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Nora Lee Mandel

Nora Lee Mandel

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
8/10 No Score Yet João Bénard da Costa "A ruminative biography...this dreamy appreciation makes a wider circle of those similarly infected with cinéphilia aware of Bénard's influences, interpretations, and impact. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Feb 1, 2016
9/10 No Score Yet Je suis le peuple (I Am the People) "Unique longitudinal...embed with farm in Nile Valley intimately convinces us that the genie of revolution will not easily be put back in the bottle, even far from the cities. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Feb 1, 2016
5/10 59% The Finest Hours (2016) "Vivid recreations of...high waves and the howl of...winds. . .[But] almost no personality insight on...crews...little technical, geographic, or meteorological background. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Jan 28, 2016
8/10 58% Rabin, the Last Day (2016) "Frighteningly relevant, insightful re-creation of days leading up to that murder is a sophisticated analysis of the ways and means of extremist actions within a democracy. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Jan 18, 2016
8/10 100% Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story (2015) "Strong evocation of the lesser-known bebop jazz scene in segregated L.A., and within San Quentin Prison and emphasis on his prodigious musical talent, make this film cool. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Jan 8, 2016
8/10 95% Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom (2015) "This powerful documentary puts faces and feelings onto distant politics and provides vital background on what's at stake for the people of Ukraine. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Jan 8, 2016
7/10 No Score Yet Within The Whirlwind (2009) "Epic true story . . .one of few films about women political prisoners in totalitarian states and bonds they share, brutalities they face [though] romance saves her life. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Jan 2, 2016
8/10 71% Valhalla Rising (2010) "Brutal, thoughtful, re-envisioning of Vikings. . .A bit ponderous and pompous, powerfully showcases Mikkelsen's non-verbal acting, striking imagery, evocative landscapes. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Jan 2, 2016
8/10 No Score Yet Ultimatum (2001) "Corrosive impact of constantly carrying gas masks and running into sealed gas rooms when air raid sirens blare is very authentically recreated with a multi-national ensemble. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Jan 2, 2016
7/10 40% Tenderness (2008) "Based on less ambiguous YA novel , the teens drive film and portrayals of damaged youth are tense and sympathetic, though their behavior veers too sharply to pathological. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Jan 2, 2016
5/10 17% Red Alert: The War Within (2010) "Broadly uses the universality of melodramatic emotions to overwhelm specifically set moral and violent battles. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Jan 2, 2016
7/10 89% Rashevski's Tango (2009) "Though sometimes the conflicts are too schematic. . .each delightful character is a fully realized person with sympathetic reasons and motivations. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Jan 2, 2016
8/10 64% Raavanan (Villain) (2010) "Very satisfying entertainment for the eyes, ears and heart - mythic romance and action adventure to a throbbing beat. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Jan 2, 2016
5/10 86% Prodigal Sons (2010) "Director makes mea culpa a major theme, pleading that admitting her own selfish priorities as a rationalization, but it is insufficient to counter the intrusive images. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Jan 2, 2016
6/10 73% Payback (2012) "Brings to life serious discussions of philosophical issues through impassioned case studies [but] works too hard for an upbeat ending. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Jan 2, 2016
8/10 86% Ordinary Miracles: The Photo League's New York (2012) "Fond, visually rich doc showcases striking images of New Yorkers in the 1930's - 1940's, and admiringly informs about the committed, enthusiastic artists behind the cameras. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Jan 2, 2016
8/10 55% No. 2 (Naming Number Two) (2008) "May be the first feature about Fijian immigrants, let alone in New Zealand, but its delightful portrait of an extended family can be universally appreciated. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Jan 2, 2016
7/10 86% Korengal (2014) "While much insights are the same. . .now grudging honesty from African-American soldiers on differences [and] barely disguised cultural condescension to native Pashtuns. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Jan 2, 2016
9/10 93% Free Angela & All Political Prisoners (2013) "Fascinating eye-opener that not only brings history alive, but reverberates into today's controversies over guns, government surveillance, racial profiling, and media frenzy. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Jan 1, 2016
6/10 89% Elena (2014) "Unique look at how suicide hurts an entire family. . .But dreamy exploration starts to move into self-indulgence, and comes close to narcissism about being an actress. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Jan 1, 2016
7/10 23% Devil's Knot (2014) "Sound and look are key to atmosphere of ominous inevitability of conviction. . .Admirable for using only local points-of-view. ..Worth seeking out for thoughtful perspective. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Jan 1, 2016
9/10 No Score Yet Sweet Crude (2009) "Extraordinary documentation of how a community is gradually and very reluctantly pushed into violent action in order to be heard. . .Goes beyond just villagers vs villains. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Jan 1, 2016
6/10 95% Crude (2009) "Well shows how a canny public relations campaign is a key part of legal strategy to even up the odds in the court of world opinion. . .But does not get below the surface. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Jan 1, 2016
8/10 62% The Concert (Le concert) (2010) "Delightful, heartwarming . . .blends serious topic with magic realism. . .All are wonderful to watch, even in surmounting some good-natured stereotypes. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Jan 1, 2016
5/10 55% The Company You Keep (2013) "Human connections the actors well establish are more convincing than political messages. . .Much is head-scratching and moral debates are more rueful than thoughtfully deep. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Jan 1, 2016
