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Lisa Nesselson

Lisa Nesselson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 83% The Ghost Writer (2010) This effort joins the director's Frantic in the "jet-lag" category where mind and body can never quite catch up with a new, deeply problematic -- and probably dangerous -- environment.‐ sbs.com.au
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2010
89% Amélie (2001) Jean-Pierre Jeunet's fresh, funny, exquisitely bittersweet tour de force, about a lass who makes sly incursions into the lives of her neighbors, is ambitious yet intimate.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2010
91% Murderous Maids (2002) Julie-Marie Parmentier and Sylvie Testud are eerily convincing as the intense pair of co-dependents in the rigorous but creepy drama Murderous Maids.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2010
91% The Secret of Kells (2010) Kids weaned on Pixar may look down on Brendan, but as with Miyazaki, it's a parental duty to drag them along to this captivatingly original take on Old School animation.‐ Screen International
Posted Feb 2, 2010
37% From Paris with Love (2010) Only a Wild West town between sheriffs has fewer law officers than this film's depiction of Paris.‐ Screen International
Posted Feb 1, 2010
73% Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (2011) A wildly creative take on the life of notorious French composer, lyricist and provocateur Serge Gainsbourg, Gainsbourg (vie heroique) is splendidly cast and consistently engaging.‐ Screen International
Posted Jan 22, 2010
4/5 79% The Informant! (2009) A very entertaining and densely layered comedy for grown-ups with attention spans.‐ sbs.com.au
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2009
82% Mesrine: Public Enemy #1 (2010) Jean-François Richet has made two pictures that complement and build on each other with widescreen verve.‐ Screen International
Posted Jul 24, 2009
96% Mesrine: Part 1 (Killer Instinct) and Part 2 (Public Enemy #1) (2010) Despite an abrupt narrative approach, formative episodes in Mesrine's larger-than-life reign flow together well enough to yield a frequently gripping whole.‐ Screen International
Posted Jul 24, 2009
89% Rashevski's Tango (2009) The spiritual, historical and practical complications of being Jewish get a funny and touching workout.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2009
63% Coco Before Chanel (2009) The screenwriters have taken liberties with chronology that may upset fashion purists but the broad outline of alliances, influences, lucky breaks and tragedy rings true.‐ Screen International
Posted Apr 24, 2009
90% Three Colors: White (Trois Couleurs: Blanc) (1994) The entertaining second seg of Krzysztof Kieslowski's Three Colors trilogy is involving, bittersweet and droll.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2009
7% Christopher Columbus: The Discovery (1992) John Glen's take on the Genovese explorer adds up to perfectly serviceable commercial entertainment -- there are a few moments where Kirk Douglas or Charlton Heston would have felt right at home.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2009
65% Hideous Kinky (1998) Kate Winslet continues an uninterrupted line of fine performances with the modest yet affecting Hideous Kinky.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2009
7% The Next Karate Kid (1994) The franchise is still kicking -- but not very high.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2009
100% Three Colors: Blue (Trois Couleurs: Bleu) (1993) Boasts a riveting central performance by a carefully controlled, lovingly lit Juliette Binoche.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2008
63% Faubourg 36 (Paris 36) (2009) Chock full of engaging narrative developments, with splendid sets, an appealing original score and gung-ho performances, there's still something perplexingly peculiar about the whole shiny package.‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 18, 2008
6% Babylon A.D. (2008) This occasionally lavish, often clunky venture is consistently watchable if not terribly memorable or distinctive.‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 18, 2008
74% La Fille Coupée en Deux (The Girl Cut in Two) (A Girl Cut in Two) (2008) While not a classic, this is a pleasantly disturbing, nominally voyeuristic romp in the territory Chabrol knows best.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2008
86% Un Conte de Noël (A Christmas Tale) (2008) Arnaud Desplechin's A Christmas Tale is an intricate, accomplished patchwork of sometimes nutty but always believable human behaviour.‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 18, 2008
89% The Cat Returns (2002) Catchy entertainment for kids and adults...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2008
81% The Barbarian Invasions (Les Invasions barbares) (2003) A full-bodied, funny and gloriously unpretentious ode to family, friendship and the meaning of life.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2008
49% Renaissance (2006) It's a testament to the production design that one quickly gets caught up in the story without ever completely losing the "ooh-ahh" factor. Ominous, wall-to-wall music bolsters the appropriately uneasy mood, and the bittersweet conclusion is satisfying.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2008
94% The Triplets of Belleville (2003) A winning blend of dark and bittersweet, aimed more at adults than kiddies, but suitable for all ages.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2008
