AJFF Recommends: What to Watch in August

08/2/2019

A documentary about a venerated newsman, a former AJFF pick, a new thriller based on a bestselling novel, and more are featured in this month's edition. 

In Theatres

Mike Wallace is Here 
This documentary, which relies solely on archival footage, is as much about the venerated Jewish former 60 Minutes reporter as it is about the evolution of broadcast journalism. The well-received film premiered recently at the Sundance Film Festival.

Tel Aviv on Fire 
Recently featured as part of AJFF Selects, this audacious, big-hearted satire follows a soap opera writer who finds himself caught in the crossfire of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Best Israeli Film winner at the Haifa International Film Festival.

Video on Demand

The Operative 
Based on the novel The English Teacher, by Yiftach Reicher Atir, a former intelligence officer, the film follows Diane Kruger as Rachel, an undercover Mossad agent. When Rachel decides to abandon her mission in Tehran, her former handler has to intervene before more trouble occurs for her and the Israeli government. 

Meet the Parents
Jewish male nurse, Greg (Ben Stiller) faces off against his prospective and formidable new father-in-law Jack (Robert DeNiro). As Greg's hope to impress Jack escalates, so, too, does the accidental harm he renders in his girlfriend's childhood home. 

Robin Hood: Men in Tights
This Mel Brooks musical adventure comedy heavily lampoons prior Robin Hood films while offering a new spin on the cherished legend. With an all-star cast, including a memorable cameo from Brooks as Rabbi Tuckman, a parody of Friar Tuck, the film, though not beloved by critics, has still become a cult favorite over the years. 

Blu-Ray & DVD

Avengers: Endgame
Now the highest-grossing film of all time, the film is the direct sequel to 2018's Avengers: Infinity War and the 22nd film in the Marvel Universe, featuring numerous characters by Jewish comic book icon Stan Lee. The film also featured Lee's final cameo appearance among the characters he created, which include: Spider-Man, Thor, Black Panther, Ant-Man, Black Widow, Iron Man, Captain Marvel and so many more. Both films, Infinity War and Endgame, were shot back-to-back at Pinewood Atlanta Studios.