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Emily S. Mendel

Emily S. Mendel
Emily S. Mendel's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): culturevulture.net

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
33% The Bronze (2016) It's too bad that [the movie] misses the mark, because the Rauchs developed a unique character and the movie had some funny moments. ‐ culturevulture.net
Posted Mar 17, 2016
97% Embrace Of The Serpent (El Abrazo De La Serpiente) (2016) I saw [the film] twice - something I rarely do - and was mesmerized and haunted by it both times. ‐ culturevulture.net
Posted Feb 15, 2016
93% Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015) Her music still sounds terrific. Watching her perform made me happy and sad. ‐ culturevulture.net
Posted Nov 27, 2015
73% Trumbo (2015) I very much enjoyed watching the uplifting "Trumbo," despite a few speechifying monologues, flashes of clumsy exposition...and often flat affect. Definitely, it's a film worth seeing. ‐ culturevulture.net
Posted Nov 11, 2015
94% Best Of Enemies (2015) Not only does this riveting documentary skillfully portray the debates, it also deftly examines how the debates affected Vidal's and Buckley's personal lives and the future of political discourse in general. ‐ culturevulture.net
Posted Jul 30, 2015
44% Irrational Man (2015) ... [the film] had enough of a pull to hold my interest despite its uneven writing, plot and pace. ... the existential theme ... reveals as much about Allen as it does about his characters. ‐ culturevulture.net
Posted Jul 30, 2015
100% The Third Man (1949) The bombed buildings, piles of rubble and their evocative shadows form a haunting backdrop to the outdoor scenes, particularly at night. ... Greene's talent for dialogue and suspense shine. [It] has more twists and turns than a rollercoaster. ‐ culturevulture.net
Posted Jul 4, 2015
88% Bessie (2015) ... give Bessie a try ... to see Queen Latifah's performance and learn a bit about Bessie Smith's life and times, and turn in off if and when it starts to drag. ‐ culturevulture.net
Posted May 23, 2015
17% Serena (2015) Based on hackneyed plot complications, Serena devolves into a Lady Macbeth of the mountains ... as the film moves toward a too predictable ending. ‐ culturevulture.net
Posted Mar 26, 2015
98% Mr. Turner (2014) ... one of the most memorable and intriguing films I've seen in a long time. Mike Leigh should be congratulated for the creativity and artistry of this film. ‐ culturevulture.net
Posted Dec 23, 2014
80% A Letter to Momo (2014) It's (... ) remarkable since it's a tender, sweet film that softly explores the resolution of loss on levels that parents and children both will understand, enjoy and savor. ‐ culturevulture.net
Posted Sep 4, 2014
65% A Five Star Life (2014) Margherita Buy very much deserved the [Italian Oscar (R)] she won for her role ... And although [it] can be slow at moments, in its own way, it's an important film about women, and should be seen. ‐ culturevulture.net
Posted Aug 5, 2014
52% Jersey Boys (2014) ...the movie actually drags a bit in between songs. Lacking is the dramatic staging and lighting of the musical. ‐ culturevulture.net
Posted Jul 6, 2014
98% Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2014) What might have been merely a sycophantic airbrushed view of Ms. Stritch and her marvelous talents, instead, is a fully candid, unrehearsed, intimate, three-dimensional portrait. ‐ culturevulture.net
Posted Jun 25, 2014
30% The Monuments Men (2014) By trying to follow closely the book on which it is based, no individual dramatic component of the film grabs the viewer. ... And then, there's no satisfying conclusion. ‐ culturevulture.net
Posted Jun 25, 2014
24% Third Person (2014) The plot is disjointed, the dialogue is clumsy, and some of the acting is sub-par (...) yet I wanted to know the film's outcome. ‐ culturevulture.net
Posted Jun 25, 2014
82% The Double (2014) Talented director Richard Avoade (Submarine), cinematographer Erik Wilson and the art and set directors have created a riveting authoritarian world. ‐ culturevulture.net
Posted Jun 24, 2014
88% Hannah Arendt (2013) From watching Hannah Arendt, we learn that it is possible to make a taut, compelling film about intellectuals, their opinions and discourse. ‐ culturevulture.net
Posted Feb 17, 2014
86% The Attack (2013) We learn that beneath some urbane and sophisticated Israelis lies a cold and hardened heart. We see Palestinians who live to commit terror without regard to its consequences. ‐ culturevulture.net
Posted Feb 17, 2014
76% The Invisible Woman (2013) This is not a film about the good-hearted Christmas-loving Dickens. ‐ culturevulture.net
Posted Feb 17, 2014
30% Austenland (2013) ... a frothy summer movie with romance, humor, a dab of social commentary and a happy ending." ‐ culturevulture.net
Posted Aug 29, 2013
94% The Rabbi's Cat (2012) Sfar's enchanting portrait of a society in which Jews and Muslims live compatibly is a lesson for our time ‐ culturevulture.net
Posted Jan 19, 2013
96% Brooklyn Castle (2012) ... a powerful and positive story about dedicated teachers helping kids succeed no matter what their circumstances ‐ culturevulture.net
