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Nora Lee Mandel

Nora Lee Mandel
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2016
8/10 83% Chapter & Verse (2017) 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2016
7/10 75% 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
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2016
8/10 86% The Lure (Córki dancingu) (2017) 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
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2016
9/10 90% Marshland (La isla mínima) (2014) 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2016
8/10 No Score Yet Home Care (Domaci Pece) (2015) 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
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2016
8/10 No Score Yet Simshar (2014) Deftly crosses two real, dramatic tragedies in Mediterranean. . .Accessible suspense and heart, humanizes migrants, poignantly illustrates impact on fishermen and ships.‐ Maven's Nest
Read More | Posted May 24, 2016
9/10 No Score Yet Spartacus & Cassandra (2015) 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
Read More | Posted May 24, 2016
5/10 20% 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
Read More | Posted May 4, 2016
7/10 94% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2016
9/10 No Score Yet Abandoned Goods (2014) 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
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2016
8/10 No Score Yet João Bénard da Costa (2015) 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
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2016
9/10 No Score Yet Je suis le peuple (I Am the People) (2015) 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2016
8/10 91% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2016
8/10 71% Raavanan (Villain) (2010) Very satisfying entertainment for the eyes, ears and heart - mythic romance and action adventure to a throbbing beat.‐ Maven's Nest
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2016