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2010 Stories by J. Hoberman

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  • How the West Is Won

    published December 23, 2010

    Boldly reanimating the comic Western that secured John Wayne his Oscar 41 years ago, the Coen brothers’ True Grit is... More >>

  • The Year Veteran Filmmakers Made Incredible Comebacks

    published December 23, 2010

    Many of my favorite films of the year are still awaiting wider release, so although this top 10 list wraps up my 2010, it can also serve as a... More >>

  • Inside the Computer

    published December 16, 2010

    Jeff Bridges is God and, as image-captured from the original 1982 Tron, he’s also the devil in Disney’s... More >>

  • Dirty 'Fighter'

    published December 9, 2010

    The Fighter is based on the true story of Lowell, Massachusetts, light welterweight champ “Irish” Micky Ward, but,... More >>

  • Dance Dance Revulsion In 'Black Swan'

    published December 2, 2010

    A near-irresistible exercise in bravura absurdity, Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan deserves to become a minor classic of heterosexual... More >>

  • Talk of the Nation

    published November 25, 2010

    A picnic for Anglophiles, not to mention a prospective Oscar bonanza for the brothers Weinstein, The King’s Speech is a... More >>

  • World Gone Mad

    published November 18, 2010

    Claire Denis’ strongest movie in the decade since Beau Travail, her tense, convulsive White Material, is a portrait of... More >>

  • You Can Go Home Again

    published November 11, 2010

    Winner of last spring’s South By Southwest festival and current indie darling, Lena Dunham’s Tiny Furniture is a comedy of... More >>

  • Cinema, For a Song

    published November 4, 2010

    A quasi-documentary portrait of young non-actors striking poses, walking around Boston, hanging out, and playing or listening to music, Damien... More >>

  • 'Boxing Gym' Packs a Punch

    published October 21, 2010

    “I was recently sitting with a group of French directors, and at a certain point, the conversation turned to Fred Wiseman,” critic... More >>

  • The Comedy of Going Plastic

    published October 21, 2010

    Comely, independent, willful young lass returns to collect family inheritance in rural England, drives the local men wild, makes several... More >>

  • Death By Eastwood

    published October 14, 2010

    Life is wonderful, death is wow, chance is weird, and Clint Eastwood’s Hereafter is a puddle of tepid ick. Is America’s... More >>

  • Who Needs Friends?

    published September 30, 2010

    The Social Network is a wonderful title, at once Olympian in its detachment and self-descriptive in its buzz. Everyone will... More >>

  • Village of the Doomed

    published September 16, 2010

    Published five years ago, Kazuo Ishiguro’s massively praised Never Let Me Go is set in an alternate universe in which life has... More >>

  • Lesbian Family Values

    published July 8, 2010

    Serious comedy, powered by an enthusiastic cast and full of good-natured innuendo, Lisa Cholodenko’s The Kids Are All Right... More >>

  • Unnaturally Filmed Killer

    published June 17, 2010

    Implicit in its title, the premise of The Killer Inside Me—directed by Michael Winterbottom from Jim Thompson’s 1952 crime... More >>

  • 'Please Give' Proves Rich People Have Problems

    published April 29, 2010

    Nicole Holofcener’s fourth feature, Please Give, is a notable rebound from the insufficiently examined self-absorption of her... More >>

  • Los Angeles Plays Itself

    published March 18, 2010

    Sad, funny and acutely self-conscious, Noah Baumbach’s new movie is the sort of mordant character study that people imagine were common in... More >>

  • 'Green Zone': Mission Finally Accomplished

    published March 11, 2010

    Better late than never. A bang-bang pulse-pounder predicated on the Bush administration’s deliberate fabrication of Weapons of Mass... More >>

  • Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

    published March 4, 2010

    Walt Disney mulled an adaptation of Alice In Wonderland for decades before producing an animated feature in 1951, although by all... More >>

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