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2006 Stories by J. Hoberman

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  • Nostalgia Trip

    published December 13, 2006

    The Good German, directed by Steven Soderbergh from Joseph Kanon's bestseller, is as much simulation as movie. Specifically, it's the... More >>

  • Mel Gibson Is Responsible for All the Wars in the World

    published December 6, 2006

    Apocalypto has a faux Greek title and an opening quote from historian Will Durant that ruminates on the decline of imperial Rome. It... More >>

  • There's the Beef

    published November 15, 2006

    Fast Food Nation, directed by Richard Linklater from Eric Schlosser's 2001 bestselling exposé of the McDonald's conspiracy, is an... More >>

  • On the Road

    published November 1, 2006

    Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan is funnier than its malapropic title — the... More >>

  • Royal Pains

    published October 25, 2006

    The Queen is more fun than any movie about the violent death of a 36-year-old woman has a right to be. It's also as exotic an... More >>

  • Assassination Tango

    published October 25, 2006

    Manufactured history guarantees a manufactured controversy: Gabriel Range's Death of a President, which docu-dramatizes the 2007... More >>

  • French Confection

    published October 18, 2006

    Drop-dead hip or cluelessly clueless? Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette, a candy-colored portrait of France's infamous teen queen, is a... More >>

  • Bait and Switch

    published October 4, 2006

    No studio director was a greater hero to the Hong Kong new wave than Martin Scorsese. John Woo dedicated The Killer to him; Wong Kar-wai... More >>

  • Ghost World

    published September 13, 2006

    Directed by Brian De Palma from the novel by neo-noirist James Ellroy, The Black Dahlia is a true-crime policier unfolding in late-'40s Los... More >>

  • Detective Comics

    published September 6, 2006

    If Superman Returns attempted to resurrect the Man of Steel as mythic hero, the season's other Superman movie wants to disabuse us of any... More >>

  • Tube Boobs

    published April 19, 2006

    Wanna knock the prez? Let's make a show...preferably on television. Paul Weitz's new satire American Dreamz imagines the Bush regime... More >>

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