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Nora Lee Mandel

Nora Lee Mandel
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
9/10 97% 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 80% 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 73% 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 92% Bright Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2017) 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 89% Zama (2017) 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
8/10 100% 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 93% 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 95% 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 65% 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 91% 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 86% 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 89% 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 No Score Yet 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 (2017) 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
8/10 No Score Yet The Good Postman (2016) Microcosm of Eastern European impacts and debates...Where Ivan sees refugees...pointing to positive development, others complain...and hopeful vibes depressingly dissipate. ‐ Maven's Nest
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2017
9/10 100% Nowhere To Hide (2017) Inside view of the war in Iraq is revealing eye-opener for Americans who turned away when the U.S. pulled out in late 2011...five vividly chronicled years...a powerful diary. ‐ Maven's Nest
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2017
7/10 100% 500 Years (2017) Valuable and frequently moving overview...of cross-cultural coalitions...clear and accessible in presenting struggles and points of view of Guatemala's indigenous peoples.‐ Film-Forward.com
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2017
6/10 96% Menashe (2017) Sympathy is generated...but not sustained drama...Sensitive portrayal [but] such a respectfully realistic but modest story as Menashe can leave the audience saying "So nu?".‐ Film-Forward.com
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
6/10 74% Amnesia (2017) Sunsets overlooking the Mediterranean are always gorgeous here... The setting is an ironic contrast to the dark questions of moral responsibility that finally need sunshine.‐ Film-Forward.com
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2017
9/10 84% The Fencer (Miekkailija) (2017) Athlete fleeing Stalin, war-weary waifs learning elite sport vs Soviets, based on true story, plus has a sweet romance, filmed in beautiful seasons: irresistibly gratifying.‐ Maven's Nest
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
9/10 100% Brillo Box (3 cents off) (2016) Delightfully combines family memoir with photos and art history thru quick montages...She gets to essence of irony of pop art as aesthetic object mocking commercial culture.‐ Maven's Nest
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2017
10/10 100% The Cinema Travellers (2016) Rises above ethnographic interest to showcase universality and brotherhood of dedicated film fans...to document in verité style, with great sympathy...a business changing.‐ Maven's Nest
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2017
8/10 95% Karl Marx City (2017) In searching for a reason [for her father's suicide], she gains mature insights about her family, her neighbors, and the true nature of the society around them [in ex-GDR].‐ Maven's Nest
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2017
9/10 100% The Illinois Parables (2016) Thematically linked experimental documentary "suite" uses strong resonant images, with some re-enactments, to show how the land and prairie landscape don't forget the past.‐ Maven's Nest
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2017
8/10 96% 13th (2016) Brings facts and fury to wide audience...Interviews set in visually striking spaces...Very effectively repeats and juxtaposes 100 years of archival images and code words. ‐ Maven's Nest
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2017
8/10 100% I Am the Blues (2015) A blues fan's ultimate road trip through the Mississippi Delta and Louisiana bayous to see and hear the oldest living progenitors singing and playing in their home towns.‐ Film-Forward.com
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2017
8/10 99% City of Ghosts (2017) Not only has most of its footage [not] been seen before, but [RBSS] founders' narration of risks taken to bring out startling images adds important layer of understanding. ‐ Film-Forward.com
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
8/10 77% 13 Minutes (Elser) (2017) Absorbing and gripping... would seem like just another fiction...of attempts to assassinate Hitler...if this early near miss wasn't true and carried out by one regular guy.‐ Film-Forward.com
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
8/10 96% The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography (2017) Lovely portrait of a haimish artist, self-described "nice Jewish girl," friendly and homey...most charming centerpiece is the montage of the everyday people... who hired her.‐ Film-Forward.com
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
7/10 No Score Yet Complicit (2017) Heartbreakingly documents...migrant workers who flock from rural areas...as giggly teenagers...[and by] 23 have sick bodies weakened by pain...from occupational illnesses.‐ FF2 Media
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
9/10 No Score Yet The Grown-Ups (2016) Beautifully demonstrates paternalistic issues... Intimately shows..challenges and discrimination through daily lives of distinctive, sympathetic [adults with Down Syndrome].‐ FF2 Media
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
8/10 No Score Yet Lost in Lebanon (2017) Documents psychological impact of war [and] the migrant crisis in N. Lebanon. Closely follows people who would be disarmingly "normal" in U.S...get more depressed and angry.‐ FF2 Media
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2017
7/10 100% No Dresscode Required (Etiqueta no rigurosa) (2017) Makes years of dragged out, increasingly absurd legal proceedings surprisingly absorbing. Captures how the case changes two men into mature activists fed up with humiliation.‐ FF2 Media
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2017
7/10 100% The Apology (2016) Expands public's knowledge about WW2-era "comfort women" enslaved by Japanese Army...Emotional wallop surmounts unclear political negotiations and confusing organization.‐ FF2 Media
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2017
10/10 100% Dawson City: Frozen Time (2017) Beautifully interweaves three marvelous stories, and is a must for cinephiles, history buffs, and anyone who just loves a fascinating tale told entertainingly. ..Enchanting..‐ Film-Forward.com
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
8/10 68% The Journey (2017) [H]opeful example that peace is possible between bitter enemies...makes this amazing transformation believable and holds them up as grown-up model for other antagonists ‐ Film-Forward.com
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
7/10 86% The Wedding Plan (2017) Transcends [a] gimmicky premise to find a genuinely poignant sweet spot...Key to the film's charm and sincerity is Noa Kooler ...Refreshingly, the women are not stereotypes.‐ Film-Forward.com
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2017
8/10 76% The Exception (The Kaiser's Last Kiss) (2017) Fine acting ensemble successfully, absorbingly intertwines fictional characters with historical figures [in] a sexy separate peace...Enticing, believable thriller for adults‐ Maven's Nest
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2017
6/10 96% The Women's Balcony (Ismach Hatani) (2017) A comic celebration of tradition...Insightful portrait of the more extremist rabbi...The message of this cute and ultimately complacent movie: Enjoy the back of the bus!‐ Maven's Nest
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
6/10 92% Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe (2017) Staid bio-flick [gets] injection of vitality with Barbara Sukowa...Sadness of exile from language, culture, and country permeates every gorgeous frame.‐ Maven's Nest
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
9/10 88% Norman (Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer) (2017) Ranks among the best political satires...is already one of the most relevant films of the year...Creates a mensch [with] Gere's transformative and touching performance.‐ Film-Forward.com
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
6/10 100% Ben-Gurion, Epilogue (2016) Serviceable visual history lesson of 20th century Israel through the eyes of the man who was at the center of its founding...Film portrays him as a very pragmatic politician.‐ Maven's Nest
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
7/10 No Score Yet Cloudy Sunday (Ouzeri Tsitsanis) (2015) 1st film showing decimation of Thessaloniki's Sephardic Jews...and resistance/Nazi collaboration...Despite initially uneven acting, quite moving...and lovely Tsitsanis music.‐ Maven's Nest
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2017
7/10 61% The Zookeeper's Wife (2017) Gripping adaption... honors Poles who risked death to help Jews and resist [Nazis]...Zabinskis well-deserved this exciting cinematic tribute...without fictional challenges.‐ Film-Forward.com
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
8/10 96% I Called Him Morgan (2017) The director's patience over many years in meticulously putting all the elements together...beautifully recovers the memory and artistry of Lee Morgan and his milieu.‐ Film-Forward.com
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
7/10 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) A busily sumptuous feast for the eyes and ears ...with three new songs...deserved PG rating...exhausting watching the film.‐ Maven's Nest
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2017