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Dancing in Jaffa

Hilla Medalia’s Dancing in Jaffa provides a sharper alternative title for itself. The man whose activities it follows, Pierre Dulaine, says near the documentary’s start that he’s trying to get school children to “dance with the enemy.” These last four words are closer to the point than the blander title that was chosen. The 60ish Dulaine has returned to Jaffa, the Israeli city of his birth, after an almost lifelong absence to offer ballroom dancing classes and a dance competition for both Jewish and Palestinian kids.

Super Duper Alice Cooper

The once and future king of shock rock gets his due in this flashy Canadian documentary. Filmmakers Sam Dunn, Reginald Harkema, and Scot McFayden overuse the “animated photo” technique that has become de rigueur in show-biz docus and include little more than a chorus and verse of some of Cooper’s seminal hits, but despite its cringe-worthy title Super Duper Alice Cooper delivers a potent dose of 1970s nostalgia.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

As far as I know, Yogi Berra never joined his fellow Manhattan icon Ed Koch in taking up a late-life career as a movie critic. But under different circumstances he did provide the perfect tag line for this, the movie kicking off this summer’s megabudget multiplex blockbuster season: “It’s déjà vu all over again.”

Love is in the Air

“This is going to be grim,” moans hung-over lawyer Antoine (Nicolas Bedos) as he seats himself for a flight from New York to Paris. It’s not so much the headache and lack of sleep as it is his seatmate, Julie (Ludivine Sagnier), the woman he hasn’t seen since they broke up three years ago.



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