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J. Hoberman

J. Hoberman
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
87% The Black Cat (1934) Wildly expressionistic, the movie has nothing to do with the Poe story from which it takes its title and everything to do with Ulmer's sense of the Nazi menace. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 20, 2016
91% Son of Frankenstein (1939) [Bela Lugosi] pretty much steals the movie in his last really juicy role. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 20, 2016
92% Demon (2016) Demon, Wrona's third and last feature, a Polish-Israeli co-production, is a supernatural film, as well as a family of melodrama and extremely dark comedy. ‐ Tablet
Posted Sep 14, 2016
17% Parental Guidance (2012) A strong candidate for the worst movie I've seen all year. ‐ Tablet
Posted May 5, 2016
38% The Guilt Trip (2012) The Guilt Trip struck me something best viewed on an airplane. ‐ Tablet
Posted May 5, 2016
51% This is 40 (2012) This Is 40 is intermittently funny, frequently embarrassing and, at 134 minutes, quite a bit too long. ‐ Tablet
Posted May 5, 2016
90% Footnote (2012) Everything now in place, Footnote's almost wordless last 15 minutes are exquisitely choreographed ‐ Tablet
Posted May 3, 2016
71% The Loneliest Planet (2012) A triumphantly visual movie, The Loneliest Planet develops an interplay between freedom and confinement. ‐ Tablet
Posted May 3, 2016
71% Dark Horse (2012) An exercise in compassionate misanthropy. ‐ Tablet
Posted May 3, 2016
57% The Dictator (2012) The problem is that, unlike Ali G, Borat, and Brüno, Aladeen is less a force of nature than a scripted performance. ‐ Tablet
Posted May 3, 2016
81% Eva Hesse (2016) Hesse's interest was more a matter of process than product. Begleiter's movie picks up the next two sentences to give Hesse the poignant existential credo that serves as her last word. "Life doesn't last; art doesn't last. It doesn't matter." ‐ Tablet
Posted Apr 26, 2016
80% Staub (Dust) (2007) Dust is characterized by its clean cinematography, uncluttered compositions, and unceasing dialectic. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 7, 2016
65% Rabin, the Last Day (2016) As close as my political beliefs may be to Gitai's and as sympathetic as I am to his analysis, I can't help but mistrust his filmmaking. ‐ Tablet
Posted Feb 1, 2016
94% Room 237 (2013) Do the Kabbalist readings or wild free associations that Room 237 celebrates improve The Shining? Let's say that they create a parallel text: Lost in the Overlook, in search of the overlooked. ‐ Tablet
Posted Dec 31, 2015
88% Hannah Arendt (2013) Hannah Arendt is ultimately a pleasure, because Sukowa plays the most forbidding of intellectuals as a fabulous, passionate doll. ‐ Tablet
Posted Dec 31, 2015
96% The Act Of Killing (2013) Once you grasp just what is being enacted on the screen, The Act of Killing becomes something like a candy-colored moral migraine. An existential nausea is inevitable. ‐ Tablet
Posted Dec 31, 2015
94% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) Isaac's folk-singing Llewyn Davis may be an arrogant loser and the butt of a cosmic joke but he's something more than a cartoon. So is the movie ... ‐ Tablet
Posted Dec 31, 2015
96% The Last of the Unjust (2014) The best one can say for this troubling, if intermittently fascinating, mess is that it succeeds in raising questions, moral as well as aesthetic, that it cannot answer. ‐ Tablet
Posted Dec 31, 2015
76% Noah (2014) The film oscillates between glitzy existential horror and somber showbiz spectacle. ‐ Tablet
Posted Dec 31, 2015
96% Ida (2014) Ida is not only an evocation of early '60s Poland, the period of Pawlikowski's childhood, but a film that gives the illusion that it could have been made then. ‐ Tablet
Posted Dec 31, 2015
84% Listen Up Philip (2014) Well-written, strongly acted, and often very funny ... ‐ Tablet
Posted Dec 31, 2015
98% Phoenix (2015) The movie is fluid, suspenseful, and preposterous-although, more historically than psychologically, and not necessarily in a negative sense. ‐ Tablet
Posted Dec 31, 2015
96% Son of Saul (2015) Increasingly allegorical but never less than visceral (visceral and thoughtful) ... a film about the aftermath of a miracle and then a series of miracles that, in its brutal tact, compassion, and intelligence, is something of a miracle itself. ‐ Tablet
Posted Dec 31, 2015
100% Portrait of Jason (1967) The larger truth is that Jason, who died in obscurity in 1998, and [Portrait of Jason] still have things to teach us about the nature of race, sex, and success in America. ‐ ARTINFO.com
Posted Sep 30, 2015
100% Cousin Jules (2013) The framed monotony of this dailiness show is transfixing. ‐ ARTINFO.com
Posted May 21, 2015
88% The Turin Horse (2012) This great poem on the end of the world is truly a film for the ages. It can't really be described, but only lived. ‐ ARTINFO.com
Posted Sep 18, 2014
83% The Devil Probably (Le diable probablement) (1977) One of the great Robert Bresson's greatest, and least-seen, movies. ‐ ARTINFO.com
Posted May 22, 2014
