Nora Lee Mandel

Nora Lee Mandel

Agrees with the Tomatometer 83% of the time.

Publications:
Film-Forward.com
Critics' Group:
New York Film Critics Online
Total Reviews:
407

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
9/10 100% Manakamana (2014) " As exotic the locale, stunning the view, foreign the dress or accents, this intense and fascinating look at the pilgrims beautifully exposes their humanity." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Apr 20, 2014
6/10 70% A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power And Jayson Blair At The New York Times (2014) " Looking closely at journalism today makes it look like messy sausage making, similar to the legislative process the press criticizes. . . fostering an enabling environment." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Apr 11, 2014
7/10 85% Two Lives (2014) " The gradual unraveling of [a woman's] identity is suspenseful and sympathetically reveals the true pain of being an abused pawn of the losing sides of history." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Apr 11, 2014
7/10 83% The Unknown Known (2014) " Rumsfeld enjoys the volleying to easily stonewall with a sly grin and sleights of semantics, a dazzling performance by the consummate wily politician. . .Morris is no match." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Apr 2, 2014
9/10 99% The Missing Picture (2014) " Creatively relives Cambodian holocaust and surmounts the storytelling problem intrinsic to retelling horrors. . . in 1st-person narration with unusual visual illustration." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Apr 1, 2014
7/10 91% Kids for Cash (2014) " Adds considerable behind-the-headlines insight . . . despite the frustrating blank holes that are filled with rage against the machine of injustice." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Feb 28, 2014
8/10 89% Omar (2014) " Fresh take on thrillers and Romeos-and-Juliets set along the Israel/Palestine security wall. . . imbues a social consciousness in a mystery containing an intimate secret." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Feb 22, 2014
8/10 97% The Last of the Unjust (2014) " Lanzmann conducts no dry ethics lesson here-it is made of flesh, blood, ghosts, and a fascinating man for the audience to finally judge." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Feb 7, 2014
5/10 38% Mars At Sunrise (2014) " Attempts to bring experimental cinema to the Israeli occupation and has flashes of innovative success amidst didacticism, confusing imagery [and] Suliman's powerful scenes." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Feb 7, 2014
8/10 63% Generation War (2014) " Sweeps away most WW2 clichés Americans usually see in movies. . .Key tragedy here is Nazis' dragging down their country by refusal to face reality on the front and at home." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Jan 15, 2014
9/10 95% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) " Pitch-perfect tribute to a moment and place at cusp of cultural change from POV of one stubborn man doomed to be passed by. . .brought to life by the charismatic Oscar Isaac." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Dec 8, 2013
5/10 85% At Berkeley (2013) " A teaching lesson in the thoughtful strengths and the frustrating weaknesses of Wiseman's fly-on-the-wall, observational-over-time technique of documentary filmmaking." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Nov 8, 2013
8/10 79% Aftermath (2013) " Intense thriller exposes the corrosive effect of collective silence and lies over decades. . . Dramatic cinematography keeps contrasting lovely landscapes with nasty doings." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Nov 3, 2013
9/10 100% The Square (2013) " [E]ngrossingly captures a portrait of society in throes of consciousness-raising. . .what makes this stand apart is the participation of a Muslim Brotherhood youth organizer." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Oct 28, 2013
8/10 94% After Tiller (2013) " Wrenching portrait of life and death decisions where even the definition of "life" is emotionally laden for doctors and pregnant women considering abortion." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Oct 25, 2013
5/10 68% American Promise (2013) " Raising and educating middle-class African-American boys is seen first-hand, cinema verité style, over 9 years in fitful, occasionally insightful, and intimately revealing." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Oct 18, 2013
9/10 78% Camille Claudel, 1915 (2013) " Strong feminist interpretation to tragic thwarted creativity. . .Binoche fiercely embodies extraordinary woman working to act normal surrounded by abnormal and [no] freedom." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Oct 18, 2013
5/10 8% CBGB (2013) " Warm gloss of nostalgia over the rise of the punk music scene in gritty 1970's downtown New York. The spirit of musical and visual energy outweighs fanciful superficiality." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Oct 13, 2013
7/10 75% Out in the Dark (2013) " Intense intimate look beyond tragic premise of Romeo & Romeo across Israel/Palestine wall. . . Suspense thrillingly builds to options the lovers have [for] romantic optimism." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Oct 11, 2013
7/10 48% Zaytoun (2013) " Visually operatic street scenes, panoply of characters, Dorff brusque to paternal, talented ensemble of Palestinian/Israeli-Arab actors [make] this crossing worth traveling." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Oct 11, 2013
8/10 64% Herb & Dorothy 50x50 (2013) " A superhero sequel worth seeing. . . [It's a] treat is to see the Vogels [as] active donors [and] how museums have experienced the impressive impact of their unique vision." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Oct 5, 2013
7/10 93% Mother Of George (2013) " Frustrations one family faces between tradition and assimilation, freedom and obligation, success and personal fulfillment feels as movingly universal as culturally specific." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Sep 21, 2013
7/10 99% Wadjda (2013) " Charmingly promotes a quiet revolution in Saudi Arabia through the point of view of the rebellious 10-year-old girl to make. . .a balanced, humanistic story." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Sep 21, 2013
6/10 61% My Father and the Man in Black (2013) " A strong story without the reconstructions. . . son/director could have trusted the powerful audio-visual material. . . instead of overplaying the reenactments and narration." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Sep 19, 2013
