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28 Jun 2006 // 2:00 AM

Caché (Hidden) (2005)

Michael Haneke's movies are never easy. Instead, they set out complex, multi-layered problems, encountered by ordinary-seeming characters, sometimes worked out but more usually left unresolved.

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We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen (2005)

If viewers of this film rush out in pursuit of Minutemen albums, the film will have accomplished its humble goal of paying tribute to one of the all-time great bands of the modern recording era.

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26 Jun 2006 // 3:00 PM

Why We Fight (2005)

Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson observes, 'I sometimes think many American leaders in civilian clothes would love to have Doberman pinschers whom they could release on the world and then put back in their cages. They don't like the Dobermans to have PhDs and question their decisions.'"

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26 Jun 2006 // 3:00 PM

Annapolis (2006)

Toward the end of 'achieving a balance' in the film, Justin Lin says, 'It was just basically a massage all the way through, from the writing to the production to the editing.'"

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19 Jun 2006 // 3:00 PM

Syriana (2005)

If you come away with nothing else from Syriana, it's that this concept -- winning -- is an illusion, at least in any sort of long run.

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The Cult of the Suicide Bomber (2004)

Martyrdom requires a level of self-abnegation that makes self-awareness impossible.

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Napoleon Dynamite: Like the Best Special Edition Ever (2004)

Napoleon Dynamite argues not only for the experience of being misunderstood, but also the gradual acceptance of knowing one is misunderstood.

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Valley of the Dolls (Special Edition) / Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1967/1970)

Dolls and Beyond might help us see that we are, today, all living smack in the middle of the valley of the dolls.

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12 Jun 2006 // 3:00 PM

Neil Young: Heart of Gold (2006)

Together, Neil Young and Jonathan Demme make the graying of the quintessential baby boom musician a triumph to be celebrated.

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12 Jun 2006 // 3:00 PM

Aquamarine (2006)

Aquamarine respects bonds between girls, framing this threeway friendship as more engaging than any summertime movie romance.

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The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)

'If you read the script,' Tommy Lee Jones tells his two actors, 'really, it doesn't look like anyone is saying anything that actually matters.'"

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Mr. & Mrs Smith: Unrated Collector’s Edition (2004)

Mr. & Mrs. Smith strips away the niceties of the classical narrative form to revel in pure spectacle, and to surprisingly pleasurable effect.

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Mommie Dearest: Hollywood Royalty Edition (1981)

Watching Mommie Dearest: Hollywood Royalty Edition with John Waters' commentary track is like seeing it with your sharpest, funniest friend, who just happens to have inside dish on Melanie Griffith.

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5 Jun 2006 // 3:00 PM

Glory Road (2006)

In a Jerry Bruckheimer sports movie, truth and good intentions have little chance against formula.

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29 May 2006 // 3:00 PM

Winter Soldier (1972)

The men in Winter Soldier stepped forward, spoke truth to power, sought to expose policies and expectations that had gone terribly wrong.

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29 May 2006 // 3:00 PM

Date Movie (Unrated) (2004)

Date Movie is not the spoof it seemingly aspires to. Rather, it's but a dreadfully long catalog of references to other infinitely superior movies.

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2 May 2006 // 1:03 AM

Last Holiday

'So much of the movie,' says director Wayne Wang of his Last Holiday, 'is about giving up your fears and trying to live your life.'

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1 May 2006 // 3:00 PM

The Warrior (2005)

The warrior tries to lose himself in the Himalayas, where, director Asif Kapadia says, they used fans to blow sand, which clogged machinery and nostrils: 'I will not be doing a sandstorm shoot again in a hurry, I tell you.'"

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Kenny Rogers: Legend of the Gambler (1980, 1983, 1987)

The movies echo the original tune, an odd combination of existential weariness and jaunty bravado, via buddy-movie heroics and a surprisingly hard-edged family melodrama.

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1 May 2006 // 3:00 PM

The Family Stone (2005)

In trying to balance the competing forces of farce and pathos, the film is at times funny and moving, though there are so many characters and subplots that some get lost in the shuffle.

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