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  • J. Hoberman's Top 10 Films of 2007

    published December 25, 2007

    It was a good year—a very good American year, at least as far as movies go. I don't think I've ever compiled a list with as few as three... More >>

  • The 2007 Village Voice/LA Weekly Film Poll: There Will Be Consensus

    published December 25, 2007

    Hey, we're back. After seven editions, the almost-traditional Village Voice poll of alt-press (and now other) film critics took a hiatus... More >>

  • Holiday Lights

    published December 18, 2007

    It's been my experience that the classic movie figure to whom small children respond most immediately is not Buster, Groucho, or Betty Boop but... More >>

  • California Burning

    published December 18, 2007

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

  • Bah, Humbug!

    published December 11, 2007

    Terry Zwigoff's Bad Santa is a one-joke movie, albeit a joke that professional reprobates like W.C. Fields or the young John Waters might... More >>

  • Prime Cut

    published December 11, 2007

    Several seasons into the post-2001 millennium, it's apparent that the long-moribund Hollywood musical returns to life each December in the form of... More >>

  • Christmastime for Hitler

    published December 4, 2007

    Perhaps not seasonally appropriate but a gift all the same, Facets' 30th- anniversary release of Hans-Jürgen Syberberg's phantasmagoric,... More >>

  • Factory Worker

    published December 4, 2007

    Danny Williams, subject of Esther Robinson's documentary portrait A Walk Into the Sea, was a '60s casualty. His brief life derives cultural... More >>

  • Fiddle Tricks

    published November 27, 2007

    Much appreciated by Mexican cineasts, writer-director Francisco Vargas's accomplished first feature The Violin is a solemn, suspenseful,... More >>

  • Senegal's Son

    published November 20, 2007

    Ousmane Sembène, the Senegalese filmmaker who died last spring at age 84, was African cinema's founding father. More than that,... More >>

  • Like a Complete Unknown: I'm Not There and the Changing Face of Bob Dylan on Film

    published November 13, 2007

    I'm Not There is the movie of the year—but to whom does Todd Haynes's Bob Dylan biopic actually belong, and when was it really... More >>

  • Oh, the Humanity

    published November 6, 2007

    Hardly a collection of Harry Smith outtakes—although a number of his favorite songsters are represented—the 70 blood-chilling,... More >>

  • Bergman's Bad Girl

    published November 6, 2007

    Already the subject of considerable ink, Swedish master Ingmar Bergman's posthumous reputation—or "overrated career," as Jonathan Rosenbaum... More >>

  • Mission: Impossible (Again)

    published November 6, 2007

    Acid flashback or déjà vu? Who, having lived through the late '60s, would have anticipated re-experiencing the spectacle of an... More >>

  • Panoramas at MOMA

    published October 30, 2007

    Downstairs at the Museum of Modern Art, avant-garde filmmaker Ernie Gehr has put together a five-screen installation bringing the 19th-century... More >>

  • It Takes a Village

    published October 23, 2007

    The most plastic-fantastic of Soviet new-wave movies, set among the colorful Gutsul people of the remote eastern Carpathians, Sergei Parajanov's... More >>

  • DVD edition!

    published October 16, 2007

    Was there really a Mexican cinema before Alfonso Cuarón, Guillermo Del Toro, Alejandro González Iñárritu, and Carlos... More >>

  • Wide World of Warhol

    published October 9, 2007

    For the next four weekends, the Museum of the Moving Image will be screening vintage Warhol in what may be the largest such event since Warhol's... More >>

  • Social Suicide

    published October 9, 2007

    Wristcutters: A Love Story, a well-wrought indie written and directed by Goran Dukic, has to be the kewpie doll of current zombie flicks:... More >>

  • Blow It Up

    published October 2, 2007

    There's a cineaste myth that Jean-Luc Godard's La Chinoise, which opened in New York on April 3, 1968, at the out-of-the-way Kip's Bay... More >>

  • MOMI Does Desplechin

    published September 25, 2007

    The least predictable and most interesting of younger French directors, Arnaud Desplechin may also be the most film-intoxicated. Desplechin's... More >>

  • Fight Them Over There

    published September 18, 2007

    Concluding a month that brought the sixth commemoration of 9/11, a video missive from Osama bin Laden, and a surge endorsement by General David... More >>

  • Endgame

    published September 18, 2007

    Exit Ghost is the start, or possibly the end, of Philip Roth's long goodbye. It identifies itself as the last of the Zuckerman novels,... More >>

  • The Slums of Park Slope

    published September 11, 2007

    Materializing during the Kent State spring of 1970, with M*A*S*H in release and The Angel Levine, not to mention Where's... More >>

  • Celebrity Justice

    published September 11, 2007

    Calling all pundits. It's a baffling caprice of the zeitgeist to have two studio westerns released in the same month, 30-odd years after the genre... More >>

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