1. A Stranger Among Us – An exteriorly tough female New York City copy goes undercover among a group of Hasidic Jews to find murderer. She lives in the home of “the rebbe” and quickly learns to appreciate the Hasidic lifestyle – and one particular young Jewish talmud scholar – who is engaged to a woman he has never met.
PG-13 , 109 minutes, Stars: Melannie Griffith, Eric Thal
2. The Chosen – Critically acclaimed drama exploring friendship between two Jewish boys, one reformed and one Hasidic, whose lives take different paths in 1940s Brooklyn. Appeals to fans of intelligent, cerebral relationship studies seeking nuance, history-flavored character portraits.
PG, 107 minutes, Stars: Robby Benson, Barry Miller