"Voice" critic J. Hoberman let go

The annual National Society of Film Critics meeting takes place this weekend, normally an occasion for our profession to feel better about itself. Maybe not so much this time. The "Village Voice" has fired J. Hoberman, their lead critic since 1988, and one of the best critics writing today. I have made frequent use of Hoberman's terrific book "Dream Life: Movies, Media, and Mythology of the 60s" while cogitating my own little screeds, and his insights are invaluable. Likewise his weekly reviews. I'm hoping he'll be writing more books and will find a new outlet for his great talent soon.

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