No Score Yet Aviva, My Love (Aviva Ahuvati) (2007) Incident-packed tale is marbled with black humor but Israeli gumption triumphs by default.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2008
61% The King Is Alive (2001) :ags in the middle, growing more interesting -- if hardly more original -- only as the situation deteriorates.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2008
13% Whiteboyz (1999) Many scenes of confrontation play like heavy-handed, uncomfortably forced improv.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2008
79% 8 Women (8 Femmes) (2002) Ozon's notion of derision is perfectly carried out by his multi-generational name cast.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2008
91% Panic (2000) A gently subversive outing full of nicely limned characters.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2008
81% Priceless (2006) Bittersweet comedy's perfectly chosen multigenerational cast ably demonstrates that if money can't buy love, it sure can purchase lots of obsequious service from four-star hotel staffers and costly goodies from laughably pricey boutiques.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2008
100% Three Colors: Red (Trois couleurs: Rouge) (1994) Another deft, deeply affecting variation on Krzysztof Kieslowski's recurring theme that people are interconnected in ways they can barely fathom.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2008
73% The Dinner Game (Le Dîner de cons) (1999) Weaves a simple premise into comedy gold.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2008
71% Léon: The Professional (1994) A naive fairy tale splattered with blood.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2007
29% The Heartbreak Kid (2007) Uproarious romp, grounded in believable if gleefully implausible human behavior, is a model of comic timing.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2007
64% Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead (2006) Every variation on "disgusting" you can think of -- and many you can't -- is here. It's a veritable "Cluckwork Orange," but without the sentimentality.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2007
44% Death Defying Acts (2008) Sounding intriguing enough in concept, Death misses the mark onscreen in a way adaptations of deceptively cinematic novels often do.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2007
88% Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007) ...the wrenching tale has something for anyone who likes their melodrama spiked with palpable tension and genuine suspense.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2007
77% Une Vieille Maîtresse (The Last Mistress) (An Old Mistress) (2007) Adapting a book by semi-notorious novelist and critic Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly (1808-89), Breillat freely stamps her strong and singular feminine insights on a man's material.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2007
94% Gone Baby Gone (2007) Moral ambiguity is the real star of Ben Affleck's helming debut, Gone Baby Gone, an involving Boston-set tale of mixed motives, selflessness and perfidy in the wake of a 4-year-old girl's disappearance.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2007
86% L' Avocat de la Terreur (Terror's Advocate) (2007) Sure to inspire debate in France and Germany and of obvious interest to anyone who follows the roots of modern international terrorism, doc probes gray areas in the colorful life of its controversial, limelight-courting subject.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2007
61% Them (2007) Lensed with skill to no particular end.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2007
No Score Yet Family Hero (2006) Thesps are clearly having a field day.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2007
No Score Yet Very Big Apartment (2006) In its embrace of communal life on a shoestring, its contempt for bureaucracy and authority, pic shares many points with Otar Iosseliani's recent Gardens in Autumn.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2007
53% Prete-moi ta main (I Do: How to Get Married and Stay Single) (2006) Remains in conventional (if enjoyable) movie territory from start to finish.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2007
53% David & Layla (2007) An earnest, frequently funny comedy about stateless persons and the looming cliches that make Muslims and Jews so wary of each other. Completely accessible and non-threatening.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2007
79% District B13 (Banlieue 13) (2006) A message-based actioner that's fast, dumb fun.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2007
74% La Vie en Rose (La Mome) (2007) Impressively mounted and involving pic should be greeted with applause.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2007
No Score Yet A Via Láctea,(The Milky Way) (2007) Frequently inventive and playful pic conveys exactly how it feels to kick oneself for words spoken in anger and be unable to make amends because a cruel universe won't cooperate.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 25, 2007
86% Avant que j'Oublie (Before I Forget) (2008) Third installment in Jacques Nolot's trilogy on the pragmatic side of gay life finds the straight-shooting poet of matter-of-fact sexual transactions in fine narrative form, exhibiting his aging body and mindset without a trace of vanity.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 24, 2007
84% Back to Normandy (2008) A straightforward docu with a slightly mystical heart, Back to Normandy plays like a meticulous personal project on which we are permitted to eavesdrop.‐ Variety
Posted May 24, 2007