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Nora Lee Mandel

Nora Lee Mandel

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
6/10 95% In Jackson Heights (2015) "Microcosm of everyday life in Queens neighborhood. . .on summer days. . .More screen time is devoted to static speechifying than casual cinema vérité observations. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Nov 5, 2015
6/10 81% Labyrinth Of Lies (2015) "Appeals to new generation by emphasizing the role of consciousness-raised youth in fictionalization of delayed justice. . .[vs] ex-Nazis quietly reintegrated into society. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Oct 29, 2015
5/10 86% Steve Jobs (2015) "Admirable as meticulously constructed piece of theater using real-life figures like billiard balls than for its emotional catharsis or insight into the evolution of a man. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Oct 24, 2015
7/10 97% Heart of a Dog (2015) "[After] her cute canine entry point. . .and "Intro to Buddhism". . .her family memories are stunning dreamscapes through her distant and recent past. . .in multimedia. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Oct 23, 2015
7 58% The Cut (2015) "Bombardment of images resonates from Holocaust films. . .Powerful travelogue visuals almost overwhelm the enormity of Armenian genocide and the cross-continental diaspora. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Oct 9, 2015
6/10 76% Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine (2015) "Gibney stylistically draws on prolific experience profiling narcissistic control freaks obsessed with marketing themselves. . .a more philosophical than investigative search. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Sep 4, 2015
8/10 86% The Iron Ministry (2015) "Seamlessly rides many rails through China to intimately experience sounds, sights, and even smells, alongside restless people on the move through space and economic change. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Aug 22, 2015
6/10 80% Beltracchi: The Art of Forgery (2014) "Calmly explain. . .fraud. . .with go-with-the-flow nonchalance. . .he's proud to have manipulated what he sees as a self-serving business where suspicion is bad for business. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Aug 20, 2015
6/10 57% Brothers (2015) "Bollywood. . .culturally adapted remake of "Warrior". . . to the alleys, waterfront, melodrama, and music of Mumbai. . . is surprisingly moving fraternal bonding. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Aug 19, 2015
7/10 96% We Come as Friends (2015) "Sees Sudan as the epicenter of neocolonial competition between the US and China, and can already see it's about to lead to more war. . .in his pointed political travelogue. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Aug 14, 2015
9/10 100% How to Smell a Rose: A Visit with Ricky Leacock at his Farm in Normandy (2015) "Provides a leisurely, insightful history of documentaries that parallels the filmmaker's biography, done in the style he championed, by Les Blank, who he greatly influenced. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Aug 12, 2015
8/10 68% Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet (2015) "Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet beautifully updates a beloved global classic for modern family audiences, with a dazzling array of animation styles to fill the eyes (and to hold kids' attention). " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Aug 12, 2015
8/10 72% The Kindergarten Teacher (Haganenet) (2015) "You may be perplexed or shocked if you take it literally; thoughtful, if you consider it social criticism; or get carried away to consider it allegory. You won't forget it. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Aug 3, 2015
6/10 74% The Outrageous Sophie Tucker (2015) "Strongest when reveals her innovations in musical style and marketing, weakest when it strings together anecdotes. . . Original materials are seen in constant montages. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Jul 24, 2015
9/10 98% Phoenix (2015) "Vintage setting for the moral ambiguities of film noir, while creating a new showcase for Petzold's frequent muse Nina Hoss to create an indelible character. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Jul 24, 2015
9/10 85% A Poem Is A Naked Person (2015) "Russell embodies history of Southern rock, with roots proudly showing. . .Cultural heritage [as] living, breathing, rocking and rolling inspiration, is wonderfully preserved. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Jul 12, 2015
10/10 76% Zarafa (2015) "High-quality, gorgeous looking, entertaining, child-focused, attention-keeping tale imparts history, social significance, cultural diversity and value of passing on stories. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Jul 12, 2015
9/10 92% Mala Mala (2015) "Fascinating, absorbing, sensitive documentary. . .guided through the trans community in Puerto Rico. . ., thoughtful about male/female stereotypes [and] individuality. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Jul 10, 2015
4/10 97% Tangerine (2015) "A few touching moments. . . Is having a transgender woman character . . . played by a transgender woman . . .supposed to make this minstrel show amusing or satirical? " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Jul 10, 2015
7/10 87% Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon (2015) "Film allows for viewing the full extent of the Nat Lamp comedy empire, with rapid-fire montage of . . . boundless energy to offend everyone and everything for 30 years. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Jul 8, 2015
7/10 89% Cartel Land (2015) "Captures the positives of [organized vigilantes'] grassroots community organizing, as well as their far scarier prejudices that can lead to anarchy and corruption. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Jul 3, 2015
6/10 No Score Yet This Is My Land "Uneven and sometimes confusing. . . the documentary effectively demonstrates the impact of passionate teacher on young students' formative attitudes. . .in 6 diverse schools. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Jun 30, 2015
6/10 No Score Yet Beats Of The Antonov "Despite disjointed editing and frustratingly minimal subtitled lyrics, the pride of culture to bolster people's sense of humanity and identity comes through loud and clear. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Jun 30, 2015
7/10 No Score Yet The Dream Of Shahrazad "Through the shared heritage of "1,001 Arabian Nights". . ., the power of storytelling movingly demonstrates how to cross barriers of class, religion, and politics. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Jun 30, 2015
