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Nora Lee Mandel

Nora Lee Mandel
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
6/10 96% The Women's Balcony (Ismach Hatani) (2017) A comic celebration of tradition...Insightful portrait of the more extremist rabbi...The message of this cute and ultimately complacent movie: Enjoy the back of the bus!‐ Maven's Nest
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
6/10 94% Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe (2017) Staid bio-flick [gets] injection of vitality with Barbara Sukowa...Sadness of exile from language, culture, and country permeates every gorgeous frame.‐ Maven's Nest
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
9/10 87% Norman (Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer) (2017) Ranks among the best political already one of the most relevant films of the year...Creates a mensch [with] Gere's transformative and touching performance.‐
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
6/10 No Score Yet Ben-Gurion, Epilogue (2016) Serviceable visual history lesson of 20th century Israel through the eyes of the man who was at the center of its founding...Film portrays him as a very pragmatic politician.‐ Maven's Nest
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
7/10 No Score Yet Cloudy Sunday (Ouzeri Tsitsanis) (2015) 1st film showing decimation of Thessaloniki's Sephardic Jews...and resistance/Nazi collaboration...Despite initially uneven acting, quite moving...and lovely Tsitsanis music.‐ Maven's Nest
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2017
7/10 61% The Zookeeper's Wife (2017) Gripping adaption... honors Poles who risked death to help Jews and resist [Nazis]...Zabinskis well-deserved this exciting cinematic tribute...without fictional challenges.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
8/10 95% I Called Him Morgan (2017) The director's patience over many years in meticulously putting all the elements together...beautifully recovers the memory and artistry of Lee Morgan and his milieu.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
7/10 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) A busily sumptuous feast for the eyes and ears ...with three new songs...deserved PG rating...exhausting watching the film.‐ Maven's Nest
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2017
8/10 89% Frantz (2017) To deal with overwhelming grief-and guilt...elegiac in mostly black-and-white, the film has surprising resonance today, in a time of constant wars and rising nationalism.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2017
7/10 100% The Settlers (2017) Israeli documentary goes a long way toward bringing together perspectives scattered through other films, particularly interviews with new generation of determined fanatics.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2017
8/10 88% Land of Mine (Under Sandet) (2017) The audience can't help but sympathize with [German] boys during grueling days crawling on the beach defusing mines. ..Vivid reminder of terrible risks mines still pose.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2017
7/10 No Score Yet Como Me Apaixonei por Eva Ras (2016) While Sena muses there is still an audience for these old movies, she in the present and the light and noise from the big projector [isn't] drenched in sentiment.‐ Maven's Nest
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
7/10 No Score Yet Helmut Berger, Actor (2015) Horvath keeps tape rolling for audio and contextual revelations...[and] cleverly gets beyond that calculated reality TV image by restlessly poking around .‐ Maven's Nest
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
9/10 No Score Yet A Model Family in a Model Home (2015) With art...historical references, drawings, photos and films from archives...wonderfully makes the cinematic connection between this past and today's housing finance crisis.‐ Maven's Nest
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
8/10 No Score Yet Boone (2016) On organic goat farm in southern Oregon...the audience feels as exhausted as [the farmers] do, though we are spared the smells, but the ambient sounds plunge you in.‐ Maven's Nest
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
7/10 No Score Yet Out There (2016) Distinctively explores impact of US culture on Tokyo/Taiwan through fact /fiction, memory/future, nostalgia/hipness, color/B&W, in a dizzying array of cinematographic styles.‐ Maven's Nest
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
8/10 No Score Yet Atentamente/Sincerely (2016) Mis en scène constantly envelopes the residents...In fulfilling different kinds of love, each provides a touching lesson in not making assumptions ...from appearances.‐ Maven's Nest
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
7/10 No Score Yet Territorio (2016) Focus is still on people even in the beautiful locales more intimately and intensely than just a National Geographic photo spread...lets situations observed play out.‐ Maven's Nest
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2017
8/10 No Score Yet Between Fences (2016) Humanistically captures each man's personality by convincing them they do have supportive allies in a country that used to have an idealistic image for ingathering refugees.‐ Maven's Nest
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2017
7/10 95% After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (2017) All characters are realistically flawed...Though...key artifacts are common to Japanese families..., nostalgia for childhood experiences and personalities are universal. ‐ Maven's Nest
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2017
6/10 97% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) Heavily laden with slow-burning layers of undercurrents that climax in tense, whipsaw confrontations during its final minutes.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2017
6/10 88% 20th Century Women (2017) Trying to adjust to the times...It's possible they all have learned some lasting lessons in this preciously researched, suburban version of late-1970s California.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2016
9/10 93% Fences (2016) Whets our appetite for when [more] of Wilson's plays receive this deserved treatment as a great indelibly commit such rich characters to multidimensional life‐
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2016
9/10 98% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) Along with reintroducing and reinterpreting Baldwin, the man and artist, for a new generation, Peck passionately conveys him as acutely relevant.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
6/10 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) New diverse actors from around our world breathe new life into prequel that just entertainingly barely satisfactorily, repeats the tried and true themes and expensive action.‐ Maven's Nest
