Reviews > Film

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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8 Dec 2006 // 1:00 AM

The Holiday (2006)

The Holiday pretends its happy endings are premised on the women realizing their capacities as leading ladies. Really, what they're doing is finding the "right" men.

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8 Dec 2006 // 1:00 AM

Apocalypto (2006)

Looking like a precursor to Mad Max, Jaguar Paw has to manage his chase plot on his feet -- no turbo engines or gasoline.

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7 Dec 2006 // 2:00 AM

The History Boys (2006)

The History Boys is limited by its play-derived aspects: clever banter, three-act structure, meticulous blocking.

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6 Dec 2006 // 2:00 AM

Old Joy (2006)

While the film appears to focus on an evolving friendship, it is, as well, a meditation on political and moral ideals, as these give way to questions and frustrations, self-reflection and, perhaps, self-understanding.

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My Country, My Country (2006)

Though the elections were over in January 2005, My Country exposes tensions that remain raw, if ever shifting.

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4 Dec 2006 // 1:30 AM

3 Needles (2005)

3 Needles' point is well taken, even if its melodrama is underwhelming.

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1 Dec 2006 // 4:06 AM

10 Items or Less (2006)

"Small" would be the most apt word to describe 10 Items, which, as its title suggests, means to contain and concentrate its energy.

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1 Dec 2006 // 3:05 AM

Turistas (2006)

The so-called Third World wreaks vengeance on a bevy of beautiful Caucasians in Turistas.

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1 Dec 2006 // 1:30 AM

The Nativity Story (2006)

When word of Catherine Hardwicke's attachment to The Nativity Story first surfaced, the possibilities swirled: what if the film reimagined the about-14-year-old Mary as a recognizable teenager?

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30 Nov 2006 // 2:30 AM

Iraq in Fragments (2006)

A meditation on chaos and coping, the documentary keeps its focus intently on Iraqis.

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27 Nov 2006 // 1:00 AM

Deck the Halls (2006)

How did it happen that such determinedly ugly 'men must learn their holiday lessons' movies are now de rigeur?

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22 Nov 2006 // 2:00 AM

The Fountain (2006)

Izzi is both Tommy's end and his means, and so, at last, not quite herself.

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