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J. Hoberman

J. Hoberman
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2011
83% Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) Best known for Let the Right One In, the bleak tween vampire drama remade here as Let Me In, Alfredson is strong on chilly atmospherics.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2011
80% Young Adult (2011) Young Adult might be brushed off as curdled rom-com were it not for two things. The first is the depth of Theron's performance.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2011
79% Shame (2011) Was that an angel of hope riding to work on the Lexington Avenue local? Does the Lord really live in this cold, ethereal New York City? And is anyone even interested?‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2011
81% House of Pleasures (2011) Glamorously louche.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2011
77% A Dangerous Method (2011) As cataclysmic as it is, this historically scrupulous science-fiction romance concerning the discovery of the unconscious mind might have been titled War of the Worlds or The Beast From 5,000 Fathoms.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2011
96% The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) A 1943 Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger collaboration so unambiguously satirizing the military mind-set that Prime Minister Winston Churchill tried to have it banned.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2011
89% The Descendants (2011) It left me cold. The pathos is as unearned as the protagonist's privilege.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2011
43% J. Edgar (2011) Although hardly flawless, Eastwood's biopic is his richest, most ambitious movie since the Letters From Iwo Jima-Flags of Our Fathers duo, if not Unforgiven.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2011
81% The Bride Wore Black (1968) For all of Truffaut's digressive asides, deadpan gags, and lyrical cinephiliac touches, his slow-starting movie is overly schematic, emotionally shallow, and not so much fun.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2011
100% Sometimes a Great Notion (Never Give an Inch) (1971) A New Hollywood movie suffused in Old Hollywood values.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2011
50% The Rum Diary (2011) The Rum Diary could use a shot of the mania that fueled Terry Gilliam's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. As deadpan as he is, Depp could use a crazed Benicio Del Toro to complement his cool.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2011
99% Le Havre (2011) Le Havre is utopian precisely because it shows everything as it is not.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2011
90% Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011) A deft, old-school psychological thriller (or perhaps horror film) that relies mainly on the power of suggestion and memories of hippie cult crazies.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2011
79% Melancholia (2011) We are alone, and yet Melancholia dares to imagine (and insist we do as well) the one event that might bring us all together.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2011
95% Weekend (1967) This apocalyptic farce-Alice in Wonderland as reconceived by the Marquis de Sade-would mark both the high point and the end of Godard's meteoric career as a popular artist.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2011
92% Drive (2011) The film... has a kind of daredevil control, swerving dangerously close to and abruptly away from self-parody.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2011
95% Silent Souls (2011) At 75 minutes, Silent Souls has the sustained flow of a musical composition.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2011
87% Bobby Fischer Against The World (2011) Garbus handles this decline with tact. The sorry spectacle of the ranting codger never effaces the image of the boy concentrating his entire being over a chessboard. You have to love that kid and pity him.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2011
91% The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (2011) Black nationalism lives and breathes in this remarkably fresh documentary assembled by Göran Hugo Olsson.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2011
73% Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (2011) Still, for all the 40-year-old filmmaker's interpolated animations and puppets, for the insouciant, slapdash tone that characterizes his graphic novels, and for his protagonist's proclivity for scandal, the movie is too timidly conceived by half.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2011
80% Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (2011) Magnificent and cheesy, the latest and most proudly absurd of Chinese historical spectaculars, Detective Dee is a cinematic comic book for people who are sick of the mode.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2011
100% Battleship Potemkin (1925) For all Potemkin's rabble-rousing propaganda, Eisenstein's aestheticism is everywhere apparent.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2011
91% Tales from the Golden Age (2011) Bracketed by the Ceausescu anthem, the movie recalls a social disaster in painstaking detail and with a measure of ambivalent love.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2011
No Score Yet Ostalgie Recalls a social disaster in painstaking detail and with a measure of ambivalent love.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2011