7/10 89% You Will Be My Son (2013) " Headed by a pungent patriarchal performance by Arestrup. . . in beautiful vineyards. . .how far ambition trumps family ties is unpredictable. . .into a tense tale of revenge." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Aug 21, 2013
8/10 86% The Patience Stone (2013) " Mesmerizing Farahani. . . makes for a very tense film. . .Even with cultural specificity, soberly demonstrates the cruel impact of oppression on women any place, any time." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Aug 17, 2013
7/10 54% Lovelace (2013) " Second half . . .pops the party balloon. . .Seyfried's sensitively convincing and sympathetic performance helps rebalance the record towards Linda's trauma and redemption." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Aug 14, 2013
7/10 93% Our Children (2013) " Challengingly takes the anti-CNN approach to a horrific crime, as upsetting . . . in trying to make the unfathomable credible. . .the film is nuanced and thoughtful." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Aug 13, 2013
5/10 52% When Comedy Went to School (2013) " Sometimes rises above schmaltzy nostalgia to become an informative, entertaining history of the stand-up comic. Worth watching are the personal perspectives of legends." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Aug 12, 2013
6/10 98% Blackfish (2013) " Engrossing when offers alarming CSI-type forensic analysis into the death of a whale trainer [but] the narrow focus on SeaWorld raises more questions that aren't considered." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Jul 27, 2013
7/10 93% Still Mine (2013) " The poignancy is somewhat predictable, but still tenderly moving and dignified . . . James Cromwell gives his familiar character considerable gravitas." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Jul 19, 2013
8/10 86% Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013) " Thrilling epic true story of the Sikh who surmounted the horrors of 1947 violent partition. . .via Bollywood catchy music and dance, featuring a terrific central performance." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Jul 19, 2013
6/10 62% Israel: A Home Movie (2013) " Counters myths and official views, [with] the unusually frank look at the changing perceptions of the indigenous Palestinian population, before and after independence." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Jul 13, 2013
7/10 85% Dirty Wars (2013) " [C]onnects how the celebrated successes and piecemeal scandals about the global war on terror fit into an alarming U.S. military policy. . [but] gets confusingly repetitive." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Jul 4, 2013
5/10 77% How To Make Money Selling Drugs (2013) " Conclusion of how much time each dealer served and how they successfully beat their addictions is less convincing than their nostalgic remembrances of their bad old days." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Jul 4, 2013
7/10 99% 20 Feet From Stardom (2013) " Following Fisher and Hill verité style on their busy days freshens the nostalgia. . . Informative and entertaining, gives well-deserved r-e-s-p-e-c-t. No auto-tuning or dubs." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Jul 1, 2013
8/10 94% A Band Called Death (2013) " Still sounding amazingly fresh, the brothers' good spirits and storytelling are as infectiously appealing as their punk rock seems to be a fountain of youth" — Film-Forward.com
Posted Jun 28, 2013
7/10 87% The Attack (2013) " [T]urns from pointed social criticism into an absorbing mystery. . . that departs from stereotypes. . .to become a gripping political thriller and a disturbing warning." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Jun 26, 2013
7/10 83% Aliyah (2013) " Refreshing portrait, mostly free of idealism, religion, and stereotypes, of how a troubled, secular young Parisian struggles. . .to change his life. . . [but] seems passive." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Jun 21, 2013
8/10 82% Shadow Dancer (2013) " Themes ripped from today's headlines lend "The Troubles" of Northern Ireland very tense, sobering, contemporary immediacy. . . Riseborough [is] mesmerizing at first sight." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Jun 14, 2013
7/10 100% More Than Honey (2013) " Philosophical rumination on the past, present, and future of those who raise them. . . the busiest workers in agriculture (filmed up close). . .and learn from killer bees." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Jun 14, 2013
7/10 88% Fill the Void (2013) " Will they or won't they? Burshtein draws out emotional communication by secular actors, setting them amidst extras from the Orthodox community for convincing mise en scène." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Jun 10, 2013
8/10 89% Hannah Arendt (2013) " Forceful portrayal by Sukowa humanizes an intellectual whose persona is remembered as grim as her philosophical observations. . . without her key controversial claims." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Jun 10, 2013
7/10 74% Augustine (2013) " Hand-held camera gives contemporary realism amidst the historically correct costumes and surroundings. . .[but] feminist iconography . . .makes the phenomenon seem a charade." — Film-Forward.com
Posted May 19, 2013
7/10 —— Cape Spin: An American Power Stuggle (2013) " Just when you're either confused or made cynical by everyone's hypocrisy. . .optimism lifts the critical view to an unusually thoughtful perspective on environmental issues." — Film-Forward.com
Posted May 19, 2013
6/10 67% State 194 (2013) " The efforts of these cock-eyed optimists are worth being seen so they won't be forgotten under the usual media onslaught of the louder preventers of peace." — Film-Forward.com
Posted May 19, 2013
8/10 95% Stories We Tell (2013) " Polley imaginatively fills in the past through a hybrid of documentary and fiction [for] knowing relevance to oral history, testimonial evidence, and what makes a family." — Film-Forward.com
Posted May 19, 2013
9/10 68% Renoir (2013) " Accompanying the spirited muse of two Renoirs, a gorgeous immersion into nature, family, love, and art in the Côte d'Azur during the summer of 1915." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Apr 6, 2013
8/10 79% Ginger & Rosa (2013) " Fanning heartbreakingly expresses hurt with seemingly with every fiber of her being. Her family implodes as much as the world seems about to during those 13 days in October." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Apr 6, 2013
9/10 79% No Place On Earth (2013) " Curious mystery unfolds with enthralling suspense amidst harrowing details and astonishes in this unique story that's an insightful tribute to the power and spirit of family." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Apr 5, 2013
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