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14 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Benchwarmers (2006)

It's a shame that tee-heeing at gayness couldn't be jettisoned for the kids, rather than re-emphasized.

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7 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Take the Lead (2006)

There's something disturbing about the recent proliferation of films with this 'save the inner city kids' motif.

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7 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Phat Girlz (2006)

If Phat Girlz is about desire, for viewers even more than actors or characters, it is also about how that desire is constructed by images.

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Night Watch (Nochnoi Dozor) (2004)

Like the forces of Light and Darkness, Art and Commerce work within a negotiated, often tense, Armistice, as they have for hundreds of years.

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7 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Lucky Number Slevin (2005)

Despite the title of the movie he lives in, Slevin (Josh Hartnett) is only partly lucky.

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7 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things (2006)

Based on the 'autobiographical' work of J.T. Leroy, The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things announces itself as 'unreliable'.

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7 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Friends with Money (2006)

'Poor Olivia' (Jennifer Aniston), as her friends call her, is actually poor, at least compared to them.

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7 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Brick (2005)

Brendan, with the glasses, makes it his business to see what's going on, being the usual noir guy who walks mean streets.

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31 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Slither (2006)

The ensuing slimy onslaught combines and exacerbates conventions familiar from alien invasion and zombie movies, with a bit of David Cronenberg's body transmorphology as well.

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31 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Drawing Restraint 9 (2005)

Sometimes, the film seems a lengthy Bjork music video -- confusing, beautiful, and somewhat ridiculous.

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C.S.A.: Confederate States of America (2004)

The most alarming thing about C.S.A.: Confederate States of America is how utterly unalarming it seems.

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31 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

ATL (2006)

Cinematography by Crash. Whatever else you might think about Chris Robinson's feature film debut, this credit for his longtime music video DP is certainly long overdue.

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31 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Ask the Dust (2006)

Colin Farrell's voiceover at the beginning of Ask the Dust makes it clear that Robert Towne's new film is in love with words.

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Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction (2006)

As in the first film, this premise -- that Catherine's plot is a series of lies -- is mildly interesting.

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23 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

Lenfant (2006)

Winner of the 2005 Palme d'Or at the Cannes, L'enfant takes an abrupt turn that's not so startling as it initially seems.

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23 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

Stoned (2005)

Brian Jones appears to be diligently practicing infidelity and abusing alcohol throughout.

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23 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

Inside Man (2006)

New York is everywhere in Spike Lee's sharp, new, genre-bending movie.

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22 Mar 2006 // 1:00 AM

Joyeux Noël (2005)

Certainly few war zones would allow for such communal religious touchstones, given that religious belief is more often than not the impetus for war.

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21 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

Joyeux Noël (2005)

Certainly few war zones would allow for such communal religious touchstones, given that religious belief is more often than not the impetus for war.

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16 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Zodiac (2006)

The Zodiac so altered our consciousness that we can now easily imagine a serial killer with no motivation other than achieving a public spectacle.

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