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2006 Stories by J. Hoberman

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  • Don't Believe the Hype

    published December 21, 2006

    History repeats itself: 11 Decembers ago, Universal had the season's strongest movie — a downbeat sci-fi flick freely adapted from a... More >>

  • Apocalypto Now!

    published December 7, 2006

    Apocalypto has a faux Greek title and an opening quote from historian Will Durant that ruminates on the decline of imperial Rome. It may... More >>

  • North by Northwest

    published November 30, 2006

    A dozen years ago, Kelly Reichardt made her feature debut with a wonderfully desultory, nearly avant-garde riff on the last romantic couple.... More >>

  • Fountain of Shame

    published November 23, 2006

    Solemn, flashy, and flabbergasting, The Fountain — adapted by Darren Aronofsky from his own graphic novel — should really be... More >>

  • Freak, Out

    published November 23, 2006

    Do artists actually see more than ordinary people? That's what my high school art teacher thought. So, apparently, does Nicole Kidman — or at... More >>

  • There's the Beef

    published November 16, 2006

    Fast Food Nation, directed by Richard Linklater from Eric Schlosser's 2001 best-selling exposé of the McDonald's conspiracy, is an... More >>

  • Assassination Tango

    published November 9, 2006

    Manufactured history guarantees a manufactured controversy: Gabriel Range's Death of a President, which docudramatizes the 2007... More >>

  • On the Road

    published November 2, 2006

    Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan is funnier than its malapropistic title — the... More >>

  • Royal Pains

    published October 19, 2006

    The Queen is more fun than any movie about the violent death of a 36-year-old woman has a right to be. It's also as exotic an... More >>

  • French Confection

    published October 19, 2006

    Drop-dead hip or cluelessly clueless? Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette, a candy-colored portrait of France's infamous teen queen, is a... More >>

  • Magical History Tour

    published October 12, 2006

    Generic VH1 rock doc The U.S. vs. John Lennon is snazzy, mawkish, and practically Pavlovian in recycling all requisite late-'60s images.... More >>

  • Bait and Switch

    published October 5, 2006

    No studio director was a greater hero to the Hong Kong new wave than Martin Scorsese. John Woo dedicated The Killer to him; Wong Kar-wai... More >>

  • Playtime

    published September 28, 2006

    Sweet, crazy, and tinged with sadness, Michel Gondry's new feature, The Science of Sleep, is a wondrous concoction. The tricksy romantic... More >>

  • Ghost World

    published September 14, 2006

    Directed by Brian De Palma from the novel by neo-noirist James Ellroy, The Black Dahlia is a true-crime policier unfolding in... More >>

  • Detective Comics

    published September 7, 2006

    If Superman Returns attempted to resurrect the Man of Steel as mythic hero, the season's other Superman movie wants to disabuse us of any... More >>

  • Tube Boobs

    published April 20, 2006

    Wanna knock the prez? Let's make a show . . . preferably on television. Paul Weitz's new satire American Dreamz imagines the Bush regime... More >>

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