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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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21 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Clerks II (2006)

The point of Clerks, either number, is talk -- speedy, competitive, clever banter that recalls, in its profane way, the rhythms of old Ben Hecht comedies.

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20 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

The War Tapes (2006)

'I'm not the media, damn it,' sighs Specialist Mike Moriarty, while also wondering whether 'there's any way to truthfully tell a story without putting a slant on it.'

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The Hidden Blade (Kakushi-ken: oni no tsume) (2004)

Katagiri's masculine code is being replaced by an economy premised on gunpowder and shot.

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14 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Little Man (2006)

None of these gender clichés is especially funny, and it doesn't help that Marlon Wayans' face often looks sloppily pasted onto the stunt bodies who do all the running around, falling, and crashing.

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14 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

You, Me and Dupree (2006)

This impossible place -- most desired object and least elucidated subject -- makes Molly typical of the women in white guy romcoms.

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14 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

The OH in Ohio (2006)

The main problem with The OH in Ohio is that most of its hijinks seem cribbed from episodes of Sex and the City -- and we're talking Season Two.

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Only Human (Seres Queridos) (2004)

A kooky romantic comedy directed by a married couple -- Dominic Harari and Teresa Pelegri -- Only Human is also an increase-the-peace allegory.

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Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos (2006)

Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos is an adoring, disco-accompanied, bright-lighted look back at a brief moment when soccer was popular in the States.

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)

Demented and punctuated by Depp's scowls and "oofs," Jack Sparrow's stunty bits are mostly amusing and sometimes even surprising.

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7 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Shooting Dogs (2004)

Based on a true story and co-written by a BBC journalist who worked in Rwanda during the genocide, the film is an absorbing meditation on what men do in dark times.

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7 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Heading South (Vers le sud) (2005)

With their newfound sexual empowerment gradually eroded by disillusionment, the women are finally predictable.

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6 Jul 2006 // 3:25 PM

A Scanner Darkly (2006)

Simultaneously strange and familiar, not himself, Bob lives inside an ooky, unsolvable world that mirrors our own ongoing fears, of surveillance, loss, and forgetting.

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6 Jul 2006 // 3:23 PM

A Scanner Darkly (2006)

The suits make for images so fascinating they feel nearly "addictive," appropriate given that the film is about (among other things), viewing, reality, and addiction.

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30 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Wassup Rockers (2005)

Though disaster is inevitable, the movie makes its point: the boys are cool, utterly and unstoppably.

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30 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

'You sold your soul the first time you put on that pair of Jimmy Choos.' So ascertains Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep), editor-in-chief at Runway magazine, disdainful of her self-doubting assistant. And so she summarizes yet another tale of a little girl who finds corruption in the big city.

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Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man (2005)

Lian Lunson's concert documentary, Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man, works against itself, with too many gushing tributes and not enough Cohen.

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28 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Superman Returns (2006)

Superman has seen the aftermath of world destruction, and he's come back with a perspective not quite so boldly idealistic or pompously ideological.

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