AJFF Recommends: What to Watch in April

03/29/2016

From the big screen to the small, we have some ideas about what to watch this month. Among our recommendations this month, a satire about Adolf Hitler, a classic fairytale re-told, and a film penned by our innagural Icon Award honoree.

In Theatres

Demolition
Jewish actor, Jake Gyllenhaal, gives a performance Variety calls "his best performance since 'Brokeback Mountain' as a man who refuses to mourn his wife's death." 

Netflix

Look Who's Back
Recently a surprise number one hit in Germany, the film is a Borat-style satire in which Adolf Hitler wakes up to find himself in the 21st century. Check out The Hollywood Reporter's somewhat mixed review, that nevertheless praises the lead actor's performance in the unenviable role of Hitler. The film is based on a satirical novel that also landed on bestseller lists, so after you see the film you can dive a little deeper with the source material.

The Princess Bride
With spring firmly in place, and summer coming up fast, why not revisit one of the ultimate Jewish adventure flicks to kick off a season of lighter fare. Showcasing some of Hollywood's best Jewish talent (Billy Crystal, Mandy Patinkin, Carol Kane and directed by Rob Reiner), it is the heartwarming tale of a grandfather reading his grandson a fairytale, which the audience also sees brought to life. But you knew that already. You had to know that already.

DVD & Blu-Ray

Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Written by AJFF's inaugural Icon Award honoree, Lawrence Kasdan and the latest film in the Star Wars series.

The Revenant
Jewish cinematographer Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki recently won his third consecutive Academy Award for his work on this film, which was shot in freezing conditions, and for which he used only natural light.

Son of Saul
Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film and the story of a Jewish worker at the Auschwitz concentration camp trying to find a rabbi to give a child a proper burial.