From the big screen to the small, we have some ideas about what to watch this month. Among our recommendations is the highly anticipated sequel to Finding Nemo and two films from the 2016 AJFF.
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
The trio behind The Lonely Island, led by Adam Sandler heir-apparent Andy Samberg alongside Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer, became a sensation on Saturday Night Live. Now they present their latest venture, a comedy film starring Samberg as a famous recording artist, Conner4Real, in the latest mockumentary in the tradition of those helmed by the likes of Christopher Guest and Jewish comic Sasha Baron Cohen.
Jewish actor Albert Brooks has long personified, in the majority of his film roles, the anxious Everyman, which translated seamlessly into his portrayal of the loveable clownfish, Marlin, in Finding Nemo. This month, he returns with the rest of the cast from the Pixar classic, this time to help Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), the hopelessly forgetful fish as she sets out to reunite with her mother (Diane Keaton) and father (Jewish actor Eugene Levy). See more about Pixar and the Jewish connection here.
Independence Day: Resurgence
20 years after the first alien attack, Jeff Goldblum, Judd Hirsch (a former AJFF attendee), and most of the original cast return to fight the alien – you guessed it – resurgence, once more.
Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong
A favorite of the 2016 AJFF, the film is a charming fish-out-of-water romance, starring real life couple Bryan Greenberg and Jamie Chung, with stunning visuals and sparkling banter. Writer and director Emily Ting also discussed the film at the festival.
What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy
One of the most popular documentaries of the 2016 AJFF. The descendants of Nazi war criminals confront the wartime sins of their fathers in this bracing and illuminating examination of inherited family shame and denial. The film was also a winner of the Yad Vashem Chairman’s Award for Best Feature at the Jerusalem International Film Festival.
DVD & Blu-Ray
Starring Jennifer Jason Leigh and directed and produced by Jewish uber-auteur Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, the film is an American stop-motion dramedy written by Kaufman based on his 2005 play of the same name.