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J. Hoberman

J. Hoberman
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
50% Mildred Pierce (2011) The miniseries is far more faithful to the tawdry class shenanigans of Cain's novel than any of the author's characters are to each other.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2011
99% Taxi Driver (1976) Like Werner Herzog's Aguirre or Coppola's Apocalypse Now, Taxi Driver is auteurist psychodrama.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2011
91% La Peau douce (The Soft Skin) (1964) François Truffaut's fourth feature, The Soft Skin, has never gotten much respect -- even though many people (myself included) regard it as one of his best.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2011
89% Certified Copy (Copie Conforme) (2011) Abbas Kiarostami's Certified Copy is exactly that: The Iranian modernist's first feature to be shot in the West is a flawless riff on our indigenous art cinema.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2011
No Score Yet Diary, 1937-1983 (2011) A meandering stream of consciousness that mixes daily life with historical events.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2011
72% The Adjustment Bureau (2011) The so-called Plan is derailed! ‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2011
88% Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2011) A work of unostentatious beauty and uncloying sweetness, at once sophisticated and artless, mysterious and matter-of-fact, cosmic and humble.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2011
94% Diary of a Country Priest (Journal d'un curé de campagne) (1954) The movie is experiential: The priest's suffering is not to be explained but lived.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2011
92% Of Gods and Men (2011) Contemplative as it means to be, Of Gods and Men is not without generic excitement.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2011
72% We Are What We Are (2011) We Are What We Are is a darkly comic social allegory as well as an atmospheric little genre flick.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2011
86% Cedar Rapids (2011) A mild comedy of embarrassment, set in the dark heart of Middle America.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2011
39% The Eagle (2011) A thunderous boys' adventure of the old-school type.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2011
77% Cold Weather (2011) Not a riff on mystery stories so much as it is a riff, pure and simple, on the mystery of stories.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2011
100% Into Eternity (2011) Defamiliarizing the snowy Nordic landscape, this delicately lurid documentary has a somber beauty. It is meant to boggle the mind and inspire awe-and it does.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2011
59% Kaboom (2011) [Araki's] assembled the best-looking cast in town and it's largely his gaga appreciation that makes the movie so much fun.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2011
75% The Way Back (2011) There's even a sense in which the movie is about its own logistics, although it would take a fanatic like Werner Herzog to turn that into compelling cinema.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2011
95% The Woodmans (2011) A haunting study in family dynamics.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2011
43% The Green Hornet (2011) The Green Hornet provides a half-hour's worth of mildly entertaining travesty before collapsing in a clamor of bombastic action sequences and lame wisecracks.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2011
67% Go Go Tales (2007) A highly personal movie, Go Go Tales finds Ferrara in a frenzied yet pensive mode.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2011
65% If I Want To Whistle, I Whistle (2011) It's a measure of the movie's success that one oscillates between two despairs -- noting the abject failure of the system and the utter futility of revolt.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2011
90% The Illusionist (L'illusionniste) (2010) For its 80 minutes, the movie creates the illusion that not just Tati but his form of cerebral slapstick lives.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2010
96% True Grit (2010) True Grit is well-wrought, if overly talkative, and seriously ambitious, returning the Coens to the all-American sagebrush and gun smoke landscape that has best nourished their wise-guy sensibility‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2010
51% Tron Legacy (2010) Given the movie's graphic pizzazz, the best hippie wisdom Bridges might offer the viewer is: Turn off your mind, relax, and float downstream. ‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2010
38% Casino Jack (2010) An improbably blithe cautionary tale, recounting the rise and fall of D.C. superlobbyist Jack Abramoff.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2010
91% Vengeance (Fuk sau) (2010) Vengeance tempers tough-guy sentimentality with schoolyard existentialism.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2010
90% The Fighter (2010) After a volatile first half, Micky eclipses Dicky, and The Fighter settles into a predictably rutted narrative arc.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2010
87% Black Swan (2010) Black Swan is something like a 100-minute swoon. The camera lurches, leaps, and pirouettes; in some scenes, it feels as if it's being tossed around the stage along with Portman. Kitsch this bombastic becomes something primal.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2010
