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Lisa Nesselson

Lisa Nesselson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet A Violent Life (2017) The violence plays like frontier justice but what constitutes the frontier keeps evolving.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
No Score Yet The Prayer (La prière) (2018) Always watchable but not transcendent, Cedric Kahn's character study builds its portrait via landscape, work, prayer and friendship.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
100% Montparnasse Bienvenue (Jeune femme) (2017) A fearless, powerhouse performance by Laetitia Dosch infuses every frame of Montparnasse Bienvenue (Jeune Femme).‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
40% Diving (Plonger) (2017) More often irritating than involving although it is fetchingly shot and features a few strikingly original elements. Chalk this up as a benevolent misfire in an honorable filmography.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
50% Razzia (2017) A complex and involving compound portrait of the upheaval caused by creeping theocracy and ingrained attitudes.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
No Score Yet Number One (Numéro une) (2017) Wielding an entertainingly sharp narrative scalpel throughout incident-rich Number One, (Numero Une) Tonie Marshall posits that women getting promoted solely on merit is a quaint notion.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
60% Reinventing Marvin (Marvin) (2017) A cascade of clichés made palatable and cumulatively touching by a very fine cast.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2017
95% 12 Days (12 Jours) (2018) Should be shown on screens large and small wherever quality docs find a home.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
94% Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (2017) Marlina The Murderer In Four Acts weaves basic elements into a tale worth telling splendidly accompanied by a sit-up-and-take-notice musical score.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
100% The Prince of Nothingwood (2017) This is a crowd-pleasing winner that's educational, touching and hilarious. An infectious live-for-today energy permeates every frame.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
78% Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc (Jeannette l'enfance de Jeanne d'Arc) (2017) A strange and forthright cinematic object with considerable rough-hewn charm.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
83% Lover For A Day (L'amant d'un jour) (2018) A lot happens in just 75 minutes of screen time, offering viewers emotional fallout that lingers much longer.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
91% Heal the Living (Réparer les vivants) (2017) An emotionally satisfying, cinematically deft look at interwoven fates.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2017
44% Ghost in the Shell (2017) Even though there's an enormous amount to look at and digest, little of this film is truly memorable or thought-provoking.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2017
No Score Yet Chacun sa vie (2017) Suggesting that there's anything wrong with what's on screen would be akin to criticising a bunch of kids having a great time at a playground.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2017
83% Ladies (De plus belle) (2017) A relativity unusual topic - how to relate to one's own body and to other people after battling and beating cancer - is explored in a leisurely and ultimately touching manner in De Plus Belle.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
No Score Yet The Confession (La confession) (2016) A solid, consistently compelling look at the big questions of life laced into the framework of a transformative meeting of the minds under dicey circumstances.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
86% Apprentice (2017) The final result is seamlessly convincing.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017
88% The Midwife (Sage femme) (2017) A bittersweet delight written to order for two consummate performers who inhabit their diametrically opposed characters with satisfying élan.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2017
50% Barrage (2017) The style is minimalist and meandering but does eventually add up to an unsettling portrait of three generations connected by blood if not affection.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
35% The Great Wall (2017) A battle sequence is never far away and motivations remain credible within the parameters of popcorn-movie silliness, played straight.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2017
88% Nocturama (2017) Bertrand Bonello's Paris-set Nocturama does a riveting job of observing a group of young people who think it's a good idea to do what should be unthinkable.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
40% Down By Love (Éperdument) (2016) This increasingly unsettling tale sets the bar as high as electrified prison walls and would probably veer towards silliness were it not for the very fine work by its two leads Adele Exarchopoulos and Guillaume Gallienne.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2016
91% Elle (2016) Suspenseful and unsettling from first frame to last ...‐ Screen International
Posted May 22, 2016
94% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) With unpretentious poetry to spare, Dutch illustrator and animator Michael Dudok de Wit winningly expands to feature length the verve that has been evident in his award-winning short films for two decades.‐ Screen International
