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Village Voice lays off film critic J. Hoberman

Village_Voice_boffoJ. Hoberman, longtime film critic for The Village Voice, has been laid off, according to New York Magazine.

“I was shocked, but not surprised,” Hoberman told the Daily Intel. “I would be disingenuous to say I hadn’t considered the possibility that this would happen to me eventually.”

Hoberman joined The Village Voice in the 1970s as a freelancer before becoming senior film critic in 1988. He currently lectures at New York University and in 2008 was given the prestigious Mel Novikoff Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival for enhancing “the filmgoing public’s knowledge and appreciation of world cinema.”

Hoberman’s departure follows a string of layoffs at Village Voice Media last month, when some twenty staffers at various VVM-owned papers lost their jobs.

Other veteran film critics that stopped reviewing this year include the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Carrie Rickey, who took a buyout, and the Baltimore Sun’s Michael Sragow, who segued to an editing position.

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