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Nora Lee Mandel

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
7/10 No Score Yet My Italian Secret: The Forgotten Heroes (2015) " For the impact of the Holocaust on Italy. . .fills in a gap with personal stories and return visits of Jews who were hidden. . . and about the extent of collaboration. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Mar 31, 2015
5/10 75% Cupcakes (2015) " Comic froth makes a few gentle jabs, but feels more like same triumph of be-true-to-thyself mantra of "Glee" with predictable romance and similar family conflict resolutions. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Mar 31, 2015
7/10 92% The Wrecking Crew (2015) " Pays fond tribute to the musicians who were behind so much of the rock 'n' roll soundtrack of boomers' lives [as] an insiders' memoir . . . in loose, not chronological edit. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Mar 22, 2015
7/10 25% Kidnapping Mr. Heineken (2015) " Strong class consciousness, a thriller [and] character study of men quixotically driven to a desperate act [with] chases through picturesque Amsterdam and intense...ensemble. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Mar 16, 2015
8/10 74% Deli Man (2015) " More than just a nostalgic meal at shrinking number of genuine Jewish delis in N.America, latest delicious foodie doc where restaurants illuminate ethnic/national cultures. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Mar 6, 2015
7/10 90% The Hunting Ground (2015) " Indignant and impassioned, mostly manages to get behind the headlines and ahead of the news on the issue of sexual assaults on campuses, but lacks clear legal context. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Feb 28, 2015
9/10 99% Timbuktu (2015) " Passionately humanistic as poetic, an urgent and timely portrait. . .of Sufi Muslim culture and everyday life antithetical to the extreme fundamentalist definition of Islam. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Feb 13, 2015
10/10 100% GETT: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (2015) " Forcefully crystallizes juxtaposition of hypocrisy, cynicism, frustration and absurdity when a woman is forced to abide ancient rules. . . caught in colorful and funny tales. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Feb 13, 2015
9/10 99% Selma (2015) " Their camaraderie and the heated arguments capture the essence of the personalities and issues. . .in a large and impressive ensemble of African-American character actors. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Jan 11, 2015
8/10 76% Beloved Sisters (2015) " Beautiful historical drama passionately depicts political, social, cultural revolutionary fervor sweeping 18 century Europe inspires 2 women to find ways around restrictions. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Jan 10, 2015
8/10 84% Watchers of the Sky (2015) " Moves beyond outrage at singular atrocities. . .to credit Lemkin's prescience in demonstrating difficulty in identifying genocide, to stop it, and meting out punishment. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Dec 9, 2014
8/10 No Score Yet Iris (2015) " Warmly reveals Iris Apfel is more than her owlish glasses. . .Followed for a year+. . . Maysles's legendary cinema verité technique is most effective at watching her shop. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Nov 15, 2014
7/10 98% Citizenfour (2014) " Central absorbing act is Snowden like never before-- a human being in cinema verité close-up. . .Poitras's style . . .is intimate aesthetics . . .within the eye of the storm. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Oct 25, 2014
8/10 93% Diplomacy (2014) " How can it be suspenseful when we know Paris survived? Because Schlöndorff's opened-up play adaptation showcases two mesmerizing actors reliving how individuals make history. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Oct 25, 2014
7/10 50% Life's a Breeze (2014) " Set amidst long unemployment lines, Daly freshly finds the heart within the slapstick and social criticism when he focuses on the oldest and younger generations. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Oct 5, 2014
8/10 81% Tracks (2014) " Wasikowska throws herself into embodying the feisty Davidson. . .with insight into her drive and connection with animals, indigenous people, and the kindness of strangers. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Oct 5, 2014
9/10 97% Keep On Keepin' On (2014) " Intimately catches what is rarely seen on film: how a dedicated mentor can patiently pass on a lifetime of insights to a protégé and how the teacher benefits from the student " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Oct 1, 2014
91% Art and Craft (2014) " There is nothing illegal in his puffery, though clearly gift horses really should be looked in the mouth for better authentication and not waste staff time or museum space. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Sep 16, 2014
9/10 78% The Green Prince (2014) " Spy thriller derring do. . is exciting and reenactments are high level. . . charismatic tellers of unusual partners deep in human intel gathering with fraught moral dilemmas. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Sep 12, 2014
5/10 59% My Old Lady (2014) " Exploration of lasting impact of mothers and fathers who selfishly put desires over children produces a satisfying result. . .until romantic lives get tangled too familiar. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Sep 9, 2014
7/10 95% Last Days in Vietnam (2014) " First-person accounts put audience into gripping you-are-there Saigon, April 1975. . .When it sticks with those with no political investment, testimonies are quite moving. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Sep 1, 2014
7/10 62% May In The Summer (2014) " Refreshingly normal middle-class family in modern Amman and diversity of people give the familial dynamics added interest for a rare and lovely, if mild, view from Jordan. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Aug 29, 2014
7/10 89% Calvary (2014) " Devilishly satirizes charming Irish comedies. . .With a wallop, we ponder what would happen to such a cinematically quaint town and genre when its last moral center is gone. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Aug 15, 2014