90% Alphaville (1965) No movie, not even Breathless, better exemplifies the syncretic quality of Godard's early genius. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 1, 2014
60% Salome (1923) Most of the movie is a big buildup to Salomé's dance, basically an absurd little gavotte despite the presence of a clownishly excited Herod and a squad of capering dwarfs. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 5, 2014
100% Spring in a Small Town (1948) Spring is revelatory in a number of ways -- not least in demonstrating how Tian exquisitely refracted a stark contemporary drama through the prism of a double nostalgia. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 29, 2014
79% 8 Women (8 Femmes) (2002) For all the tumultuous entrances and flouncing exits, the eight principals manage maybe three laughs among them. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 9, 2013
72% En la Ciudad de Sylvia (In the City of Sylvia) (2007) José Luis Guerín's fifth feature puts a dreamily minimalist spin on the Orpheus myth ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 14, 2013
3.5/5 82% Aftermath (2013) Predicated on the unraveling of the social fabric, "Aftermath" is a thriller that's meant to stun. ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 25, 2013
46% All Is Bright (2013) You might think you can see where Almost Christmas is heading but it never quite loses its acerbic edge or goes emotionally blooey. ‐ ARTINFO.com
Posted Oct 7, 2013
69% Newlyweeds (2013) Newlyweeds is a movie of excellent riffs, understated timing, and memorable performances. ‐ ARTINFO.com
Posted Sep 23, 2013
100% La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus (2013) La Camioneta is a poetic, even dreamy, film that ultimately conveys the mystical sense of a transmigrated (mechanical) soul. ‐ ARTINFO.com
Posted Aug 1, 2013
97% Jaws (1975) A near Hitchcockian exercise in transference of guilt and making the audience pay for its illicit pleasures. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 29, 2013
88% Persona (1966) [A] masterpiece. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 23, 2013
100% Marketa Lazarová (1967) A wide-screen black-and-white feast for the eyes. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 17, 2013
100% Nancy, Please (2013) The acting is disciplined (particularly impressive in that the characters are uniformly unsympathetic) and the timing is carefully worked out with regards to Paul's slow-motion breakdown. ‐ ARTINFO.com
Posted May 23, 2013
98% The Wild Bunch (1969) Arguably the strongest Hollywood movie of the 1960s -- a western that galvanizes the clichés of its dying genre with a shocking jolt of delirious carnage. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 29, 2013
84% Performance (1970) The movie is a facile enough pastiche of underground pyrotechnics and Euro-art pretensions, but far more evocative now is the fast, offhand repartee between the principals. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 25, 2013
89% Sisters of the Gion (Gion no shimai) (1936) The great Japanese director followed his tough-minded Osaka Elegy with an equally forceful but more subtle analysis of female subjugation. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 26, 2013
86% Blow-Up (1966) A prize '60s artifact, Michelangelo Antonioni's what-is-truth? meditation on Swinging London is a movie to appreciate -- if not ponder. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 4, 2013
88% Starlet (2012) As its title suggests, "Starlet" is a Hollywood story, albeit one that Hollywood would not be likely to produce. ‐ ARTINFO.com
Posted Nov 15, 2012
96% The Birds (1963) Hitch's much misappreciated follow-up to Psycho is arguably the greatest of all disaster films -- a triumph of special effects, as well as the fountainhead of what has become known as gross-out horror. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 9, 2012
92% Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2012) 157-minute police procedural at once sensuous and cerebral, profane and metaphysical, "empty" and abundant, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia is closer to the Antonioni of L'Avventura, and it elevates the 52-year-old director to a new level of achievement. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 3, 2012
99% A Separation (2011) What's fascinating is how the various issues -- religious or practical -- are played out in these two quite different families, yet always come down to irreconcilable differences between rebellious women and their stiff-necked, controlling men. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 27, 2011
86% The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) An altogether leaner, meaner, more high-powered, stylish, and deftly directed affair, though similarly hampered by a too-long narrative fuse. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 20, 2011
76% War Horse (2011) Dialogue is superfluous; in its way, War Horse is as much a "silent movie" as The Artist. Every triumph is pounded into your head and punctuated by a dolly-in close-up. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 20, 2011