0% Nutcracker in 3D (2010) The wildest thing about this movie is its faith that what kids (and parents) really want for Christmas is a Nutcracker version of the Final Solution.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2010
95% The King's Speech (2010) A picnic for Anglophiles, not to mention a prospective Oscar bonanza for the brothers Weinstein, The King's Speech is a well-wrought, enjoyably amusing inspirational drama that successfully humanizes, even as it pokes fun at, the House of Windsor.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2010
No Score Yet Sun Ra - The Cry of Jazz (1959) Its dramatization of the passionate argument between black and white members of a Chicago "jazz appreciation club" is as provocatively stilted and crudely didactic as anything in Brecht (or Oscar Micheaux).‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2010
88% White Material (2010) [Claire Denis's] tense, convulsive White Material is a portrait of change and a thing of terrible beauty.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2010
No Score Yet Voulez-vous coucher avec God? (2010) Slapdash, but not badly made, this exercise in Yippie vaudeville employs Claymation and television, as well as a bevy of naked houris, to hold one's attention--although it does fall apart midway.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2010
79% Tiny Furniture (2010) Tiny Furniture is a comedy of youthful confusion that gets its kick not only for evoking a world of unromantic hookups, casual BJs, and iPhone porn, but for satirizing New York's bourgeois bohemia.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2010
90% Ne change rien (2010) Call it the Passion of Jeanne: Accompanied for much of the movie by a single reverb-heavy guitar and a snare drum, Balibar demonstrates a carefully calibrated lack of affect and a voice as smoky as a carton of Gitanes.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2010
91% Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench (2010) The movie is at once fresh and retro, a casual three-mumblechord affair glamorized by its exuberant nostalgia for pop bop of the late '50s and the then-new wave excitement of Shadows and Breathless.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2010
89% Inspector Bellamy (2010) It's an ostensive crime film at once symmetrical, surprising, and knowingly cinephilic.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2010
93% Boxing Gym (2010) There's no disputing the cumulative authority of Wiseman's ongoing Human Comedy or ignoring the influence that his epic observational style has had on fiction filmmakers.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2010
91% Alamar (To the Sea) (2010) As much home movie as neorealist non-narrative, Alamar provides a nearly hypnotic immersion in the brilliantly aqua, impossibly tranquil Caribbean -- a Paradise Regained not just for Natan but for everyone.‐ L.A. Weekly
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2010
46% Hereafter (2010) Multiple story lines cross international borders to mix personal tragedy with post-9/11 existential terror: Hereafter is a mawkish mondo mistico, obvious, schematic, and sometimes subtitled.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2010
98% Inside Job (2010) My vision was clouded by the steam wafting from my ears.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2010
65% Tamara Drewe (2010) As directed by old pro Stephen Frears, the film is an ensemble affair, akin to a weekend-party comedy.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2010
96% The Social Network (2010) The Social Network's first act is its best -- a hellishly precise youth movie rattling along on a clamor of computer jargon.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2010
62% Howl (2010) Splendid as Franco's literal characterization and overheated line readings can be, art director Eric Drooker's literal-minded animated interpretation of "Howl" are as sodden as a cold latke -- as well as a distraction.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2010
71% Never Let Me Go (2010) Pervaded by a cosmic wistfulness, the movie Never Let Me Go is melancholy where the novel is haunting.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2010
No Score Yet The Anchorage (2010) The Anchorage uses a narrative structure introduced to more powerful effect 35 years ago in Chantal Akerman's Jeanne Dielman.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2010
100% Last Train Home (2010) Last Train Home is an intimate portrait of an unfathomable immensity, focusing on a single family caught up in the world's largest mass migration.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2010
83% Our Beloved Month of August (2010) Transparently a movie about a group of filmmakers who attempt to possess a particular location, Our Beloved Month relaxes into a meditation on the mysteries of place, personality, and process.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2010
90% Lebanon (Levanon) (2010) Not just the year's most impressive first feature but also the strongest new movie of any kind I've seen in 2010.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2010
69% Life During Wartime (2010) Daring the discomfited viewer to laugh at shame and suffering, and then wonder why we're laughing, Todd Solondz is back.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2010
100% L'Enfer d'Henri-Georges Clouzot (Henri-George Clouzot's Inferno) (2010) For all the irrationality that fueled Clouzot's project, it's reasonable to assume that the finished Inferno would never have been any better or more evocative than this arrangement of its shards.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2010