9/10 No Score Yet No Land's Song "Musician Sara Najafi. . .brings tradition of women singing back to Iran [while] her brother follows her gutsy, patient and clever path as creative politically as artistically " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Jun 30, 2015
9/10 No Score Yet Life Is Sacred "This fresh, unconventional campaign is amazingly uncynical. . . as a teaching moment in commitment to democracy in action for all his supporters [and a] shining example. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Jun 29, 2015
9/10 No Score Yet Burden Of Peace "What a Hollywood hero should look like! . . The first villains she faces down are bureaucrats. . . [then] against the leader of the former junta. . .The suspense ratchets up. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Jun 29, 2015
8/10 No Score Yet The Trials Of Spring "From Egypt. . . sobering look at impact on women . . . We see one grow in confidence as she works for legal rights. . .and passes on. . . her hard-won knowledge and empathy. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Jun 29, 2015
6/10 73% The Wanted 18 (2015) "Once upon a time. . .absurdist comedy. . .[of] idealistically impractical. . .[I]interviews. . .reenactments, amusing talking animals. . . [don't] provide nonviolent model. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Jun 29, 2015
8/10 79% The Yes Men Are Revolting (2015) "Are they burned out or will they manage to capitalize on a new generation of activists to train?. . . This informative and entertaining joint portrait is encouraging start. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Jun 29, 2015
9/10 93% The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution (2015) "Extraordinary archival footage, . .TV news clips, newspapers, rare illustrations and photographs and frank. . .interviews with former, gray-haired Panthers from across U.S.. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Jun 29, 2015
8/10 90% (T)ERROR (2015) "Startlingly intimate portrait of nformant honing in on a potential terrorist, like we've only seen in fictionalized features on undercovers with gangs and organized crime. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Jun 29, 2015
9/10 100% Of Men And War (2015) "So many war films talk about U.S. veterans suffering from PTSD. . . shows someone actually doing something effective about it - of veterans, for veterans, and by veterans. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Jun 29, 2015
9/10 96% The Look of Silence (2015) "Families, literally step-by-step, track their relatives from their arrests, to prisons, to torture chambers, to killing fields and rivers of drowning. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Jun 29, 2015
7/10 100% 3 And 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets (2015) "[R]evealing case study of justice grappling with the lethal intersection of racism and guns. . . delves beneath the stereotypes that touched off the fatal encounter. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Jun 29, 2015
8/10 89% A Borrowed Identity (2015) "With Israeli Arabs. . .rarely seen in mainstream films, it creatively explores crossing psychological boundaries exacerbated by language, education, class, culture, racism. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Jun 27, 2015
No Score Yet Mr. Rakowski "In the wrenching Mr. Rakowski, Dutch filmmaker Jan Diederen almost seems to have been hired to mediate between father and son to bring about a reconciliation. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Jun 11, 2015
9/10 100% Stray Dog (2015) "Through extraordinary intimate cinema verité, Granik goes beyond affecting lesson in loyalty and patriotism to gradually defy stereotyped images of soldiers and masculinity. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Jun 6, 2015
6/10 96% Girlhood (2015) "[From] urgent, fast-moving cinematography, intense close-ups. . . and percussive soundtrack. . . to cautionary tale of the limits of being a young black female in France. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Jun 6, 2015
8/10 85% Above and Beyond (2015) "Nimbly combines salty old dog storytellers regaling the swashbuckling derring-do of their youth with ILM's whiz bang special effects for a thrilling documentary ride. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Jun 6, 2015
8/10 91% Love & Mercy (2015) "Shifting from tortured way Brian made beautiful music in the '60's, it becomes a lovely and compelling love story, propelling the film to appeal to more than nostalgic fans. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Jun 5, 2015
8/10 79% 24 Days (2015) "As tensely suspenseful as it is shocking. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted May 29, 2015
7/10 92% In My Father's House (2015) "Che's mission to lift his father up. . .intimately demonstrates [how] health care, education and supportive housing. . .help a motivated man gain confidence and his life. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted May 1, 2015
10/10 100% Democrats (2015) "Anything but a dry lesson in political compromise, inspiring verité doc is a thrilling, suspenseful, scary, and astonishingly intimate view of. . .difficult negotiations. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Apr 24, 2015
10/10 100% In Transit "Late Maysles beautifully passes the baton of his direct cinema. . . Celebration of his knack for making people comfortable enough to offer heartfelt and natural revelations. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Apr 24, 2015
7/10 54% Woman in Gold (2015) "Crusty octogenarian and exasperated man team up to wring justice from 50-yr-old wrongs. . .with charged interplay. . .to make legacy of Nazis' plunder of art a personal cause " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Apr 14, 2015
7/10 80% My Italian Secret: The Forgotten Heroes (2015) "For the impact of the Holocaust on Italy. . .fills in a gap with personal stories and return visits of Jews who were hidden. . . and about the extent of collaboration. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Mar 31, 2015
5/10 77% Cupcakes (2015) "Comic froth makes a few gentle jabs, but feels more like same triumph of be-true-to-thyself mantra of "Glee" with predictable romance and similar family conflict resolutions. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Mar 31, 2015
7/10 94% The Wrecking Crew (2015) "Pays fond tribute to the musicians who were behind so much of the rock 'n' roll soundtrack of boomers' lives [as] an insiders' memoir . . . in loose, not chronological edit. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Mar 22, 2015
7/10 20% Kidnapping Mr. Heineken (2015) "Strong class consciousness, a thriller [and] character study of men quixotically driven to a desperate act [with] chases through picturesque Amsterdam and intense...ensemble. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Mar 16, 2015
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