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11 Aug 2006 // 1:00 AM

Half Nelson (2006)

Dan's take on history -- as concept and series of events -- has as much to do with his personal past as any ideological leanings. He sees history in motion, as ongoing questions.

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House of Sand (Casa de Areia) (2005)

"Here, no man tells me what to do," says Maria. Indeed, they have found a bizarre sort of freedom in their existence, at once abject and glorious, desolate and fulfilled.

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9 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

World Trade Center

While the survivors lie within this well of shadows and shards, the film shows tv viewers around the world, briefly united in horror and incredulity, watching iconic CNN footage.

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8 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Quinceañera (2005)

Both cast off as "liars" by their families, Magdalena and Carlos assume one another's truths.

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7 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Trantasia (2006)

For good or bad, many of the performers believe they will "make it." Such belief is a symptom our incessant celebrity worship.

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4 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Descent (2005)

This second feature by Neil Marshall (Dog Soldiers) knows what it's about, both its generic limits and your knowledge of those limits. It doesn't try to trick you, but instead delivers the usual tension-building effects.

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Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)

As much as Ricky Bobby's racing career is about going fast, it's even more cogently about products, lots of 'em.

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4 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Night Listener (2006)

Tapping into recent public outrages over writers who lie, The Night Listener's indictments are drearily unsubtle.

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4 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Descent (2005)

The crawly cave-beasts keep popping up in sudden soundtrack blasts, but Neil Marshall's half-baked ideas about betrayal and woman's capacity for savagery are simplistic and pretentious.

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The Great Yokai War (Yôkai daisensô) (2005)

The Great Yokai War is only ostensibly about war, displayed here as a failure of imagination.

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28 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

John Tucker Must Die (2006)

Starting with the fact that its 'high school students' look closer to 30 than 16, John Tucker Must Die is a film out of joint.

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28 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Scoop (2006)

Allen once channeled Bergman in Interiors and Fellini in Stardust Memories, but in Scoop, he commits a more self-indulgent crime, paying tribute to his own works.

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28 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Scoop (2006)

If Scoop has a theme, submerged beneath its poor plotting, clumsy editing, and reductive characterizations, deception might be it.

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28 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Miami Vice (2006)

Gong Li's face and form are made for this: she absorbs the movie's energies and just like that, it hardly matters what Crockett or Tubbs thinks he's doing.

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26 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

Even as Sheryl and Grandpa try to soothe little Olive, her father's "refuse to lose" credo creates a mountain of expectation.

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24 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Brothers of the Head (2005)

Brothers of the Head explores the overlaps between fiction and reality as they constitute rock-stardom, and more expansively, sexuality, desire, and consumption.

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21 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Shadowboxer (2005)

While their profession is both odious and familiar, Mikey and Rose's sexual relationship is less commonplace.

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Boys Briefs 4: Six Short Films About Guys Who Hustle (2006)

Gigolo demonstrates how the queer hustler -- tragic, romantic, and heroic -- still has the power to shock and to demand social change.

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My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006)

Eddie Izzard brings a whole other dimension to My Super Ex-Girlfriend, being wily and subversive rather than flamboyant.

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21 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Lady in the Water (2006)

Story's whiter-than-white skin, bloody cuts, color-shifting hair, and need to keep wet make her a bizarre amalgamation of fantasies, alternately "male" and "childish."

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