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16 Feb 2007 // 1:00 AM

Ghost Rider (2007)

Now, not only is the Ghost Rider beleaguered by Mephistopheles' incessant demands, but also by this big-screen ignominy.

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Avenue Montaigne (Fauteuils dorchestre) (2006)

Danièle Thompson's Avenue Montaigne is a paean to Paris, love, and the invigorating power of art.

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16 Feb 2007 // 1:00 AM

Breach (2007)

Eric has his Hanssenesque moments, proud of being able to "read" his man, but the film makes their differences more pronounced than their similarities. While Eric adheres to a moral code familiar in spy movies, Hanssen remains slippery.

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Tyler Perrys Daddys Little Girls (2007)

A disappointingly outsized villain, Jenny fills up what would have been Madea's space, only she's not so strong, entertaining, or even convincing.

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14 Feb 2007 // 12:00 AM

Music and Lyrics (2007)

The Hugh Grant / Drew Barrymore comedy is all about the grand and giddy artifice of pop.

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9 Feb 2007 // 2:00 AM

Norbit (2007)

In the poster, he looks squished and distressed, she looks furious, as if daring you not to get the joke built into the very concept of Multiple Murphys.

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The Lives of Others (Das Leben der Anderen) (2006)

In East Berlin 1984, Gerd Wiesler believes in what he does. A Stasi captain and surveillance expert, he implacably pursues his directive, "to know everything."

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Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple (2006)

Jonestown shows that Jones -- whether you read him as insecure or aberrant, imperious or symptomatic -- was a sign of his times.

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2 Feb 2007 // 4:37 AM

The Situation (2006)

Even as The Situation makes a mucky melodrama out of the war in Iraq, this effect does not seem entirely inappropriate, as it accommodates a U.S. perspective of its own actions.

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2 Feb 2007 // 2:44 AM

Because I Said So (2007)

Tacky and terminally bland, Because I Said So sets up one basic joke -- the interfering mother -- and runs it into the ground.

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2 Feb 2007 // 12:30 AM

The Messengers (2007)

Another scary house movie, another family in crisis. And especially, another lithe but steely girl in danger.

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30 Jan 2007 // 1:00 AM

God Grew Tired of Us (2007)

Not quite intimate, the film can only hint at its subjects' depths of pain and strength, observing as they grapple with the perversities of life in the States.

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29 Jan 2007 // 12:00 AM

Breaking and Entering (2006)

While Breaking and Entering leans heavily on its metaphors (see especially, the titular allusions), it doesn't make any of its roiling notions compelling.

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26 Jan 2007 // 1:00 AM

Smokin Aces (2006)

Smokin' Aces mashes together at least four movies, with all plots and characters spinning around a Vegas card trickster.

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26 Jan 2007 // 1:00 AM

Catch and Release (2006)

That this movie doesn’t find a way out of the morass of generic cliché and triviality isn't surprising, but it is disappointing.

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26 Jan 2007 // 1:00 AM

Blood and Chocolate (2007)

Vivian sees the world holistically, seeking compromise and even some measure of compatibility with humans. Call it the zen of werewolfness.

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19 Jan 2007 // 1:00 AM

Notes on a Scandal (2006)

As much as Barbara judges, you may find yourself in a quandary, not judging so much as taking pleasure in her vile, brilliant perfection.

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19 Jan 2007 // 1:00 AM

The Hitcher (2007)

Grace gathers herself into a vengeful and even self-aware fury, as her boyfriend watches in some awe, wondering more than once what she's doing.

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15 Jan 2007 // 10:00 PM

Primeval (2007)

Two plotlines come together thematically, as the militias are "killing machines" much like the crocodile is purported to be, and neither attracts the attention of white Western media or intervention by international peacekeepers.

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12 Jan 2007 // 1:00 AM

Stomp the Yard (2007)

DJ initially channels his shoulder-chippy anger at "the system" though crunk, and his innovative moves make him a crowd favorite.

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