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5 Jan 2007 // 1:30 AM

Children of Men (2007)

Even with so much attention paid to her body and to her child, Kee's story is secondary to Theo's, as his loss of hope must be undone and his past redressed.

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5 Jan 2007 // 1:30 AM

Freedom Writers (2007)

Corny and contrived, Freedom Writers also argues for listening to teenagers. That alone makes it strange and even a little wonderful.

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Codename: The Cleaner (2007)

Ostensibly, Codename tells the story of a man who finds himself.

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4 Jan 2007 // 1:00 AM

The Painted Veil (2006)

The Painted Veil uses its narrative limits to make its political case, that privilege breeds ignorance.

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3 Jan 2007 // 12:00 AM

Miss Potter (2006)

Chris Noonan's next-film-after-Babe doesn't engage this alternative realm except as whimsy. Beatrix is eccentric. Her "friends" are cute.

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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)

That Grenouille is also utterly symptomatic -- that is, not an individual so much as a representative of what ails his cultural milieu -- is hardly news.

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22 Dec 2006 // 9:00 AM

Night at the Museum (2006)

Worried that his dad's dreams are getting in the way of his present life, Nicky asks, "What if you're just an ordinary guy, who should get a job?"

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22 Dec 2006 // 2:20 AM

We Are Marshall (2006)

The film manages a complex range of feelings with a series of hackneyed characters, plot turns, and montages. Lots of montages.

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22 Dec 2006 // 2:20 AM

The Good Shepherd (2006)

For Edward, the CIA forms a circular logic: members define the mission and vice versa.

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21 Dec 2006 // 12:30 AM

Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)

Poetic and pained, Letters from Iwo Jima is a war movie about loss and, almost worse, the anticipation of loss.

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20 Dec 2006 // 12:30 AM

Rocky Balboa (2006)

Rocky Balboa traces its own kind of full circle, linking art and populism, politics and dreams.

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19 Dec 2006 // 12:00 AM

Volver (2006)

The women repeatedly confront and contemplate death, gathering in rituals of grief and affirmation.

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18 Dec 2006 // 1:00 AM

The Good German (2006)

The Good German's visual evocations of 1940s movies only underscore its many deconstructions, of nostalgia, heroism, and political coherence.

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15 Dec 2006 // 1:30 AM

Dreamgirls (2006)

The decidedly uneven score embraces the music of its moment, from soul to Motown to pop to disco, all filtered through Broadway, which means it's all too watery and white.

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The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

As quick and resolute as Chris may be, he's still caught up in the fiction around him, The Pursuit of Happyness, which is not nearly so smart.

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15 Dec 2006 // 1:00 AM

Home of the Brave (2006)

You pretty much know what's about to happen in Irwin Winkler's utterly sincere and poorly executed look at veterans' troubles readjusting to the World.

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13 Dec 2006 // 11:45 PM

Charlottes Web (2006)

Surprise! There is nothing even remotely offensive or ironic or postmodern about Charlotte's Web.

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12 Dec 2006 // 10:00 PM

Black Gold (2006)

Alternating between shots of beautiful landscapes and starving children, the movie follows the work of Tadesse Meskela, even-tempered, charismatic representative of the Oromia Coffee Farmers Co-operative Union.

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11 Dec 2006 // 10:18 PM

Unaccompanied Minors (2006)

Why is the Christmas message in "family movies" repeatedly reduced to splats, farts, bruises, and winky-wink sex jokes?

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8 Dec 2006 // 3:00 AM

Blood Diamond (2006)

The movie can't seem to get out of its own way, relying on melodramatic clichés to make complex political observations.

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