84% Mysteries of Lisbon (2011) Say what you will about 19th-century literature -- they had stories in those days (and stories within stories).‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2011
70% Magic Trip (2011) Gibney and Ellwood have a sense of historical evanescence and inevitability.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2011
71% The Future (2011) Sophie's (or is it July's?) coy narcissism becomes a criticism of itself, and her "sadness" turns into something truly sad. In short, I have seen The Future and it's heartbreaking.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2011
91% Point Blank (2011) A wildly improbable adrenaline-pumper, replete with fierce shoot-outs, mad metro chases, and one very tough delivery.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2011
91% Tabloid (2011) Absurd as it sounds, Joyce's conviction is not only convincing but contagious. So, too, is her elastic sense of reality-a 90-minute immersion in her world is enough to make you question your own.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2011
100% Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness (2011) In the spirit of the Sholem Aleichem oeuvre, Laughing in the Darkness is a collective family album.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2011
75% Romeo & Juliet in Yiddish (2011) Annenberg's attitudinous Shakespeare riff is a unique blend of psychodrama, ethnographic experimentation, and high-concept hustle.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2011
86% Terri (2011) The cast is spirited, the premise is honest, and the direction is sufficiently skillful to obscure most of the platitudes inherent in the material.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2011
75% Aurora (2011) Aurora is not a movie to make you glad that you exist; it's a movie that makes you aware that you do.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2011
79% Page One: Inside the New York Times (2011) Will Page One lead American kids to that golden city behind the pay wall on their iPad? Not sure about that, but the movie is at least someone's answered prayer.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2011
89% The Trip (2011) The verbal jousts are droll and the countryside is splendid, although the food -- an endless succession of fussy little presentations -- may be an acquired taste.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2011
82% Super 8 (2011) Named for an obsolete cinema technology, Super 8 is involving enough to create its own reality.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2011
59% Film socialisme (2011) Film Socialisme deflects interpretation but, so long as one subscribes to the William Carlos Williams injunction "No ideas but in things," it's filled with sensuous pleasures.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 31, 2011
90% Out of the Blue (1982) A genuinely alarming miasma of misplaced sexuality and rock 'n' roll fetishism.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 31, 2011
93% United Red Army (2011) Grueling [but] engrossing.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 24, 2011
75% Everything Must Go (2011) I can't dismiss the desperate social realism of a movie offering the solace of a bromide found in a fortune cookie.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 11, 2011
92% City of Life and Death (2011) Lu's distinction lies in the cinematic virtuosity he brings to orchestrating carnage, the calculated attention he pays to human interest, and the globalist, universalizing attitude inherent in both.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 11, 2011
73% Octubre (2011) There's a message here regarding loneliness and emotional isolation, but the movie's real miracle is that, however precious its premise, this slow-burning not-quite heart-warmer never succumbs to cuteness.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 3, 2011
61% The Beaver (2011) Mel's character isn't on Prozac, but the movie is -- a succession of bland camera setups, cued to a highly conventional score. Would that the direction were half as nutty as the script or as wacked-out as its star!‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 3, 2011
96% Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2011) One of the few justifiable recent excursions into 3-D.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2011
96% The Arbor (2011) Barnard revisits the foredoomed career and tragic afterlife of this slum-born self-educated writer to electrifying effect, shooting mainly on location in Bradford, with actors lip-synched to actual recordings of the people they portray.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2011
No Score Yet The Naked Island (Hadaka no shima) (1960) The Naked Island borders on kitsch. Still, once seen it is not easily forgotten-the myth of Sisyphus transposed to Tahiti. ‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2011
57% To Die Like A Man (2011) A mysterious, fabulously sad fable about the final months of a fado-singing, pooch-pampering drag diva.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2011
86% Meek's Cutoff (2011) Recalls Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man and even Werner Herzog's Aguirre: The Wrath of God in its evocation of frontier surrealism and manifest-destiny madness; the Reichardt approach is, however, more stringent and pointed in its weirdness.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2011
93% The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte) (2011) Grave, beautiful, austerely comic, and casually metempsychotic, Michelangelo Frammartino's Le Quattro Volte is one of the wiggiest nature documentaries -- or almost-documentaries -- ever made.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2011