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J. Hoberman

J. Hoberman
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
78% The Beguiled (2017) Coppola's remake is more contemplative and psychologically complex than the original, as well as more suspenseful.‐ The New York Review of Books
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
82% Afterimage (Powidoki) (2017) Afterimage however is crisp, brisk, understated, and straightforward, untainted by the bluish haze that seems endemic to European period films.‐ The New York Review of Books
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
84% The Wedding Plan (2017) The Wedding Plan is not founded on magic realism so much as cosmic ambiguity. The movie's final scene is fascinating for its sleight of hand.‐ Tablet
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
99% Get Out (2017) Jordan Peele's semi-parodic horror film Get Out has a complexity worthy of its historical moment.‐ The New York Review of Books
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2017
87% The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu (2011) The result is as monumental as it is ephemeral, and not without a certain ghastly pathos.‐ The New York Review of Books
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2017
84% The Walk (2015) The stunt is worth the wait. In a sense it's something we've been waiting for since September 12, 2001.‐ The New York Review of Books
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2017
64% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) There is a good deal to be said about Peter Jackson's long-awaited and exceedingly long adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, most of it bad.‐ The New York Review of Books
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2017
95% Kaili Blues (Lu Bian Ye Can) (2016) The most elusive and the most memorable new movie that I've seen in quite some time.‐ The New York Review of Books
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2017
96% Manakamana (2014) Hypnotic and serene.‐ The New York Review of Books
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2017
95% Snowpiercer (2014) A madcap addition to the comic-book-derived movies that have dominated cinematic summer fare.‐ The New York Review of Books
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2017
No Score Yet Street (2015) James Nares's Street, an engrossing and celebratory hour-long, oversized video projection of life in New York City, is a monument to evanescence.‐ The New York Review of Books
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2017
100% Hsimeng jensheng (The Puppetmaster) (1993) [Demonstrates] a profound and original sense of motion pictures as a way of exploring the passage of time.‐ The New York Review of Books
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2017
89% The Tribe (2015) The movie is leisurely as well as graphic in its representation of sex and violence and, predicated on long takes, is visceral in a wholly unexpected way.‐ The New York Review of Books
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2017
85% The Wolfpack (2015) These questions are subsumed in The Wolfpack's stunning testament to the redemptive power of cinema.‐ The New York Review of Books
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2017
97% Two Days, One Night (2014) [Two Days, One Night features] Marion Cotillard in what may be the most self-effacing, yet bravura performance of the year.‐ The New York Review of Books
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2017
100% The Settlers (2017) [A] compelling, strongly articulated documentary portrait of Israelis and others living adjacent to the state of Israel on the occupied West Bank.‐ Tablet
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2017
No Score Yet Sterne (Stars) (2012) As a movie, Sterne manages to be both lyrical and monumental. As a statement, it practices a dialectic of unity and isolation.‐ Tablet
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2017
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
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
91% Son of Frankenstein (1939) [Bela Lugosi] pretty much steals the movie in his last really juicy role.‐ Village Voice
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2016
17% Parental Guidance (2012) A strong candidate for the worst movie I've seen all year.‐ Tablet
Read More | Posted May 5, 2016
38% The Guilt Trip (2012) The Guilt Trip struck me something best viewed on an airplane. ‐ Tablet
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted May 5, 2016
90% Footnote (2012) Everything now in place, Footnote's almost wordless last 15 minutes are exquisitely choreographed‐ Tablet
Read More | Posted May 3, 2016
71% The Loneliest Planet (2012) A triumphantly visual movie, The Loneliest Planet develops an interplay between freedom and confinement.‐ Tablet
Read More | Posted May 3, 2016
71% Dark Horse (2012) An exercise in compassionate misanthropy.‐ Tablet
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted May 3, 2016
76% 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
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2016
80% Staub (Dust) (2007) Dust is characterized by its clean cinematography, uncluttered compositions, and unceasing dialectic.‐ Village Voice
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2015
77% Noah (2014) The film oscillates between glitzy existential horror and somber showbiz spectacle.‐ Tablet
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2015
84% Listen Up Philip (2014) Well-written, strongly acted, and often very funny ...‐ Tablet
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2015
100% Cousin Jules (2013) The framed monotony of this dailiness show is transfixing.‐ ARTINFO.com
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted May 22, 2014
90% Alphaville (1965) No movie, not even Breathless, better exemplifies the syncretic quality of Godard's early genius.‐ Village Voice
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2013