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2007 Stories by J. Hoberman

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  • Best Movies of 2007

    published December 27, 2007

    1. There Will Be Blood: The Texas tea bubbles up from the ground like primordial blood at the beginning of Paul Thomas Anderson's... 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 >>

  • Eastern Promises

    published September 27, 2007

    Directed with considerable formal intelligence and brooding power by David Cronenberg, Eastern Promises is very much a companion to A... More >>

  • Still Waiting for That Train

    published September 6, 2007

    Huffing and puffing to resuscitate a long-moribund genre, James Mangold imbues a 50-year-old western with the semblance of life. Mangold's... More >>

  • Ghosts of Cité Soleil

    published August 16, 2007

    Asger Leth's documentary explores the Port-au-Prince slum Cité Soleil, identified by a UN agency as the "most dangerous place on earth."... More >>

  • Man Down

    published August 9, 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 his new... More >>

  • Mighty Heart, Mightier Spotlight

    published June 21, 2007

    A skilled actor vanishes into a role; a movie star appropriates it. As presence trumps character, the star personifies Brecht's alienation effect,... More >>

  • The House Always Wins

    published June 7, 2007

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

  • Everyone's a Winner at Cannes

    published June 7, 2007

    The 60th cannes Film Festival was a generous one -- and so was its jury, bestowing the Palme d'Or on the least heralded, most critically acclaimed... 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... More >>

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