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  • Film 2007: Hit List

    published December 27, 2007

    It’s that time of year again. Our six critics don’t always (or often) agree, but we’ve combined their top 10 lists (allowing for... More >>

  • Coppola returns with Youth Without Youth

    published December 20, 2007

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

  • Jimmy Carter Documentary Full of Good Intentions

    published December 13, 2007

    Jonathan Demme, who directed Tom Hanks to an Oscar as the AIDS-afflicted lawyer in Philadelphia, may be the most well-meaning filmmaker... More >>

  • Mr. Schrader Goes to Washington

    published December 13, 2007

    Paul Schrader's cinema is largely defined by the pathology of his male protagonists, and with The Walker, he's added a striking... More >>

  • Bob Dylan: Like a Complete Unknown

    published November 22, 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... More >>

  • Before the Devil Knows You're Dead Has Family Issues

    published November 15, 2007

    Before the Devil Knows You're Dead is less Sidney Lumet's comeback than his resurrection. Three years after being presented a... More >>

  • Nothing Left Behind in Southland Tales

    published November 15, 2007

    A doom-ridden pulp cabalist with a dark sense of purpose as well as humor, Richard Kelly shoots the moon with his rich, strange and very funny... More >>

  • Aborton doc Lake of Fire Gives No Answers

    published November 8, 2007

    Named for the spot in Christian fundamentalist hell where sinners are condemned to spend eternity, Tony Kaye's Lake of Fire is a... More >>

  • Review: Ridley Scott's American Gangster

    published November 1, 2007

    American Gangster is a movie with obvious gravitas and a familiar argument: Organized crime is outsider capitalism. As archetypal... More >>

  • 'Assassination' Anatomy

    published October 4, 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... More >>

  • Still Cronenberg

    published September 13, 2007

    I've said it before and hope to again: David Cronenberg is the most provocative, original and consistently excellent North American director of... More >>

  • Still Waiting for That Train

    published September 6, 2007

    Huffing and puffing to resuscitate a long-moribund genre, James Mangold manages to imbue a 50-year-old Western with the semblance of life.... More >>

  • Saying Goodbye to Two Giants of Cinema

    published August 9, 2007

    Ingmar Bergman directed more than 50 features, but he was a significant figure in 20th-century culture in part because he was so obviously... More >>

  • Man Down

    published July 12, 2007

    Just when it seemed Independence Day might be the exclusive province of Michael Bay's Transformers, MGM rushes in with Rescue... More >>

  • Dr. Feelgood

    published June 28, 2007

    We're Americans. We go into other countries when we need to. It's tricky, but it works." So declares Michael Moore in the midst of his new... More >>

  • Mighty Heart, Mightier Spotlight

    published June 21, 2007

    A skilled actor vanishes into a role; a movie star appropriates it. As presence trumps character, the star personifies Brecht's alienation effect,... More >>

  • The Mystery of the Tween Demo

    published June 14, 2007

    So lame it' Nancy Drew, writer-director Andrew Fleming's attempt to jump-start a new Warner Bros. franchise, is a movie... More >>

  • The House Always Wins

    published June 7, 2007

    Lowest Common Denominator-ism writ large and engraved in stone like the Ten Commandments according to Cecil B. DeMille, the Hollywood blockbuster... More >>

  • L.A. Story

    published May 31, 2007

    There are first films like Citizen Kane or Breathless, which, as radically new and fully achieved as they are, unfairly overshadow... More >>

  • America Cannes

    published May 31, 2007

    CANNES, France—The world's preeminent film festival celebrated its 60th birthday party — the opening banquet catered by the world's... More >>

  • Palm d'Hoberman

    published May 31, 2007

    Cannes, FRANCE — Sometimes the competition is actually competitive. No one disputes that the official section at the 60th Cannes Film... More >>

  • Goal(s)!

    published May 3, 2007

    Jafar Panahi is a paradoxical populist. He makes crowd-pleasing art movies, often set in the midst of life—the urban crowd is one of his... More >>

  • Rachel Stein, Showgirl

    published April 26, 2007

    Holland's gift to world cinema, Paul Verhoeven, can be a very bad boy and a very good filmmaker. Any of his movies could have been titled Basic... More >>

  • North by Northwest

    published April 26, 2007

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

  • Wild at Heart

    published April 5, 2007

    No director works closer to his unconscious than David Lynch, and stimulated by the use of amateur digital video technology, his latest feature... More >>

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