchmaker received its North American premiere at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi Cast: Adir Miller, Maya Dagan, Don Navon, Dror Keren, Tuval Shafir, Bat-El Papura, Eli Jaspan, Yael Leventhal, Yarden Bar-Kochva, Neta Porat, Kobi Farag Movie Details Buy Tickets Movie Review

The Hammer

Now Playing Synopsis: A young man struggles to overcome a physical handicap in this drama based on a true story. Matt Hamill (Theodore Conley) was born to a single mother (Susan Gibney), who was told her young son was bright, talented, and entirely deaf. Without a father to rely on, young Matt turns to his grandfather Stanley (Raymond J. Barry) as his male role model; Stanley encourages the boy not to allow his deafness to hold him back, and urges him to take up wrestling. Matt shows tremendous promise as a wrestler, but while the sport helps him build confidence and muscle, he isn't sure how to deal with others, particularly girls. After graduating from high school, Matt (now played by Russell Harvard) attends Purdue on a wrestling scholarship, but he's forced to leave school due to poor grades. However, he has an opportunity to redeem himself when his wrestling skills earn him an invite to the Rochester Institute of Technology, a school with a special program for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. For the first time, Matt has peers who are also deaf, and he befriends his roommate Jay (Michael Anthony Spady) and falls for pretty coed Kristi (Shoshannah Stern). But it's a challenge for the lifelong loner to open up to other people and admit his weaknesses, and he also has to learn a new way of communicating by using American Sign Language after spending his life as a lip-reader. The Hammer (aka Hamill) was based on the life of Matt Hamill, a three-time NCAA wrestling champion who has gone on to become a successful mixed-martial-arts competitor. Due to its subject matter and large hearing-impaired audience, the film was exhibited as Open Caption (with onscreen readable text) in theaters. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi Cast: Russell Harvard, Raymond J. Barry, Shoshannah Stern, Michael Anthony Spady, Courtney Halverson, Susan Gibney, Joseph McKelheer, Eben Kostbar, Rich Franklin, Gavin Bellour, Stephen Dodd, Theodore Conley, Anthony Traina, Lexi Marman, Cory Knauf, Kara Luiz, Lauren Fox, Bob Hiltermann, Sara Fletcher, Gabe Stolt, Rocky Abou-Sakher, Matthew Dickens, James Tristan Moore, Will Kurz, Trevor Gross, Lilly Hisenaj, Avi Rothman, Craig Young, Jason, Bovenzi, Paul Burress Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review

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