7/10 No Score Yet Silenced " Legit whistleblowing? Delves deep into heavy personal and professional cost, emotional and financial. . .Strong in verité unfolding, weak in overly melodramatic reenactments. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Aug 4, 2014
9/10 96% 1971 (2015) " Real-life Oceans 11 plays out as political thriller with eerie timeliness in exposure of a 40-year-old mystery. Shadowy reenactments are suspensefully credible and effective. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Aug 4, 2014
8/10 80% Regarding Susan Sontag " Insightful contrasts between . . .a fierce public persona of independence and the emotional compromises of a woman in the throes of passionate and erotic love. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Aug 4, 2014
7/10 72% Point and Shoot (2014) " Curry honestly reveals the lines that VanDyke kept crossing, from motorcycle daredevil, citizen journalist, enabler of preening guys with guns, to gonzo revolutionary. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Aug 4, 2014
9/10 57% Finding Fela! (2014) " Talking honestly about. . .revolutionary life on and off stage. . .entertaining and musically and politically informative portrait of a man, an African and world music icon. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Aug 1, 2014
9/10 90% The Kill Team (2014) " Engrossing. . .stunningly tragic. . with difficult moral decisions of peer pressure and whistleblowing . . .Wrenching film dramatically personalizes "just following orders". " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Jul 25, 2014
8/10 81% A Master Builder (2014) " Enthralling deflation of archetypal egotistical artist, with delicious irony from his perspective. . .Urgent hand-held intimacy, 360-degree close-ups dispense stagey feel. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Jul 24, 2014
7/10 100% Nas: Time Is Illmatic (2014) " Sets the historical context. . . presented in a terrific oral history by seminal producers and local fans. . . to track-by-track videos with a formulaic closing. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Jul 21, 2014
8/10 90% Closed Curtain (2014) " Repression in Iran emphatically intrudes on imagination, as real life of . . . Panahi. . .The ocean keeps serving as constant ironic contrast to a restricted space and life. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Jul 9, 2014
7/10 80% Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger (2014) " Soberly shifts emphasis to collateral damage and police corruption even as colorful characters with rich Boston accents and their crimes almost overwhelm the larger story. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Jul 3, 2014
8/10 87% Exhibition (2014) " A house is not only a living and work space for a woman, but a reflection of her thoughts and emotions. . . as she slowly adjusts to life change through intriguing images. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Jul 3, 2014
7/10 76% The Last Sentence (2014) " Exposes iconic anti-Nazi Swede's feet of clay-- a tangled personal life. Nuanced character study is a challenge to conventional portraits of heroism and challenging to watch. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Jun 23, 2014
7/10 84% Violette (2014) " Unevenness is Leduc's between sophistication and naiveté, yet this is a candid tribute to how her and Beauvoir's idiosyncratic partnership promulgated a frank literature. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Jun 23, 2014
7/10 65% The Rover (2014) " Despite familiar cinematic tropes of post-civilization, grim and violent emphasis of desolation and destruction make this a thrilling road trip through outback's near future. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Jun 23, 2014
9/10 100% Burning Bush (2014) " Beyond the history, keeps the focus intensely on the intimate and personal impact and political repercussions for those on all sides of Communist authoritarianism. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Jun 16, 2014
8/10 72% A Coffee in Berlin (2014) " A day in the life of a slacker beautifully reveals old, new, amusing, and ironic contradictions in changing Berlin. His past and the city's keep seeping through the present. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Jun 15, 2014
5/10 77% Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2014) " Amidst constant name-dropping, testimonials, and testosterone-fueled preening are some good examples of how Gordon succeeded for 40 years as a manager in entertainment biz. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Jun 11, 2014
5/10 54% Citizen Koch (2014) " Too bad they didn't turn a grudge [against PBS] and resulting freedom into a more hard-hitting documentary that would more effectively prove their points. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Jun 6, 2014
6/10 73% Burt's Buzz (2014) " Laconically recognizes his deal to be a symbol as latest reinvention of himself. Equally charming and annoying, his quirkiness and stubbornness play to the company's benefit. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Jun 6, 2014
7/10 92% Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case (2014) " Intimate portrait of a stubborn artist. . .demonstrates the power of government control to inflict disruptive stress, the power of art to transform repression into optimism. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted May 15, 2014
7/10 100% God's Horses (2014) " Years-long grooming provides explanatory social context. . .in how marginalized kids . . .get caught up in organized violence to get a sense of control over powerless lives. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted May 15, 2014
9/10 96% Ida (2014) " An exquisitely beautiful road trip through the emotional consequences of exposing Poland's expedient secrets and denials. . . conveyed through very expressive faces. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted May 3, 2014
8/10 73% The German Doctor (2014) " This thoughtful thriller takes a fresh look, through a girl's eyes, at a mystery usually treated in a more lurid style . . .of how Nazis hid in plain sight in Argentina. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted May 2, 2014
9/10 95% 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 67% 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
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