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20 Oct 2006 // 3:27 AM

Flags of Our Fathers (2006)

War, the film argues, depends on lies, on myths and beliefs that could never be sustained were the experience represented or remembered explicitly.

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20 Oct 2006 // 2:54 AM

The Prestige (2006)

This trick -- The Transported Man -- is at the center of the film's thematic concerns with replication, movement, and deception.

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20 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Marie Antoinette (2006)

A girl made queen by the peculiar forces of 18th-century statecraft, Marie is by turns amused, alarmed, and pissed off, mercurial and imperious as only a teenager can be.

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17 Oct 2006 // 2:36 AM

Driving Lessons (2006)

As if the "driving lessons" metaphor is not burdensome enough, the film presents Ben with a series of non-options.

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13 Oct 2006 // 3:30 AM

Man of the Year (2006)

The troubles with Barry Levinson's movie are many, including an erratic pace and too many unfunny diversions, but the primary issue, strangely, is its lack of pointed political humor.

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13 Oct 2006 // 2:12 AM

The Grudge 2 (2006)

Rethinking the very concepts of remake, sequel, and translation, The Grudge 2 is not a regular horror movie, or even a regular J-horror movie.

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12 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Shortbus (2006)

Shortbus underlines the problem of defining what's real in its use of sex as means and sign of pleasure.

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12 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Infamous (2006)

When Truman quite gleefully describes his plan to use 'fictional techniques' to tell his nonfiction story, to shape the Clutter murders as an emblem of cultural malaise, Nelle insists on a knowable distinction between fact and fiction.

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Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006)

You know a trend has crested and collapsed by the time Michael Bay gets a hold of it.

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6 Oct 2006 // 3:05 AM

Little Children (2006)

If Little Children is pedantic and sometimes smug in its judgments, it is also painful.

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6 Oct 2006 // 1:00 AM

The Departed (2006)

The Departed's understanding of identity is deeply rooted in place and culture -- South Boston, Irish Catholicism, masculine rituals.

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4 Oct 2006 // 3:04 AM

The Queen (2006)

The several shots of Elizabeth II driving her SUV over bumpy roadways are quite the highlight in The Queen.

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29 Sep 2006 // 4:10 AM

Jesus Camp (2006)

If you take as a starting point that any image and any subject is political, a point this film makes regarding the Kids on Fire Camp, then you might also understand that politics in itself is not the problem.

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The Science of Sleep (La Science des rêves) (2006)

Written and directed by the ever inventive Michel Gondry, The Science of Sleep is a gorgeous, weird, mesmeric movie, with adorable animated reveries to represent Stéphane's subjective state.

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29 Sep 2006 // 1:00 AM

Renaissance (2006)

Illusion is frequently the threat in noir (the dark alley hides a killer, the femme is fatale), but the SF angle in Renaissance tweaks the possibilities.

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29 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Jet Lis Fearless (Huo Yuan Jia) (2006)

Twenty-five years after his first martial arts movie appearance, Jet Li is retiring from the genre he helped to popularize in the West, with a film that looks both forward and back.

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29 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Guardian (2006)

Early snickers greeting The Guardian's trailers took an easy target. Kevin Costner in water: dude, it couldn't be good.

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29 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

School for Scoundrels (2006)

Amanda is demoted from object of desire to prop, so wan and undirected that she'll fall for whoever happens to be winning the boys' contest at any given moment.

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The Last King of Scotland (2006)

That Nicholas is also capable of great horrors, specifically in that he lets others act it for him and gets away with it, makes him, at some level, even more troubling than Amin.

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22 Sep 2006 // 3:21 AM

Feast (2005)

The primary means of educing viewer dread and desire is a mix of flayed flesh, maggots, and insides turned out.

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