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2007 Stories by J. Hoberman

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  • Like a Complete Unknown

    published November 29, 2007

    I'm Not There is the movie of the year — but to whom does Todd Haynes's Bob Dylan biopic actually belong, and when was it really... More >>

  • Revelations

    published November 15, 2007

    A doom-ridden pulp cabalist with a dark sense of purpose as well as humor, Richard Kelly shoots the moon with his rich, strange, and very funny... More >>

  • All in the Family

    published November 8, 2007

    Before the Devil Knows You're Dead is less Sidney Lumet's comeback than his resurrection. Three years after being presented a Lifetime... More >>

  • Social Suicide

    published November 8, 2007

    Wristcutters: A Love Story, a well-wrought indie written and directed by Goran Dukic, has to be the kewpie doll of current zombie flicks:... More >>

  • Protect the Legacy

    published November 8, 2007

    Jonathan Demme, who directed Tom Hanks to an Oscar as the AIDS-afflicted lawyer in Philadelphia, may be the most well-meaning filmmaker in... More >>

  • Harlem Knight

    published November 1, 2007

    American Gangster is a movie with obvious gravitas and a familiar argument: Organized crime is outsider capitalism. As archetypal as its... More >>

  • Anatomy of a Murder

    published October 11, 2007

    Calling all pundits. It's a baffling caprice of the zeitgeist to have two studio Westerns released in the same season, 30-odd years after the... More >>

  • Still Cronenberg

    published September 20, 2007

    I've said it before and hope to again: David Cronenberg is the most provocative, original, and consistently excellent North American director of... More >>

  • Still Waiting for That Train

    published September 6, 2007

    Huffing and puffing to resuscitate a long-moribund genre, James Mangold manages to imbue a 50-year-old Western with the semblance of life.... More >>

  • Saying Goodbye To Two Giants of Cinema

    published August 9, 2007

    Ingmar Bergman directed more than 50 features, but he was a significant figure in 20th-century culture in part because he was so obviously... More >>

  • L.A. Story

    published August 2, 2007

    There are first films like Citizen Kane or Breathless, which, as radically new and fully achieved as they are, unfairly overshadow... More >>

  • Man Down

    published July 19, 2007

    Nothing if not appropriate for summer blockbuster season, Werner Herzog's latest feature, based on his 1997 documentary Little Dieter Needs to... More >>

  • Dr. Feelgood

    published June 28, 2007

    "We're Americans. We go into other countries when we need to. It's tricky, but it works." So declares Michael Moore in the midst of his new... More >>

  • Nancy Drew: The New Sincerity

    published June 14, 2007

    So lame it's . . . cool? Nancy Drew, writer-director Andrew Fleming's attempt to jump-start a new Warner Bros. franchise, is a movie... More >>

  • The House Always Wins

    published June 7, 2007

    Lowest Common Denominator-ism writ large and engraved in stone like the Ten Commandments according to Cecil B. DeMille, the Hollywood blockbuster... More >>

  • Suffocation

    published June 7, 2007

    Mystery man of the long-ago Australian new wave, Ray Lawrence evidently has grown less finicky. Lawrence, now 59, made his feature debut with the... More >>

  • Goal(s)!

    published May 17, 2007

    Jafar Panahi is a paradoxical populist. He makes crowd-pleasing art movies, often set in the midst of life — the urban crowd is one of his... More >>

  • Rachel Stein, Showgirl

    published April 19, 2007

    Holland's gift to world cinema, Paul Verhoeven, can be a very bad boy and a very good filmmaker. Any of his movies could have been titled Basic... More >>

  • Nostalgia Trip

    published February 1, 2007

    The Good German, directed by Steven Soderbergh from Joseph Kanon's best seller, is as much simulation as movie. Specifically, it's the... More >>

  • Ace Up His Sleeve

    published January 25, 2007

    New-school genre junk food: Take a Tarantino wanna-be with Sundance credentials, add a large, famous-enough cast and a show-biz backdrop, season... More >>

  • Magic Touch

    published January 18, 2007

    Written and directed by Guillermo del Toro, Pan's Labyrinth is something alchemical. To an astonishing degree, the 42-year-old Mexican... More >>

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