J. Hoberman, Village Voice

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Beeswax 2009 Bujalski has always been good at making closeness feel exotic, and awkwardness seem natural. full review
  5. 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
  6. Tony Manero 2008 Tony Manero has a purposefully murky look and a frantic feel. full review
  7. Alone with Her 2007 As the voyeur manages to enter the Amy Show, Nicholas uses this ontological shift as the basis for a 'real' movie of his own, effectively liquidating the original premise. full review
  8. For the Bible Tells Me So 2007 More human interest than agitprop. full review
  9. Sangre De Mi Sangre 2007 The result is contrived, but compelling -- as is the movie's high-powered humanism. full review
  10. Commune 2005 Celebrating the desire to immerse oneself in a collective, world-changing enterprise, Commune is unavoidably nostalgic. full review
  11. The Ice Harvest 2005 Funny, tense, and exceedingly well made ... full review
  12. The Manchurian Candidate 2004 Following a dozen years of docs, light comedy, and p.c. weepies, Candidate represents Demme's best dramatic filmmaking since The Silence of the Lambs. full review
  13. The Stepford Wives 2004 It has two speeds -- obvious and more so. full review
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. Hollywood Homicide 2003 The surplus of character humor seems all the more desperate in view of the essentially humorless stars. full review
  17. People I Know 2003 An expired shelf life is integral to the movie's downbeat charm. full review
  18. Secret Things 2002 Brisseau effortlessly stages the sort of ooh-la-la orgy that so clearly eluded Stanley Kubrick in Eyes Wide Shut. full review
  19. America's Sweethearts 2001 A lackluster screwball comedy and dubious Julia Roberts vehicle. full review
  20. 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
  21. Merci Pour le Chocolat 2000 A light confection with a tasty Isabelle Huppert performance at its center. full review
  22. Mission: Impossible 2 2000 A vaguely absurd epidemiological thriller filled with elaborately superfluous setups and shamelessly stale James Bond riffs. full review
  23. Shaft 2000 full review
  24. The Blair Witch Project 1999 Clever, creepy! full review
  25. Ravenous 1999 full review
  26. The Prince of Egypt 1998 Rather than Jerry Falwell, I'd have had the production vetted by Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks. full review
  27. Velvet Goldmine 1998 full review
  28. 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
  29. The Panic in Needle Park 1971 full review
  30. 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
  31. /titles/197845 A loud and frequently funny clown show. full review
  32. /titles/197808 If the Aardman menagerie strikes you as funny, the movie will too. full review
  33. /titles/197461 Manages to be not only consistently droll but cumulatively poignant and even scary. full review
  34. /titles/197818 Cheesy. full review
  35. /titles/199787 Popeye also earned counterculture points by mistakenly shooting a federal agent and exhibiting a conspicuous lack of remorse. full review
  36. /titles/197460 A near-irresistible button-pusher that's agile enough to hold a mirror to its own aspirations. full review
  37. /titles/197449 full review
  38. /titles/198228 full review
  39. /titles/200119 Makes a significant (and entertaining) contribution to the saga of the blacklist. full review
  40. /titles/197167 A disappointing mediocrity. full review
  41. /titles/197458 As straightforward in narrative as it is gut-wrenching in effect, A Simple Plan is a sort of slow-motion skid down an icy blacktop- it's a movie you watch with a mounting sense of dread. full review
  42. /titles/197709 Slips on the banana peel of exaggerated fear factor, falling facedown with the introduction of an uber-creep serial killer (Ben Kingsley) grimly stalking some hapless prey. full review
  43. /titles/197854 Team America is at once grandiose and tacky, elaborate and deflationary. full review