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2007 Stories by Jim Ridley

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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 >>

  • Film 2007: Missed Opportunities

    published December 27, 2007

    How tough is it for a movie to find its audience above the din of blockbuster marketing and beyond the clogged distribution pipeline? Tsai... More >>

  • Hock the Line

    published December 20, 2007

    As an actor, John C. Reilly is the opposite of Mr. Cellophane. He doesn't disappear into a role; roles disappear onto him—the... More >>

  • Margot Shows Family's Prickly Side

    published December 6, 2007

    There are comedies of discomfort, and then there's Margot at the Wedding, Noah Baumbach's scalding follow-up to The Squid and... More >>

  • True Love

    published November 15, 2007

    The Princess Bride: 20th Anniversary Edition (MGM) As far as anniversary-edition DVDs go, The Princess Bride is... More >>

  • The Boys Are Back

    published October 25, 2007

    The Boys Are Back Directors Series: Stanley Kubrick (Warner Bros.) Most of the old Kubrick DVDs were crap: full-screen... More >>

  • Genuine Fake Robots

    published October 18, 2007

    Transformers (DreamWorks) No doubt, Michael Bay's slam-bang action-figure commercial doesn't play nearly as well on TV, no... More >>

  • Afflecks Come Through with Gone Baby Gone

    published October 18, 2007

    "Down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid," Raymond Chandler wrote in 1950's "The... More >>

  • You'll Laugh Dying

    published October 11, 2007

    You Kill Me (Genius) Funny thing seeing Philip Baker Hall in You Kill Me, as he's already played the role of a drunken... More >>

  • Fist Things First

    published October 4, 2007

    Caligula: Imperial Edition (Penthouse) (Spoiler alert: Fisting!) One day back in the swingin' '70s, somebody mentioned how... More >>

  • John Digweed

    published September 6, 2007

    Even if you don't know acid house from Hugh Laurie, you've probably heard of U.K. DJ Digweed, who as half of Sasha & Digweed and as a solo... More >>

  • After Sunrise

    published August 23, 2007

    Back in 1995, Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise gave flesh to a Yank's fantasy of worldly European womanhood: Julie Delpy's Celine, a... More >>

  • Keep the Meter Running

    published August 16, 2007

    Taxi Driver: Collector's Edition (Sony) "Listen, you fuckers, you screwheads: Here is a man who would not take it... More >>

  • Maybe Another Teen Movie

    published August 16, 2007

    It seems fitting that a movie about debate competition should produce ambivalent feelings. As a master debater says early on in Jeffrey Blitz's... More >>

  • Celebrity Justice

    published July 26, 2007

    Steve Buscemi the director is nothing like the art-damaged auteur Buscemi the actor played in 1995's Living in Oblivion. No dry ice and... More >>

  • Chow Time Again

    published July 26, 2007

    Hard Boiled: Two-Disc Ultimate Edition (Weinstein) The Criterion version of John Woo's masterpiece, about two cops (the... More >>

  • Short Cuts

    published July 5, 2007

    Eagle vs. Shark Written and directed by Taika Waititi. Starring Loren Horsley, Jemaine Clement and Craig Hall. Opens... More >>

  • When He Was Small

    published July 5, 2007

    Chancer: Series 1 (Acorn) Available solely in the U.K. for years, this is a small-time release featuring a modestly big-time... More >>

  • Crackers & Cheese

    published June 28, 2007

    Black Snake Moan (Paramount) The best place to see Craig Brewer's mash-up of blood-boiling exploitation elements would be a... More >>

  • Maybe Too Hard

    published June 21, 2007

    Die Hard Collection (Fox) You don't need to watch the included preview of Live Free or Die Hard to know it's going to... More >>

  • Sagebrush & Spaghetti

    published June 7, 2007

    The Sergio Leone Anthology (MGM) Sergio Leone made westerns like Wagner made ditties. This essential boxed set--four films with... More >>

  • What Garry Didn't Know

    published April 19, 2007

    Not Just the Best of the Larry Sanders Show (Sony) The greatest boxed set ever--not so much for the made-up irritainment as for... More >>

  • Franchise Player

    published March 15, 2007

    Casino Royale (Sony) James Bond gets a stirring shake-up in the best--yeah, Goldfinger fans, the best--film in... More >>

  • Chick Flick

    published February 22, 2007

    Shut Up & Sing (Genius) It's a shame that one of 2006's best documentaries is being released without extras; it would have been... More >>

  • Old Man's Still Got It

    published January 25, 2007

    Maurice Russell, a septuagenarian actor facing the end of his career and life, gazes raptly at the present that fate has given him: the company of... More >>

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