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Nora Lee Mandel

Nora Lee Mandel
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
6/10 93% 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. ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Dec 29, 2016
9/10 95% Fences (2016) Whets our appetite for when [more] of Wilson's plays receive this deserved treatment as a great playwright...to indelibly commit such rich characters to multidimensional life ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Dec 26, 2016
9/10 96% 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. ‐ Film-Forward.com
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
Posted Dec 13, 2016
8/10 95% 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
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 day...as murders for voter registration. ‐ Film-Forward.com
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. ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Nov 30, 2016
5/10 89% 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. ‐ Film-Forward.com
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. ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Nov 11, 2016
7/10 93% 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. ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Oct 21, 2016
7/10 81% 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. ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Oct 14, 2016
7/10 93% 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. ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Oct 9, 2016
7/10 92% 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
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. ‐ Film-Forward.com
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. ‐ Film-Forward.com
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 rap...to titular...catchy number. ‐ Maven's Nest
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
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
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 challenge...as if this is her life. ‐ Maven's Nest
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 Neapolitan...style. ‐ Maven's Nest
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
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
Posted Aug 19, 2016
7/10 86% 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. ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Aug 19, 2016
9/10 64% A Tale of Love and Darkness (2016) Achieving both a literary and painterly feel, Portman's refreshingly stereotype-free portrayal of Jewish families in Jerusalem during this period is a lovely tribute to both a great writer and his muse. ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Aug 19, 2016
6/10 86% Pete's Dragon (2016) While I think that the angry dragon's fire would singe his inappropriate fur, this new version is a pleasing, lovely-looking family film. ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Aug 13, 2016
6/10 No Score Yet Os Maias - Cenas da Vida Romântica (2014) More than Portuguese social history, the reason to see this is the production design. . . The stage sets have heightened theatricality and transporting sense of time-travel. ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Aug 12, 2016
8/10 No Score Yet History's Future (2016) For all the high-concept structure and intellectual imagery, Tan keeps her focus on the individual. . . to see how Europe got to "rolling catastrophes" since 2008. ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Aug 12, 2016
9/10 96% Hooligan Sparrow (2016) Like a heart-pounding thriller set in a paranoid conspiracy, [the activist] inspires [the director] to be even more determined to get her story out to the world. ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Aug 12, 2016
9/10 No Score Yet Tempestad (2016) Uses deceptive beauty of travelogue to reveal psychological pervasiveness of fear and nightmares under what's visible for two women [who] are important witnesses to abuse. ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Aug 12, 2016
7/10 No Score Yet P.S. Jerusalem (2015) For all her politically correct talk about the occupation, apartheid, and Palestinian rights, Elon humanistically shows that a woman's separate peace can only go so far. ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Aug 12, 2016
8/10 100% Sonita (2015) For this 18-year-old, pop music provides artistic means to express desire for freedom. . .from her Afghan village...Suspense ratchets up... in spectacular Hollywood ending. ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Aug 9, 2016
8/10 No Score Yet Ovarian Psycos (2016) This fast-paced, invigorating documentary beautifully captures [East Los Angeles Latinas'] sheer exhilaration at taking over the city on their own terms. . .on bicycles. ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Aug 9, 2016
8/10 90% When Two Worlds Collide (2016) Restores priorities in "Save Amazon Rainforest" from trendy phrase to a life and tragic death political movement galvanized by a charismatic leader to save indigenous people ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Aug 9, 2016
8/10 No Score Yet Almost Sunrise (2016) Following them in intimate and captivating verité on their 2,700-mile. . .pilgrimage on foot across America the Beautiful, lets us "see" how they clear their heads and souls. ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Aug 9, 2016
8/10 No Score Yet Chapter & Verse (2015) Passionately felt and enriched by authenticity in setting, characters, situations, conflicts and solutions. . . in frankly looking at crisis of incarceration and recidivism. ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Aug 9, 2016
7/10 No Score Yet The Crossing (2015) Syrian refugees desperately streaming from war, to hope in Europe, are seen unusually up close & personal from [boat] to landing, in person, via cell , Skype in 5 countries. ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Aug 9, 2016
9/10 100% Starless Dreams (Royahaye dame sobh) (2017) Oskouei's gentle (disembodied) voice in sympathetic interviews become something like therapy sessions for these neglected children with few calls and fewer visitors. ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Aug 9, 2016
8/10 80% Adult Life Skills (2016) "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. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Aug 9, 2016
7/10 No Score Yet The High Sun (Zvizdan) (2015) Revisits the Balkan wars. . . creatively, takes the humanistic long view of impacts on neighboring villages with different lovers at 3 mirror points in consecutive decades. ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Aug 7, 2016
7/10 89% Do Not Resist (2016) Pointedly relevant directorial debut looks at the macho equipment, tactical, and training issues that have aggravated law enforcement's relationship with civilians. ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Aug 7, 2016
7/10 No Score Yet Growing Up Coy (2016) The film is strongest at showing the personal stress from what follows [the law suit] in intimate verité style. . .for this family living in the media storm is a nightmare. ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Aug 7, 2016
8/10 100% Suited (2016) The uplifting triumph is the looks and smiles on their faces when they finally see their reflection in the mirror match how they feel inside and how they've wanted to look. ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Aug 7, 2016
8/10 71% The Tenth Man (El rey del Once) (2016) Burman [continues] warmly humanistic look at interplay of adult children and parents...Panoply of delightful characters, through dialogue & visuals...You'll leave with a smile. ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Aug 7, 2016
6/10 73% Miles Ahead (2016) Comes across mostly as "Comic Sketches of Miles," with the musical, beating heart of the film coming in the middle upon the late appearance of his muse and a finale concert. ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Aug 7, 2016