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2007 Stories by J. Hoberman

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  • California Burning

    published December 27, 2007

    A great brooding thundercloud of a movie, Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood arrives as if from nowhere on a gust of critical... More >>

  • Mr. Schrader Goes to Washington

    published December 6, 2007

    Paul Schrader's cinema is largely defined by the pathology of his male protagonists, and with The Walker, he's added a striking new... More >>

  • Like a Complete Unknown

    published November 29, 2007

    I'm Not There is the movie of the year — but to whom does Todd Haynes's Bob Dylan biopic actually belong, and when was it really... More >>

  • Harlem Knight

    published November 1, 2007

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

  • Anatomy of a Murder

    published October 18, 2007

    Calling all pundits. It's a baffling caprice of the zeitgeist to have two studio Westerns released in the same month, 30-odd years after the... More >>

  • Still Cronenberg

    published September 20, 2007

    I've said it before and hope to again: David Cronenberg is the most provocative, original, and consistently excellent North American director... More >>

  • Still Waiting for That Train

    published September 6, 2007

    Huffing and puffing to resuscitate a long-moribund genre, James Mangold manages to imbue a 50-year-old Western with the semblance of life.... More >>

  • Man Down

    published August 16, 2007

    Nothing if not appropriate for summer blockbuster season, Werner Herzog's latest feature, based on his 1997 documentary Little Dieter Needs... More >>

  • Dr. Feelgood

    published June 28, 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... More >>

  • The House Always Wins

    published June 7, 2007

    Ocean´s Thirteen Directed by Steven Soderbergh. Written by Brian Koppelman and David Levien. Starring Brad Pitt, George... More >>

  • Goal(s)!

    published May 3, 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 >>

  • Rachel Stein, Showgirl

    published April 19, 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 >>

  • Threat-Level: Killer Tadpole

    published March 22, 2007

    Gross-out horror is never far from comedy and The Host, Bong Joon-ho's giddy creature feature, has the anarchic mess factor worthy of a... More >>

  • Ace Up His Sleeve

    published January 25, 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 11, 2007

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

  • Don't Believe the Hype

    published January 4, 2007

    History repeats itself: 11 Decembers ago, Universal had the season's strongest movie — a downbeat sci-fi flick freely adapted from a... More >>

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