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2006 Stories by J. Hoberman

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  • Magic Touch

    published December 27, 2006

    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 December 20, 2006

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

  • Nostalgia Trip

    published December 20, 2006

    The Good German, directed by Steven Soderbergh from Joseph Kanon's best-seller, is as much simulation as movie. Specifically, it's the... More >>

  • Mel Gibson Is Responsible for All the Wars in the World

    published December 6, 2006

    Apocalypto has a faux Greek title and an opening quote from historian Will Durant that ruminates on the decline of imperial Rome. It may... More >>

  • Fountain of Shame

    published November 22, 2006

    Solemn, flashy, and flabbergasting, The Fountain — adapted by Darren Aronofsky from his own graphic novel — should really be... More >>

  • Freak, Out

    published November 15, 2006

    Do artists see more than ordinary people? That's what my high school art teacher thought. So, apparently, does Nicole Kidman — or at least... More >>

  • There's the Beef

    published November 15, 2006

    Fast Food Nation, directed by Richard Linklater from Eric Schlosser's 2001 best-selling exposé of the McDonald's conspiracy, is an... More >>

  • On the Road

    published November 1, 2006

    Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan is funnier than its malapropic title — the... More >>

  • Assassination Tango

    published October 25, 2006

    Manufactured history guarantees a manufactured controversy. Gabriel Range's Death of a President, which docu-dramatizes the 2007... More >>

  • French Confection

    published October 18, 2006

    Drop-dead hip or cluelessly clueless? Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette, a candy-colored portrait of France's infamous teen queen is a... More >>

  • North by Northwest

    published October 18, 2006

    A dozen years ago, Kelly Reichardt made her feature debut with a wonderfully desultory, nearly avant-garde riff on the last romantic couple.... More >>

  • Royal Pains

    published October 11, 2006

    The Queen is more fun than any movie about the violent death of a 36-year-old woman has a right to be. It's also as exotic an... More >>

  • Bait and Switch

    published October 4, 2006

    No studio director was a greater hero to the Hong Kong new wave than Martin Scorsese. John Woo dedicated The Killer to him; Wong Kar-wai... More >>

  • Colloquial Williamsburg

    published September 27, 2006

    Andrew Bujalski has produced only a pair of microbudget 16 mm features since 2002 — but it's taken this narrow-casting, 30-ish Harvard grad... More >>

  • Playtime

    published September 20, 2006

    Sweet, crazy, and tinged with sadness, Michel Gondry's new feature, The Science of Sleep, is a wondrous concoction. The tricksy romantic... More >>

  • Ghost World

    published September 13, 2006

    Directed by Brian De Palma from the novel by neo-noirist James Ellroy, The Black Dahlia is a true-crime policier unfolding in late-'40s Los... More >>

  • Detective Comics

    published September 6, 2006

    If Superman Returns attempted to resurrect the Man of Steel as mythic hero, the season's other Superman movie wants to disabuse us of any... More >>

  • The Art of Dying

    published June 28, 2006

    If there's a tougher sell than a Romanian movie by a hitherto unknown director, it's a Romanian movie by an unknown director that takes two and a... More >>

  • Tube Boobs

    published April 19, 2006

    Wanna knock the prez? Let's make a show ... preferably on television. Paul Weitz's new satire American Dreamz imagines the Bush regime as... More >>

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