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Nora Lee Mandel

Nora Lee Mandel

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
7/10 73% The BFG (2016) "Retains delightful, child-like sense that parallel world of magical fantasy is possible with a smooth blending of animated and real figures to evoke Blake's classic drawings. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Jun 30, 2016
8/10 No Score Yet The Lure (Córki dancingu) "More inspired by Homer than Disney... who could resist the musical numbers...with corrupt capitalist exploitation...and dangerous supernatural female power...Heartbreaking. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Jun 17, 2016
9/10 90% Marshland (La isla mínima) (2016) "Brilliant noir policier in a distinctive environment where the fraught political and economic circumstances hang over the solution to a shocking crime. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Jun 17, 2016
6/10 94% Finding Dory (2016) "Gently entertaining... gets funny...Tidbits provide something for adults when they take the kids but that is not enough of a reason for adults to come on their own. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Jun 17, 2016
6/10 100% Germans & Jews (2016) "Thoughtful wide-ranging discussion covers changing relationship between Jewish & German intellectuals since the Holocaust. . . useful, revealing where-are-we-now marker. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Jun 10, 2016
6.10 94% Tikkun (2016) "Prime reason to see artsy film is the B & W cinematography --slow, dark, ponderous, and beautiful looking with weird, mystical imagery (& long close-up of female genitalia). " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Jun 10, 2016
8/10 No Score Yet Home Care (Domaci Pece) "Visiting nurse Vlasta is shook out of her rut, and film out of just quaint small town genre, when an accident leads to a health crisis and she explores changes to her life. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Jun 4, 2016
8/10 No Score Yet Simshar "Deftly crosses two real, dramatic tragedies in Mediterranean. . .Accessible suspense and heart, humanizes migrants, poignantly illustrates impact on fishermen and ships. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted May 24, 2016
9/10 No Score Yet Spartacus & Cassandra "Growing up Roma (aka Gypsy). . .in strikingly intimate debut feature. . .2 young siblings suggested he film their lives [&] participated in every aspect of 1 1/2 yrs filming. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted May 24, 2016
8/10 76% Adult Life Skills "Funny and touching. . .(Whittaker) is bereft over death of her twin. . . Sprightly screenplay. . . it is not a Prince Charming, but women in her life who unite to revive her. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted May 12, 2016
5/10 21% I Saw the Light (2016) "In not capturing the essence of the music, the movie can break your heart like a country song.. .never really delves into how fresh and different Hank sounded. .in Nashville. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted May 4, 2016
7/10 93% Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt (2016) "Very detailed [in] applying the feminist argument that "the personal is political" to Arendt's life to understand her perceptions and to provide context for controversy. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted May 3, 2016
6/10 80% Staub (Dust) (2007) "Everything you ever wanted to know about dust. And even more than you ever thought possible. Then even more. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Apr 6, 2016
5/10 83% Hello, My Name is Doris (2016) "Film works very hard to have her make sense [but] the more comedic flares and backstory details. . .the less she jells. . .Her arc isn't completely convincing. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Apr 3, 2016
8/10 100% Here Come the Videofreex (2016) "Retrieves, preserves & showcases visual history of group's lively experiments outside broadcast TV....Anyone interested in how the revolution was televised will want to see. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Mar 31, 2016
8/10 71% Remember (2016) "Masterly acted and suspenseful vengeance flick. . .Plummer is brilliant at conveying constant changing states of mind, from avuncular...into avenging angel...to befuddlement. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Mar 31, 2016
9/10 No Score Yet Abandoned Goods "Displays extraordinary sensitivity . . .getting inside the minds of troubled people who lived in a troubling place. . .to explore the archives of the Netherne Asylum. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Feb 21, 2016
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 63% 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 65% 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 69% Raavanan (Villain) "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 24% 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 54% 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 95% 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 92% 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 81% 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 67% 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 94% 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
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