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  • Hoberman's Top 10

    published December 26, 2006

    A curious form of journalism, film reviewing is highly topical yet essentially timeless. It consists of reporting week after week on out-of-body... More >>

  • V For Violence

    published December 26, 2006

    We may be living in a national Green Zone, but for all the pious post–9-11 bushwa about kinder, gentler, more civil modes of entertainment,... More >>

  • Method to Her Madness

    published December 19, 2006

    Revived for a week at the IFC, Jack Garfein's Something Wild, an independent production first released during the Kennedy administration,... More >>

  • Magic Touch

    published December 19, 2006

    Written and directed by Guillermo del Toro, Pan's Labyrinth is something alchemical. To an astonishing degree, the 42-year-old Mexican... More >>

  • Cat Power

    published December 12, 2006

    Approaching 85, cine-essayist Chris Marker remains as lively, engaged, and provocative as ever—and no less fond of indirection. (His La... More >>

  • You Had to Be There . . .

    published December 5, 2006

    Repeat the mantra "far fucking out" all you like but to fully appreciate the thing that is El Topo you'd have to have been there 36 years... More >>

  • Nostalgia Trip

    published December 5, 2006

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

  • Film

    published November 28, 2006

    Explore the labyrinthian depths and secret alleys of the Walter Reade's annual survey "Spanish Cinema Now" (December 8 through 26), and you'll... More >>

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

    published November 28, 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 >>

  • Czech, Please

    published November 21, 2006

    Some of the best movies you've never heard of—produced in a nation that no longer exists—screen in Brooklyn this weekend and next. BAM's... More >>

  • Celebrity Smackdown

    published November 14, 2006

    The 24-year-old French actress Isild Le Besco has one of the most exotic faces in movies. With long, pale eyes supported by high cheekbones, and a... More >>

  • Fountain of Shame

    published November 14, 2006

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

  • Welcome to the Jungle

    published November 7, 2006

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

  • Meet Cute

    published October 31, 2006

    Martín Rejtman's 1999 Silvia Prieto fashioned a deadpan farce from the aimless circulation of objects and identities around its... More >>

  • Freak, Out

    published October 31, 2006

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

  • 'Commune'

    published October 24, 2006

    A case study in documentary dialectics: In opposition to the death cult of Stanley Nelson's sensational Jonestown, we have the positive vibes of... More >>

  • Fallow Traveler

    published October 24, 2006

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

  • Heavy Weather

    published October 17, 2006

    A terrific movie in the Antonioni tradition, Climates confirms 47-year-old Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan as one of the world's most... More >>

  • Jungle Fevers

    published October 10, 2006

    Werner Herzog was barely 30 when he made his defining work. Aguirre, Wrath of God is not just a great movie but an essential one. Herzog's... More >>

  • Collision Course

    published October 3, 2006

    It hardly seems possible but Terry Gilliam's courageously repellent Tideland—the movie he reportedly abandoned The Brothers... More >>

  • French Confection

    published October 3, 2006

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

  • Celebrating the Moment and the Epoch

    published September 26, 2006

    Wafting across the decades, Hou Hsiao-hsien's Three Times presents the same romantic couple, played by Shu Qi and Chang Chen, in a trio of... More >>

  • 'The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie'

    published September 26, 2006

    Luis Buñuel's 1972 film boasts one of the best titles in movie history and a cast to match. Three divas of the post–nouvelle vague... More >>

  • Festival Express

    published September 26, 2006

    Belle Toujours The world's most active 97-year-old director, Manoel de Oliveira has been making his "last film" for decades. Belle... More >>

  • An Ode to Mortality

    published September 19, 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... More >>

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