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6 May 2006 // 2:03 AM

A movie titled M:I:III can't lean too hard on verbal wit, and so it quickly leaves Laurence Fishburne behind to head out into the actionated field.

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The Promise (Wu ji) (2005)

There's a lesson here, about the seductions of wealth versus the purities of true love, but the film is less concerned with teaching it than laying out all the pieces and letting them fly.

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Mission Impossible III (2006)

A movie titled M:I:III can't lean too hard on verbal wit, and so it quickly leaves Laurence Fishburne behind to head out into the actionated field.

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4 May 2006 // 3:00 AM

Down in the Valley (2005)

Look out: here comes another revisionist Western.

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The Devil and Daniel Johnston (2005)

Daniel Johnston's extensive self-documentation is sometimes eerie, as The Devil and Daniel Johnston has an abundance of material from which to cull its storyline.

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2 May 2006 // 3:00 AM

Sir! No Sir! (2006)

War, the documentary establishes right off, is mythic and ruinous.

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1 May 2006 // 3:00 AM

Kinky Boots (2006)

Chiwetel Ejiofor is the reason to see Kinky Boots. Always charismatic and compelling, he is here also fabulous.

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28 Apr 2006 // 3:00 AM

United 93

In its fitful remembering, United 93 raises important questions (however reverentially) about the making of history.

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28 Apr 2006 // 3:00 AM

Water (2005)

Deepa Mehta's controversial film considers the complicated, often excruciating impositions on women's lives at a time when Mahatma Gandhi is exposing the oppressions of colonial powers.

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Three Times (Zui hao de shi guang) (2006)

Seen individually, the three sections of Three Times would be impressive; taken altogether, they're devastating.

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28 Apr 2006 // 3:00 AM

Akeelah and the Bee (2006)

It is in her relationships with other kids that Akeelah becomes unusual even within her formula film.

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28 Apr 2006 // 3:00 AM

Stick It (2006)

When Burt suggests she 'come back,' Haley refuses... until she realizes, pace Richard Gere, 'I've got nowhere else to go.'

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The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005)

If only Lazarescu had wandered into a slick American melodrama, maybe someone would have made sure he received the relief he needed.

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21 Apr 2006 // 3:00 AM

The Sentinel (2006)

I suppose if you're going to cast the deliriously overexposed Eva Longoria -- and give her a weapon, to boot -- you might as well make fun of the fact that you've done so.

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21 Apr 2006 // 3:00 AM

American Dreamz (2006)

Here's the rub: does it matter that consumers know all about the badness and the cynical ambition, but watch anyway?

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21 Apr 2006 // 3:00 AM

Silent Hill (2006)

Long on atmosphere, Silent Hill is way short on cunning or beguiling. It's also short on sense.

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21 Apr 2006 // 3:00 AM

Scary Movie 4 (2006)

The problem is that none of this is surprising. We've seen these jokes on late night television, heard them on the radio or even thought of them ourselves.

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Mountain Patrol: Kekexili (2004)

Mountain Patrol: Kekexili charts one local moment in the global clash between capitalism and conservation.

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18 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Days of Heaven (1978)

Terrence Malick's 1978 film leaves you with the ache of paradise briefly felt and then remembered.

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17 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Hard Candy (2005)

David Slade's film is discomforting, pressing at collective nerves exposed by any number of recent 'investigative reports' on child predators.

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