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2007 Stories by J. Hoberman

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  • 2007: The Year in Movies and Music

    published December 19, 2007

    Revenge of the Nerds Absolutely, unequivocally, this has been The Year of The Apatow: Judd got Knocked Up to the tune of... More >>

  • Harlem Knight

    published October 31, 2007

    American Gangster is a movie with obvious gravitas and a familiar argument: Organized crime is outsider capitalism. As archetypal as its... More >>

  • Dr. Feelgood

    published June 27, 2007

    We're Americans. We go into other countries when we need to. It's tricky, but it works." So declares Michael Moore in the midst of his new... More >>

  • L.A. Story

    published June 27, 2007

    There are first films like Citizen Kane or Breathless, which, as radically new and fully achieved as they are, unfairly overshadow... More >>

  • The Mystery of the Tween Demo

    published June 13, 2007

    So lame it’ Nancy Drew, writer-director Andrew Fleming’s attempt to jump-start a new Warner Bros. franchise, is a movie flaunti... More >>

  • The House Always Wins

    published June 6, 2007

    Lowest Common Denominator-ism writ large and engraved in stone like the Ten Commandments according to Cecil B. DeMille, the Hollywood blockbuster... More >>

  • Goal(s)!

    published May 23, 2007

    Jafar Panahi is a paradoxical populist. He makes crowd-pleasing art movies, often set in the midst of life — the urban crowd is one of his... More >>

  • America Cannes

    published May 23, 2007

    CANNES, France—The world's preeminent film festival celebrated its 60th birthday party — the opening banquet catered by the world's... More >>

  • Palm d'Hoberman

    published May 23, 2007

    Cannes, France — Sometimes the competition is actually competitive. No one disputes that the official section at the 60th Cannes Film... More >>

  • The Godfather's Godfather

    published May 2, 2007

    Alberto Lattuada's tricky-to-parse Mafioso dates from 1962 but, with its abrupt tonal shifts and disturbing existential premise, this... More >>

  • Rachel Stein, Showgirl

    published April 25, 2007

    Holland's gift to world cinema, Paul Verhoeven can be a very bad boy and a very good filmmaker. Any of his movies could have been titled Basic... More >>

  • Saying Goodbye To Two Giants of Cinema

    published April 25, 2007

    Ingmar Bergman directed more than 50 features, but he was a significant figure in 20th-century culture in part because he was so obviously... More >>

  • Armed with his own brand of logic and a digital camera, David Lynch forges inward.

    published March 28, 2007

    No director works closer to his unconscious than David Lynch, and, stimulated by the use of amateur digital-video technology, his latest feature... More >>

  • Ace Up His Sleeve

    published January 24, 2007

    New-school genre junk food: Take a Tarantino wannabe with Sundance credentials, add a large, famous-enough cast and a show-biz backdrop, season... More >>

  • Magic Touch

    published January 17, 2007

    Written and directed by Guillermo del Toro, Pan's Labyrinth is something alchemical. To an astonishing degree, the 42-year-old Mexican... More >>

  • Model Children

    published January 10, 2007

    History repeats itself: Twelve winters ago, Universal had the season's strongest movie — a downbeat sci-fi flick freely adapted from a... More >>

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