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J. Hoberman, Village Voice

  1. The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 2011 Black nationalism lives and breathes in this remarkably fresh documentary assembled by Goran Hugo Olsson. full review
  2. House of Pleasures 2011 Glamorously louche. full review
  3. Magic Trip 2011 Gibney and Ellwood have a sense of historical evanescence and inevitability. full review
  4. Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness 2011 In the spirit of the Sholem Aleichem oeuvre, Laughing in the Darkness is a collective family album. full review
  5. Tales from the Golden Age 2011 Bracketed by the Ceausescu anthem, the movie recalls a social disaster in painstaking detail and with a measure of ambivalent love. full review
  6. City of Life and Death 2010 Lu's distinction lies in the cinematic virtuosity he brings to orchestrating carnage, the calculated attention he pays to human interest, and the globalist, universalizing attitude inherent in both. full review
  7. If I Want To Whistle, I Whistle 2010 It's a measure of the movie's success that one oscillates between two despairs -- noting the abject failure of the system and the utter futility of revolt. full review
  8. The Woodmans 2010 A haunting study in family dynamics. full review
  9. Beeswax 2009 Bujalski has always been good at making closeness feel exotic, and awkwardness seem natural. full review
  10. Inspector Bellamy 2009 It's an ostensive crime film at once symmetrical, surprising, and knowingly cinephilic. full review
  11. The Road 2009 Cormac McCarthy's Pulitzer Prize-winning, Oprah-endorsed, post-apocalyptic survivalist prose poem... was a quick, lacerating read. John Hillcoat's literal adaptation is, by contrast, a long, dull slog. full review
  12. Momma's Man 2008 Much comic pathos arises from the realization that Mikey has no perspective on his parents. They are as mysterious in their idiosyncrasies as anyone's. full review
  13. Tony Manero 2008 Tony Manero has a purposefully murky look and a frantic feel. full review
  14. For the Bible Tells Me So 2007 More human interest than agitprop. full review
  15. Sangre De Mi Sangre 2007 The result is contrived, but compelling -- as is the movie's high-powered humanism. full review
  16. Day Night Day Night 2006 Terror is existential in this highly intelligent, somewhat sadistic, totally fascinating movie. full review
  17. The Treatment 2006 Short, sweet, and hardly ever cloying, The Treatment is largely dependent for its success on the quality of its performances. full review
  18. Capote 2005 Capote is a cool and polished hall of mirrors reflecting the ways in which Truman Capote came to write (and be written by) In Cold Blood. full review
  19. Commune 2005 Celebrating the desire to immerse oneself in a collective, world-changing enterprise, Commune is unavoidably nostalgic. full review
  20. The Ice Harvest 2005 Funny, tense, and exceedingly well made ... full review
  21. Anger Management 2003 The free-associational lurch of the enigmatic Nicholson 12-step program is set to a familiar backbeat of juvenile gross-out and homosexual panic; what's truly illogical is the blithe conflation of anger management and assertiveness training. full review
  22. CSA: Confederate States of America 2003 Willmott, who has written numerous documentaries and is a professor of film studies at the University of Kansas, maps an initially plausible trajectory. full review
  23. Hollywood Homicide 2003 The surplus of character humor seems all the more desperate in view of the essentially humorless stars. full review
  24. America's Sweethearts 2001 A lackluster screwball comedy and dubious Julia Roberts vehicle. full review
  25. Donnie Darko 2001 A wondrous, moodily self-involved piece of work that employs X-Files magic realism to galvanize what might have been a routine tale of suburban teen angst. full review
  26. American Psycho 2000 As the antihero himself sneers at the bloody finale, 'This confession has meant nothing.' It's a form of poetic justice that American Psycho would be impaled on its own point. full review
  27. Love's Labour's Lost 2000 A double travesty -- a triple one, actually, if you consider the quality of the singing and dancing. full review
  28. Merci Pour le Chocolat 2000 A light confection with a tasty Isabelle Huppert performance at its center. full review
  29. Mission: Impossible 2 2000 A vaguely absurd epidemiological thriller filled with elaborately superfluous setups and shamelessly stale James Bond riffs. full review
  30. Shaft 2000 full review
  31. The Blair Witch Project 1999 Clever, creepy! full review
  32. The Haunting 1999 full review
  33. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels 1999 Guignol violence, Lock, Stock aspires to be something like the Beatles meet the Wild Bunch. Too bad it doesn't have even a rubber soul. full review
  34. The Ninth Gate 1999 full review
  35. Another Day In Paradise 1998 Slackly directed and badly acted. full review
  36. The Prince of Egypt 1998 Rather than Jerry Falwell, I'd have had the production vetted by Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks. full review
  37. Velvet Goldmine 1998 full review
  38. As Tears Go By 1988 Ostensibly a conventional tale of triad loyalty, As Tears Go By announced the presence of a genuine Hong Kong new wave -- as well as an ambitious cineaste. full review
  39. Manhattan 1979 Manhattan is not just Woody Allen's dream movie. Wistful as it is witty, it's his dream of the movies. full review
  40. The Panic in Needle Park 1971 full review
  41. Gojira 1954 As crass as it is visionary, Godzilla belongs with -- and might well trump -- the art films Hiroshima Mon Amour and Dr. Strangelove as a daring attempt to fashion a terrible poetry from the mind-melting horror of atomic warfare. full review

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