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Nora Lee Mandel

Nora Lee Mandel
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
9/10 59% Memoir of War (La douleur) (2018) Liberation of Paris from Nazis gets a new, personalized perspective, where it serves as the background for one woman living through this fraught period, Marguerite Duras.‐ Film-Forward.com
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
9/10 95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Powerfully, sometimes humorously...encompasses racial , cinematic history...Chilling link between past and present realities. Far more truth in tumultuous film than fiction.‐ Film-Forward.com
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
6/10 100% 40 Years in the Making: The Magic Music Movie (2018) Genial documentary is like your 50th reunion. No big drama, confrontation, revelation or insight. Men maturely make mutual decision to focus on good memories, pleasant music.‐ Film-Forward.com
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
6/10 83% Puzzle (2018) Just focus on how Kelly Macdonald beautifully lets her mid-20th century-type of woman slowly bloom and the inventiveness of Irrfan Khan's irresistible inventor.‐ Film-Forward.com
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
8/10 84% The Captain (Der Hauptmann) (2018) Schwentke intends for these actions to parallel what Wehrmacht participated in against Jews and Roma ...This astute film is an excoriating portrait of Nazism or fascism. ‐ Film-Forward.com
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
6/10 77% Breath (2018) Inappropriate relationships...leave a discomfort to almost overwhelm the convincing portrayal of male adolescent bonhomie, the gorgeous scenery, and fantastic surfing scenes.‐ Film-Forward.com
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2018
8/10 90% Bye Bye Germany (Es war einmal in Deutschland...) (2018) The year: 1946. The place: U.S. Displaced Persons Camp, Frankfurt, Germany. The genre: Comedy. Really, and it's enjoyable and rich with ironic humor and dark undertones.‐ Film-Forward.com
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2018
7/10 78% What Will People Say? (Hva vil folk si) (2018) For portrayal of so-called "honor crime," unique film emotionally touches issues in some 1st generation immigrant communities in West from point of view of 2nd generation.‐ Film-Forward.com
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
9/10 94% RBG (2018) Viewers are moved by the accomplishments and impact tiny Ruth Bader Ginsburg has had on so many lives and how the appreciation of her work is growing across generations.‐ Film-Forward.com
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
5/10 76% The King (2018) Pushes metaphoric parallels between life of Elvis and American exceptionalism as far as his 1962 Rolls-Royce can go. Car and doc break down...Insight gets drowned out . ‐ Film-Forward.com
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
9/10 97% Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (2018) Feminist Western you should've been waiting for! Focusing on violent behavior and its impact on women...straddles tradition and modernity, distinctive look, strong females.‐ Film-Forward.com
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2018
7/10 92% Hitler's Hollywood (2018) Expands..seeing more of Goebbels' propaganda films...to burlesque comedies and musicals...That Third Reich was cinematic self-delusion is intriguing but repeats the obvious.‐ Maven's Nest
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2018
9/10 86% A Bag of Marbles (Un sac de billes) (2018) First-rate example of making difficult history relateable to younger generation...Lovely, clever boys' war story movingly imparts history about the Holocaust and family.‐ Film-Forward.com
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
9/10 100% Keep the Change (2018) The most original romcom in years...infuses this traditional format with more empathy and sweet sincerity than is usually found in this genre...for a special date movie.‐ Film-Forward.com
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
8/10 97% Leaning Into the Wind (2018) Delicately documents recent work, from constructing permanent installations to seasonally temporary, and creating ones so fleeting they can only be seen through this film‐ Film-Forward.com
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2018
7/10 96% Foxtrot (2018) Brings satirical tradition of Catch-22 to the Israeli Defense Forces...Some irony may be lost on foreign audience...but U.S. will appreciate caustic theater of the absurd. ‐ Film-Forward.com
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2018
6/10 71% West of the Jordan River (2018) Interviews mostly liberal Israeli politicians, journalists, and activists in civic organizations working to bridge the gap the government won't cross--feels sadly dated .‐ Film-Forward.com
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
9/10 87% The Post (2018) Absorbing First Amendment thriller rousing success due to behind-scenes business: feminist evolution of Kay Graham (sterling Streep) and step-by-step how feat was achieved .‐ Film-Forward.com
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
6/10 77% In the Land of Pomegranates (2018) Amidst tense airings of grievances, context is set against beautiful images of the disputed homeland, archival footage, and personal testimonials of clashes and cooperation.‐ Film-Forward.com
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
6/10 89% The Force (2017) Seeming transparency, earnest meetings, and revised training procedures all turn out not to have revealed the rotten core of business-as-usual ethics after all.‐ Film-Forward.com
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2017
8/10 79% Cielo (2017) A poet, McAlpine narrates a leisurely tour of the night sky... then listens to the diverse assortment of people who watch and relate to the sky in different quirky ways.‐ Maven's Nest
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
9/10 100% Trouble No More (2017) Lebeau creates a comprehensible context for Bob Dylan's notorious trilogy of faith-based albums...within continuity of protean master of American traditional musical forms.‐ Maven's Nest
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2017
7/10 91% Spielberg (2017) With an extraordinary selection of clips, Lacy illustrates the most obvious father and son theme from his oeuvre...80+ stars give directorial anecdotes from each film. ‐ Maven's Nest
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2017
8/10 71% The Opera House (2018) Rare stills, marvelous footage, glorious archival performance music, and five-decade experiences of charming fans who are the institutional memory, and full of anecdotes‐ Maven's Nest
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2017
6/10 67% Sea Sorrow (2017) Vanessa Redgrave expanded a benefit performance program by her extended activist family into a very personal and very moving PSA...on behalf of ...refugee children.‐ Maven's Nest
