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J. Hoberman

J. Hoberman
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
97% The Florida Project (2017) The Florida Project is certainly lively, but it is anything but redemptive. In spite of its episodic documentary quality, it traces an overdetermined downward spiral.‐ The New York Review of Books
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
90% No Home Movie (2016) A 115-minute film hewed from some 40 hours of footage shot over a period of several months, No Home Movie has a sense of Warholian acceptance. ‐ Tablet
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
74% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) The fun is paid for with interest in the movie's second half by the debasing sexual escapades endured by the more mature and less conventionally appealing Gainsbourg.‐ The New York Review of Books
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
96% Gravity (2013) In an act of technological prestidigitation, Cuarón has created a sense of unlimited space where the mind knows that none actually exists.‐ The New York Review of Books
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
91% Marketa Lazarová (1967) Marketa Lazarová is easy to watch but difficult to follow. ‐ The New York Review of Books
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
73% The Kindergarten Teacher (Haganenet) (2015) The internationally acclaimed filmmaker's new 'The Kindergarten Teacher' takes Jewish insularity to terrific extremes.‐ Tablet
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
96% Dark Horse (2016) The funny, sad Dark Horse adds a creepy loser in love to the director's catalog of misanthropes.‐ Tablet
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
51% The Three Stooges (2012) The brutish schtick got old a long time ago.‐ Tablet
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
40% The Possession (2012) By objectifying Jews as exotic others rather than presenting them as subjects, the Raimi production eliminates the precise element that would have been most powerful for a Jewish audience.‐ Tablet
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
90% Lincoln (2012) Lincoln is an engrossing and even stirring civics lesson that tries, with admirable responsibility if only mixed success, to give voice to black America.‐ The New York Review of Books
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
85% Nocturama (2017) Nocturama might best be seen as a surrealist thought experiment.‐ The New York Review of Books
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
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
84% 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
86% 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
83% 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
96% 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
88% 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
91% 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
78% 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
67% 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
93% 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
76% 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