Tanaya Winder’s extraordinarily ordinary journey
Familiar, funny coming-of-age tale is a tart popsicle amid the summer’s usual sugary offerings
“Orange Is the New Black” on Netflix
Netflix has been making news lately, claiming it is no longer a permanent lending library of films—like Blockbuster used to be. Instead it’s now a television station with a rotating selection of movies and some original content—à la HBO. This is disappointing to those of us who really want access to a permanent lending library of films. But the company’s argument is growing ever more solid as it continues to pump out original content like “Hemlock Grove,” “Arrested Development” and what is looking like its biggest breakout, the edgy comedy “Orange Is the New Black.”
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Matrimonal drama shows off the traditions if not the inner turmoil of ultra-Orthodox Jews
First-time writer-director Rama Burshtein’s moody matrimonial drama Fill the Void takes us into a religious and cultural world so insulated few outside its influence would even recognize it. Shot in Israel among the Haredim (the most conservative of Hasidic Jewish sects), it is a foreign film in every sense of the word.