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:
439

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
7/10 44% 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 95% 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
88% 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 77% 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 58% 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 96% 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
9/10 100% 1971 " 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 No Score Yet 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
7/10 100% 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 59% 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 83% 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 77% 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 83% 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 66% 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 76% 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 95% 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
9/10 100% 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 64% 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 84% 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 91% 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 33% 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 61% 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 94% 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 86% 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 82% 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 70% 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 82% 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
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