Posted Dec 10, 2012
75% Hello I Must Be Going (2012) I'm of two minds about Hello I Must Be Going. It's a slow-paced movie, and at times, too slow ... Yet the fine actors, especially the emotive-faced Melanie Lynskey and the restrained Blythe Danner, elevate the film well beyond its story line. ‐ culturevulture.net
Posted Oct 2, 2012
18% $upercapitalist (2012) $upercapitalist" exposes the heady, fast-paced, amoral world of New York/Hong Kong high finance ‐ culturevulture.net
Posted Aug 23, 2012
95% The Imposter (2012) Only an extraordinary documentary ... can create such a sense of intrigue, tension and mystery. ‐ culturevulture.net
Posted Aug 2, 2012
88% Neil Young Journeys (2012) Young's joyful revisit to [his hometown] contains some of the best scenes ... as we get a glimpse of a happier, freer Young ‐ culturevulture.net
Posted Jul 5, 2012
90% La fée (The Fairy) (2012) perfect timing, improvisational talents and [an] exuberant screenplay turn an absurd comedy into a thoroughly enjoyable absurdist comedy ‐ culturevulture.net
Posted May 3, 2012
51% The Iron Lady (2012) Despite Streep's great performance, the film wavers between a touching story about a sympathetic old woman and a cautionary tale of hubris gone wild. ‐ culturevulture.net
Posted Jan 29, 2012
94% Hugo (2011) Director Martin Scorsese brings us an enchanting Christmas gift ... a marvelously inventive and inspiring 3-D film that has a heartfelt holiday message. ‐ culturevulture.net
Posted Dec 3, 2011
84% La tête en friche (My Afternoons with Margueritte) (2011) a small charming film that only the French could create. ‐ culturevulture.net
Posted Nov 2, 2011
93% Midnight in Paris (2011) Woody Allen's latest movie gift ... combines blithe romantic comedy with fantasy, adds a touch of insight and wraps it all up in a beautiful Parisian bow. ‐ culturevulture.net
Posted May 26, 2011
40% Henry's Crime (2011) ... despite some minor grumbles, I was entertained by Henry's Crime. ‐ culturevulture.net
Posted Apr 26, 2011
97% Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune (2011) ... a "must see" for those who lived through the turbulent 1960s, and those who today question our country's continuing engagement in foreign wars. ‐ culturevulture.net
Posted Mar 19, 2011
88% Cinco días sin Nora (Nora's Will) (2010) ... a complex, nuanced, darkly amusing, yet poignant film. ‐ culturevulture.net
Posted Feb 16, 2011
86% Kings of Pastry (2010) ... through highly skilled directing and editing, this documentary comes alive with universal concerns and emotional content. ‐ culturevulture.net
Posted Dec 2, 2010
81% Today's Special (2010) ... Aasif Mandvi has whipped up a delicious film, a heart-warmer sans clichés ‐ culturevulture.net
Posted Nov 14, 2010
53% The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (2010) Noomi Rapace, once again, is superb as Lisbeth Salander ... ‐ culturevulture.net
Posted Nov 10, 2010
68% Jack Goes Boating (2010) ... a touching portrayal of four ordinary people ... a nuanced, emotional, yet optimistic film. ‐ culturevulture.net
Posted Oct 1, 2010
69% The Girl Who Played with Fire (Flickan som lekte med elden) (2010) ... combines a fascinating character study with thrills and chills. I wholeheartedly recommend it. ‐ culturevulture.net
Posted Jul 9, 2010
93% Yoo-hoo, Mrs. Goldberg (2009) Kempner has made The Goldbergs informative, entertaining, poignant, and ... nostalgic. A piece of history has been saved. ‐ culturevulture.net
Posted Apr 30, 2010
29% Shrink (2009) Shrink has fine acting, intriguing characters and moments of humor and pathos, but I left the theater feeling a bit cheated. ‐ culturevulture.net
Posted Apr 30, 2010
97% Ajami (2010) Ajami is a powerful crime drama in which all are heroes and all are villains. ‐ culturevulture.net
Posted Apr 30, 2010
86% The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009) A haunting and relentless film ... But for the scenes [of violence, rape and torture], I would recommend [it] without reservation. ‐ culturevulture.net
Posted Apr 30, 2010
63% The Joneses (2010) The Joneses is somewhat entertaining ... because of its deliciously clichéd suburban location ... good acting and creative premise. ‐ culturevulture.net
Posted Apr 30, 2010
82% A Town Called Panic (Panique au village) (2009) What is fantastic and funny in a short film became less so in a 75-minute one. ‐ culturevulture.net
Posted Jan 26, 2010
76% The Young Victoria (2009) Fans of romantic movies will savor The Young Victoria ... with all its pomp and circumstance ‐ culturevulture.net
Posted Dec 17, 2009
23% Serious Moonlight (2009) it is nice to see a film made for adults, with fine acting and the amusing last-minute twist that pulls the film together. ‐ culturevulture.net
Posted Dec 4, 2009
47% La Fille de Monaco (The Girl from Monaco) (2009) ... an engaging and stylish film. ‐ culturevulture.net
Posted Sep 12, 2009
49% Whatever Works (2009) Whatever Works is reminiscent of Allen's much-loved films about relationships in Manhattan in which comedy vies with angst, with a soupçon of Jewish humor. ‐ culturevulture.net
Posted Jun 27, 2009