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6 Jul 2006 // 2:25 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 // 2:23 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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29 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

Wassup Rockers (2005)

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

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29 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

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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27 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

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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27 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

Strangers with Candy (2006)

Jerri Blank repeatedly acts like a feral white trash child, a sort of spiteful id.

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25 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

Waist Deep (2006)

"Save our streets! Save our streets!" So pronounce the earnest demonstrators who appear at the start of Waist Deep, their placards raised high, their faces showing frustration.

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22 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

Click (2006)

While the movie's point is clear enough from frame one, it's so blatant and comes at such a high price that you feel mostly battered by its end.

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The Road to Guantánamo (2006)

The very illegibility of the movie's representational process, you imagine, approximates the assaults on the prisoners.

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21 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

The King (2005)

Though Elvis seems impelled by the memory of his dead Mexican mother and trained to deliver a certain calculated violence, his power is illusory.

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15 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

Nacho Libre (2006)

On one hand another formulaic loutish white boy saga, it also undercuts that premise, at least intermittently, offering instead a vision of unregulatable, unanxious, unwhite masculinity.

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The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)

Part coming-of-age tale, part auto show, and part parade of girls in high school uniforms, Tokyo Drift also comes with inventive, lots-of-fun race scenes.

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15 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Lake House (2006)

Shuffled around amid a series of very pretty split screens and unmoored voiceovers, Alex and Kate must create a relationship out of very contrived air.

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13 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Heart of the Game (2006)

Ward Serrill's smart, challenging documentary traces not only Darnellia and Resler's complicated relationship, but also a series of stories concerning high school athletics, race and class, and most importantly, girls.

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A Prairie Home Companion (2006)

A Prairie Home Companion combines typical Altman strategies, like overlapping dialogue and converging multiple storylines, as well as his fanatical appreciation for the process of creating art.

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8 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

Cars (2006)

Thrilling in its shiny surface detail, the NASCAR scene stretches before you like an anthropomorphized vista: this is the immediate future of animation, and Pixar, recently and loudly sold to Disney, means to own it.

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A Prairie Home Companion (2006)

You might call A Prairie Home Companion an unlikely Lindsay Lohan movie. You could also call it the best work she's done, the best work she's likely to do, or the best chance she's had to do good work.

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7 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

An Inconvenient Truth

Now that he's lost a presidential contest and done a couple of Saturday Night Lives, it appears Mr. Ex-veep is on a roll.

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5 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Omen (2006)

By the time poor Kate visits a shrink who embodies all the institutional and moral restrictions she faces daily, you're wanting everyone to jump off rooftops, preferably with nooses.

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