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
8/10 96% Moana (2016) Mines proto-Polynesian Oceania culture's carefully researched legends, myths and traditions to joyfully bring us a feisty new Hollywood teenage rebel princess.‐ Maven's Nest
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2016
7/10 100% Two Trains Runnin' (2016) Equally and vividly re-creates the North to South paths of 2 idealistic American stories summer '64...2 blues legends found the same murders for voter registration.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
6/10 96% Bobby Sands: 66 Days (2016) What can be learned from Bobby Sands's tactics and the British response in dealing with today's ideological, political, and religious extremists elsewhere in the world.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2016
5/10 90% Blood On The Mountain (2016) Unconvincingly tries to establish there is a growing constituency for change in the relationship between King Coal and West Virginians to protect health and the environment.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2016
6/10 100% Disturbing The Peace (2016) These determined optimists have their work cut out for them to reach a plurality that can bring some version of the two-state solution back to negotiations.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2016
7/10 94% Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) (2016) Brings viewer along an extended stay on European front line in refugee crisis...The very visceral scenes...will hopefully help bring the migrants' plight to wider attention.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
7/10 83% Denial (2016) Earnest and refreshing reminder that facts matter... Denial is as satisfying as it is vexing regarding what it took to challenge just one prominent denier.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016
7/10 94% Sand Storm (Sufat Chol) (2016) Unusually complex view of the strains on each member of an Israeli Bedouin family, as they try to follow traditional social obligations and engage in modern life.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2016
7/10 93% Queen of Katwe (2016) Triumphant celebration of mind of real girl in Africa with help of Pollyanna. . .Vividly filmed on location. . . Score marvelously uses traditions...Pacing gets repetitive.‐ Maven's Nest
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2016
6/10 100% The Ruins of Lifta (2016) Though sometimes infuriatingly naïve and myopic, documentary finally succeeds by opening up some space for honest dialogue.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2016
8/10 92% Demon (2016) Crackling, spookily atmospheric, intelligent, sometimes funny ghost story. It builds on family secrets to take on wider social and historical resonance for Poles and Jews.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
10/10 No Score Yet Solitary (2016) In-depth portrait of ROSP in southwest Virginia is a revelation about the modern system of full-time incarceration in the over 40 supermax prisons...Indelible...Thoughtful.‐ FF2 Media
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2016
10/10 No Score Yet Jackson (2016) Goes more in-depth and 360 degrees around Mississippi's sole abortion clinic in best film on continuing conflicts after Supreme Court confirmed women's right to an abortion.‐ FF2 Media
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2016
6/10 No Score Yet Inside the Chinese Closet (2015) Interviews... well draw out emotional turmoil young people face in trying to find partners who can accept...traditional Chinese family norms. ..Less interested in... parents ‐ FF2 Media
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2016
7/10 No Score Yet Silent (2015) Elite family as the modern equivalent of royalty in classic Greek plays yet wounds inflicted feel achingly personal for...extraordinarily physically expressive Georgious .‐ Maven's Nest
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2016
7/10 No Score Yet The Cleaner (Cistic) (2015) Czuczor's scarily absorbing performance. . .could lead to a hopeful future...Cynics and optimists will have different interpretations if he succeeds, but all will be riveted.‐ Maven's Nest
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2016
7/8 71% The Summer Of Sangaile (2015) The female adolescent love story feels sensuously fresh. . .The beauty of Dominique Colin's gorgeous cinematography swirls with youthful passion and optimism.‐ Maven's Nest
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2016
7/10 No Score Yet The Beat of Love: Utrip Ljubezni (2015) A winning musical with echoes of "Grease", set in the hip hop scene of Ljubljana. . .Sweet and broadly appealing.. [from] raucous opening titular...catchy number.‐ Maven's Nest
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2016
8/10 No Score Yet Cafard (2015) With latest in motion capture...distinctive characters [have] fictional depth, romance, political commentary, and humor in... line-drawn graphic style...for eyewitness look. ‐ Maven's Nest
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2016
8/10 No Score Yet Babai (2015) In astounding role reversal for a father and son made terrifically credible by young Maloku's towering debut performance, son is sure he has the strength to carry them both.‐ Maven's Nest
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2016
8/10 No Score Yet The Wednesday Child (Szerdai gyerek) (2015) Suspense builds...if Maja can be strong enough to stick to progressive community direction... Vecsei's performance rises to heart breaking if this is her life.‐ Maven's Nest
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2016
8/10 No Score Yet Per amor vostro (2015) Channeling Fellini's muse, Golino's wide eyes see three levels of reality in dizzying imagery [&] in passionate dialogue. ..Stunning action is narrated in‐ Maven's Nest
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2016
9/10 No Score Yet Lampedusa in Winter (2015) Won the locals' trust over four months there for revealing cinema verité. . .to raise consciousness about migrants even as antipathy to them rises... Daily life struggles on.‐ Maven's Nest
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2016
5/10 38% Is That You? (2016) Typical road movie of the find-yourself kind popular with young folks at indie film festivals and nostalgic sentimentality popular with older folks at Jewish film festivals.‐ Maven's Nest
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2016
7/10 87% The People vs. Fritz Bauer (Der Staat Gegen Fritz Bauer) (2016) Anchored by Klaussner's ferocious lead performance...exciting spy novel-like...captures [Bauer's] justified paranoia when it explores his fierce commitment to justice.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2016