7/10 No Score Yet Buried Land "Odd, gently mocking quasi-documentary about clinging to . . . mythical heritage to recover from civil war . . .entertainingly insightful without overplaying . " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Jan 1, 2016
5/10 92% Censored Voices (2015) "Tropes of young men shocked to find even a short war is a bloody confused hell are not new, not from this war or others. . . Footage. . . and photos are uncannily spot-on. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Dec 30, 2015
10/10 96% Jafar Panahi's Taxi (2015) "This is not just a powerful lesson in creative determination and censorship defiance but an absorbing look at humanity, full of poignancy and humor. . .Hope lives. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Dec 20, 2015
6/10 93% The Lady In The Van (2015) "England's long tradition of eccentrics and tolerance of their idiosyncrasies. . .is embodied by indomitable Dame Maggie . . .When she's not on screen the film becomes thin. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Dec 4, 2015
5/10 80% Kingdom Of Shadows (2015) "Documentary team's camera is most effective in recording tragic faces. . . Ruiz covers much about the failing drug war that has already been seen with more visceral impact. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Nov 29, 2015
7/10 66% Nasty Baby (2015) "Gentrifying neighborhoods are a timely target for satire. . .pitch-perfect at capturing . . .worst pettiness, condescension, and isolation. . .in their brave new PC world. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Nov 20, 2015
8/10 100% Song Of Lahore (2015) "Timely commentary on clash between conservative Islamic forces vs. traditional culture. More than a feel-good success story of the joys of music as a universal language.. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Nov 15, 2015
7/10 93% Sembene! (2015) "Conventional bio-doc enlivened by personal perspectives and impressive array of footage, photos, archival and intimates' interviews, and film clips. . .Leaves out mentors. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Nov 6, 2015
6/10 94% In Jackson Heights (2015) "Microcosm of everyday life in Queens neighborhood. . .on summer days. . .More screen time is devoted to static speechifying than casual cinema vérité observations. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Nov 5, 2015
6/10 75% Labyrinth Of Lies (2015) "Appeals to new generation by emphasizing the role of consciousness-raised youth in fictionalization of delayed justice. . .[vs] ex-Nazis quietly reintegrated into society. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Oct 29, 2015
5/10 86% Steve Jobs (2015) "Admirable as meticulously constructed piece of theater using real-life figures like billiard balls than for its emotional catharsis or insight into the evolution of a man. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Oct 24, 2015
7/10 98% Heart of a Dog (2015) "[After] her cute canine entry point. . .and "Intro to Buddhism". . .her family memories are stunning dreamscapes through her distant and recent past. . .in multimedia. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Oct 23, 2015
7 59% The Cut (2015) "Bombardment of images resonates from Holocaust films. . .Powerful travelogue visuals almost overwhelm the enormity of Armenian genocide and the cross-continental diaspora. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Oct 9, 2015
6/10 76% Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine (2015) "Gibney stylistically draws on prolific experience profiling narcissistic control freaks obsessed with marketing themselves. . .a more philosophical than investigative search. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Sep 4, 2015
8/10 82% The Iron Ministry (2015) "Seamlessly rides many rails through China to intimately experience sounds, sights, and even smells, alongside restless people on the move through space and economic change. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Aug 22, 2015
6/10 78% Beltracchi: The Art of Forgery (2014) "Calmly explain. . .fraud. . .with go-with-the-flow nonchalance. . .he's proud to have manipulated what he sees as a self-serving business where suspicion is bad for business. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Aug 20, 2015
6/10 67% Brothers (2015) "Bollywood. . .culturally adapted remake of "Warrior". . . to the alleys, waterfront, melodrama, and music of Mumbai. . . is surprisingly moving fraternal bonding. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Aug 19, 2015
7/10 96% We Come as Friends (2015) "Sees Sudan as the epicenter of neocolonial competition between the US and China, and can already see it's about to lead to more war. . .in his pointed political travelogue. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Aug 14, 2015
9/10 100% How to Smell a Rose: A Visit with Ricky Leacock at his Farm in Normandy (2015) "Provides a leisurely, insightful history of documentaries that parallels the filmmaker's biography, done in the style he championed, by Les Blank, who he greatly influenced. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Aug 12, 2015
8/10 68% Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet (2015) "Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet beautifully updates a beloved global classic for modern family audiences, with a dazzling array of animation styles to fill the eyes (and to hold kids' attention). " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Aug 12, 2015
8/10 74% The Kindergarten Teacher (Haganenet) (2015) "You may be perplexed or shocked if you take it literally; thoughtful, if you consider it social criticism; or get carried away to consider it allegory. You won't forget it. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Aug 3, 2015
6/10 74% The Outrageous Sophie Tucker (2015) "Strongest when reveals her innovations in musical style and marketing, weakest when it strings together anecdotes. . . Original materials are seen in constant montages. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Jul 24, 2015
9/10 98% Phoenix (2015) "Vintage setting for the moral ambiguities of film noir, while creating a new showcase for Petzold's frequent muse Nina Hoss to create an indelible character. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Jul 24, 2015
9/10 85% A Poem Is A Naked Person (2015) "Russell embodies history of Southern rock, with roots proudly showing. . .Cultural heritage [as] living, breathing, rocking and rolling inspiration, is wonderfully preserved. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Jul 12, 2015
10/10 76% Zarafa (2015) "High-quality, gorgeous looking, entertaining, child-focused, attention-keeping tale imparts history, social significance, cultural diversity and value of passing on stories. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Jul 12, 2015
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