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2017
6/10 No Score Yet Hall of Mirrors (2017) Bio-doc plus an informative case study of how old-fashioned shoe leather, observations and curiosity can find overlooked factual evidence even on widely reported global news.‐ Maven's Nest
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2017
6/10 62% Caniba (2017) Approach is abstract aesthetic of exploring transgressive desire...into fascinating look at fundamental, eternally problematical human relationship- sibling love and rivalry.‐ Maven's Nest
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2017
7/10 90% Arthur Miller: Writer (2018) She interviewed [her father] for decades...Adds personal and archival photographs, home movies, and talks with relatives and friends, this is a warm and intimate reflection.‐ FF2 Media
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
7/10 89% Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat (2018) Movingly remembers him -forever young--as unique figure who connected punk, hip hop, hardcore, DIY films, gallery, graffiti and street art, across genres, classes, and races.‐ FF2 Media
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
9/10 94% The Rape Of Recy Taylor (2017) Forceful family interviews, immersive location visits, letters, testimony and articles from Afr-Am papers bring you into 1944 Alabama night...supported by NAACP's Rosa Parks.‐ FF2 Media
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
10/10 99% Faces Places (Visages, villages) (2017) Marvelously creative collaboration with JR extends Varda's unique career and impact...combines her planning and wide-ranging connections with his improv and exuberant energy.‐ FF2 Media
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
9/10 88% First They Killed My Father (2017) Uniquely takes child's eye view of brutal rule of Khmer Rouge in Cambodia...This powerful look back will keep this genocide fresh in mind of viewer, hopefully sensitize them.‐ Film-Forward.com
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
9/10 96% Mudbound (2017) Fresh take on the old-fashioned, socially conscious, epic melodrama...for stunning re-creation of rural Mississippi in the 1940s...with return [of] veterans...gorgeous film.‐ Film-Forward.com
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
8/10 87% Song of Granite (2017) Uses an impressionistic, avant-garde style to capture the essence of Joe Heaney, who is considered Ireland's greatest 20th century singer in the sean nós, "old style."‐ Film-Forward.com
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
6/10 77% No Stone Unturned (2017) Uncovers level of government impunity that should change how law enforcement works with intelligence services, though the implications of broader applicability get lost here.‐ Film-Forward.com
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2017
5/10 85% Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2018) Attracting an array of lovers and male admirers, from too young to too married there's more philosophizing than romance or sex, some verge on selfish clichés of rom coms.‐ FF2 Media
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2017
7/10 95% Zama (2018) Reinvents the historical epic by bringing to life an absurdist look at an unnamed, isolated late 18th Century Spanish colony in South America.‐ FF2 Media
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2017
8/10 74% Spoor (Pokot) (2017) Powerfully capitalizes on the superstitious perception of women being close in touch with nature to call out for environmentalism...Strikingly filmed.‐ FF2 Media
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2017
8/10 99% Lady Bird (2017) Smartly refreshes the rebellious teen girl movie...in a sympathetic way that could appeal to teens and mothers.‐ FF2 Media
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2017
9/10 100% Strong Island (2017) Only a handful of autobiographical films rise beyond trivia or personal angst to be as powerful as Strong Island...finds context and meaning to tell larger American truth.‐ Film-Forward.com
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2017
10/10 97% 1945 (2017) Dramatically suspenseful, beautiful-looking, scarily evocative step back [as] guilt, recrimination, resentment and fear erupt in fields, houses, tavern, pharmacy and church.‐ Maven's Nest
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
7/10 96% One of Us (2017) Goes farther into observing closed Hasidic ultra-Orthodox Jewish community than other nonfiction...The emotional pain of those trying to leave its control tugs at the heart.‐ Film-Forward.com
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2017
5/10 66% Victoria & Abdul (2017) Led gloriously by Dench...the British point of view is portrayed vividly but the Indians' too simplistically...Fazal acts the naif...The film is attractive yet sadly shallow.‐ Film-Forward.com
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2017
7/10 89% Marjorie Prime (2017) Smith's changes of affect are marvelous. More intellectual than emotional, this is perfect for open-ended post-screening discussions. How would your family deal with your AI?‐ Maven's Nest
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
9/10 92% Machines (2016) Unusually and outstandingly filmed documentary is also a stirring socio-economic condemnation...Distills how one...mill reveals impacts of globalization and climate change.‐ Film-Forward.com
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
6/10 89% Black Code (2016) Emphasis on...where populations and government control are growing are vividly illustrated with on-the-ground examples... Some of Deibert's insights are no longer shocking. ‐ Maven's Nest
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2017
6/10 90% Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press (2017) Interviews Gawker editors extensively on personal toll of the suit and liabilities; reporters give inside look at the trial... conclusion gets over dramatic and heavy-handed.‐ Maven's Nest
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2017
9/10 No Score Yet Lindy Lou, Juror Number 2 (2017) Unique, thought-provoking quest through Deep South to talk to her 11 fellow jurors...An unusually brave and frank look at that civic duty that bears a heavy responsibility.‐ Maven's Nest
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2017
9/10 100% The Blood Is at the Doorstep (2017) Extraordinarily detailed examination of police shooting of unarmed mentally ill African-American man and intimate portrait of devastating yet energizing impact on his family.‐ Maven's Nest
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2017
8/10 78% The Workers Cup (2018) Intimately captures how fantasies of opportunities don't get to square with the realities of building the huge facilities needed...Empathetic, insightful look behind.‐ Maven's Nest
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2017