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2008 Stories by J. Hoberman

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  • Milk

    published November 27, 2008

    Gus Van Sant has never been what you'd call a risk-averse filmmaker, but he directs his Harvey Milk biopic so carefully, there might be a Ming... More >>

  • Repo! The Genetic Opera

    published November 6, 2008

    Movie cults are born, not made. A youthful audience discovered Donnie Darko on its own, even as another demographic transformed The... More >>

  • Oliver Stone assigns motive to Dubya's M.O. in W., but at this point, who cares?

    published October 16, 2008

    W. may be less frenzied than the usual Oliver Stone sensory bombardment, but in revisiting the early '00s by way of the late... More >>

  • Bill Maher's Religulous makes an adolescent case against religion

    published October 2, 2008

    Redolent of Roman decadence and authority gone mad, the title Religulous rolls pleasingly off the tongue. But Bill Maher's... More >>

  • The Coen Brothers make another mockery with Burn After Reading

    published September 11, 2008

    Masters of the carefully crafted cheap shot, Joel and Ethan Coen have built a career on flippancy. Given their refusal to take anything... More >>

  • The Last Mistress

    published July 24, 2008

    Catherine Breillat hitches her wagon to the hottest of European stars, Asia Argento, in a highly entertaining adaptation of French dandy... More >>

  • Alexandra

    published July 17, 2008

    Spare yet tactile, a mysterious mixture of lightness and gravity, Alexander Sokurov's Alexandra is founded on contradiction.... More >>

  • Encounters at the End of the World

    published July 10, 2008

    Some say the world will end in fire, some — like Werner Herzog — say ice. Flying in the face of global warming, this profoundly... More >>

  • Cannes Class of 2008

    published May 29, 2008

    CANNES, France—Wading through 20-odd movies in half as many languages, each Cannes jury supplies its own dramatic narrative, to be... More >>

  • Seeing Red

    published May 29, 2008

    The Red Balloon was the art-house E.T. of 1956. Flight of the Red Balloon is something far more baffling — a... More >>

  • Standard Operating Procedure

    published May 22, 2008

    It's been twenty years since Errol Morris made The Thin Blue Line — a found "noir" that served to free an innocent man convicted... More >>

  • Shots in the Dark

    published May 22, 2008

    CANNES, France—No need for dreaming here. Each Cannes Film Festival generates its own metaphors for a 10-day regimen of visions in the... More >>

  • Presenting the only Cannes awards that really matter: Ours.

    published May 22, 2008

    CANNES, France—The competition for the Palme d'Or is ongoing as I write, but the story of the 61st Cannes Film Festival is Steven... More >>

  • Speed Racer

    published May 8, 2008

    Converting a fondly remembered cartoon series — one of the first Japanese animes syndicated on American TV — into a prospective... More >>

  • Redbelt

    published May 8, 2008

    David Mamet's Redbelt is a tricky bar brawl: Call it the Roundhouse of Games. The writer-director has scarcely abandoned... More >>

  • Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden?

    published April 17, 2008

    Morgan Spurlock, the daredevil documentarian who lived on Big Macs for a month and turned this exercise in "body art" into the 2004 hit... More >>

  • Paranoid Park

    published March 20, 2008

    The pleasing circularity of Gus Van Sant's masterful Paranoid Park is not only a function of the film's narrative structure, but... More >>

  • Chicago 10

    published March 20, 2008

    The Democratic insurgent is the most charismatic candidate since RFK, and the party's convention could be the most convulsive since the debacle... More >>

  • Youth Without Youth

    published January 24, 2008

    Youth Without Youth, Francis Ford Coppola's self-financed return to the fray, is a curious project — well-crafted, personal... More >>

  • Revelations

    published January 17, 2008

    Richard Kelly shoots the moon with his rich, strange, and very funny sci-fi social satire, Southland Tales. The political... More >>

  • There Will Be Blood

    published January 3, 2008

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

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