Posted May 20, 2016
86% Two Lovers and a Bear (2016) A rewarding take on coupledom told with satisfying visual flair.‐ Screen International
Posted May 18, 2016
98% My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette) (2017) Sustains a tone that acknowledges that life is a blend of good news and bad but that kindness and compassion can cut through a great deal of soul-crushing adversity.‐ Screen International
Posted May 15, 2016
60% Dogs (Câini) (2016) Mirica makes a very assured feature debut, juggling an accretion of sinister clues and slow-burn allegiances at a low-key pace kept humming thanks to attention-getting widescreen panache.‐ Screen International
Posted May 15, 2016
83% Like Crazy (La pazza gioia) (2017) This is a crowd-pleasing bittersweet comedy in which tragic circumstances are attenuated by moral support from unusual quarters.‐ Screen International
Posted May 15, 2016
80% Victoria (2016) In Bed with Victoria (Victoria) has its moments but too often falls short of the "oomph" that renders a comedy special.‐ Screen International
Posted May 12, 2016
3.5/5 100% Ilo Ilo (2014) Nobody in Jiale's extended family is happy for long but neither are they miserable. The film achieves a quietly impressive balance as human behaviour swings from serious to funny and back again.‐
Read More | Posted May 3, 2016
91% The Measure of a Man (La loi du marché) (2016) An unflinching look at deteriorating working -- and non-working -- conditions for the common man and woman in contemporary France.‐ Screen International
Posted Mar 28, 2016
70% The Wait (L'attesa) (2016) Messina is a young talent to watch.‐ Screen International
Posted Mar 23, 2016
95% Marguerite (2016) Despite its running time, the film's suspense lasts until the final frames. The musical score -- both on-and-off key -- is splendid.‐ Screen International
Posted Mar 8, 2016
41% Jane Got a Gun (2016) What's on screen is, for the most part, both suspenseful and entertaining if comfortably familiar.‐ Screen International
Posted Jan 28, 2016
80% Evolution (2016) A sustained visual tour-de-force that's the opposite of a popcorn movie.‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 14, 2015
68% Wolf Totem (2015) Jean-Jacques Annaud adds another visually bold adventure tale to his filmography with Wolf Totem.‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 9, 2015
83% Elle L'adore (2015) First-time director Jeanne Herry delivers a sardonic comedy propelled by spot-on performances in Elle l'adore.‐ Screen International
Posted Aug 31, 2015
88% My Golden Days (Trois Souvenirs De Ma Jeunesse) (2016) A Frencher-than-French tale of deeply-anchored yet partially thwarted romance, Arnaud Desplechin's My Golden Days is touching, involving and very well acted.‐ Screen International
Posted Jul 20, 2015
79% 24 Days (2015) Alexandre Arcady's film is wrenching and politically astute.‐ Screen International
Posted Apr 20, 2015
25% Dark Places (2015) Audiences who like twisty narratives laced with wrenching revelations should be pleased with this satisfyingly downbeat thriller.‐ Screen International
Posted Apr 7, 2015
5/5 95% The Artist (2011) Touching and entertaining in equal measure.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2015
72% Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles (2014) Assembled with flair, Magician: The Astonishing Life And Work Of Orson Welles is a lively and entertaining documentary that positively swings with informative forward momentum.‐ Screen International
Posted Dec 9, 2014
3.5/5 94% Whiplash (2014) Chazelle finds the cinematic equivalent of the white hat/black hat showdown in a classic Western but imbues it with equal parts physicality and intellectual grit.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2014
3.5/5 60% Saint Laurent (2015) It's said that one must suffer to be beautiful. Thrilling in places, self-indulgent in others, Saint Laurent strongly suggests that one must suffer to make others beautiful.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2014
3.5/5 86% The Immigrant (2014) Just about everybody in The Immigrant may have misplaced their copy of the Declaration of Human Rights, but a perfectly sung operatic note needs no administrative documents to work its magic.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2014
44% Yves Saint Laurent (2014) Yves Saint Laurent does an effective job of condensing two decades in the life of the justly celebrated clothing designer into a series of pithy vignettes carried along by genuine emotion and a superb central performance.‐ Screen International
Posted Jun 23, 2014
4.5/5 91% Nebraska (2013) If you see only one black and white film disguised as a road movie this year or next, make it Nebraska.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2014
89% Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants (Minuscule - La vallée des fourmis perdues) (2014) A dialogue-free bug saga carried along by brilliant sound effects, an epic score and delightful animation in the service of an incredibly basic yet endlessly inventive story.‐ Screen International
Posted Feb 4, 2014
62% L'écume des jours (Mood Indigo) (2014) This over-eager approach will grow tiresome for many viewers but, in its defense, an overload of hand-made creativity feels a lot healthier than watching endless CGI or CGI + 3D assault one's retinas.‐ Screen International
Posted Apr 23, 2013