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26 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Catch a Fire (2006)

Actually, Phillip Noyce's thriller raises a question: how have the South African "terrorists," so deemed by Botha's administration, since become courageous freedom fighters?

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26 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Running With Scissors (2006)

Augusten's narration of Running with Scissors starts with a question: "How do I begin to tell the story of how my mother left me and how I left her?"

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25 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Tim Burtons The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

In a digital animation era, where cartoons are meticulously rendered, Nightmare plays the role of elder statesman.

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24 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Deliver Us From Evil (2006)

Where do you go when your clergy have behaved so abominably? Do you leave the Church that you love? If you decide to stay, are you in some way complicit in the crimes of your leaders?

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23 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Flicka (2006)

The movie takes Katy's view of the world, soliciting your sympathy for even her not-so-smart decisions.

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20 Oct 2006 // 3:27 AM

Flags of Our Fathers (2006)

War, the film argues, depends on lies, on myths and beliefs that could never be sustained were the experience represented or remembered explicitly.

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20 Oct 2006 // 2:54 AM

The Prestige (2006)

This trick -- The Transported Man -- is at the center of the film's thematic concerns with replication, movement, and deception.

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20 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Marie Antoinette (2006)

A girl made queen by the peculiar forces of 18th-century statecraft, Marie is by turns amused, alarmed, and pissed off, mercurial and imperious as only a teenager can be.

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17 Oct 2006 // 2:36 AM

Driving Lessons (2006)

As if the "driving lessons" metaphor is not burdensome enough, the film presents Ben with a series of non-options.

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13 Oct 2006 // 3:30 AM

Man of the Year (2006)

The troubles with Barry Levinson's movie are many, including an erratic pace and too many unfunny diversions, but the primary issue, strangely, is its lack of pointed political humor.

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13 Oct 2006 // 2:12 AM

The Grudge 2 (2006)

Rethinking the very concepts of remake, sequel, and translation, The Grudge 2 is not a regular horror movie, or even a regular J-horror movie.

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12 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Shortbus (2006)

Shortbus underlines the problem of defining what's real in its use of sex as means and sign of pleasure.

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12 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Infamous (2006)

When Truman quite gleefully describes his plan to use 'fictional techniques' to tell his nonfiction story, to shape the Clutter murders as an emblem of cultural malaise, Nelle insists on a knowable distinction between fact and fiction.

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Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006)

You know a trend has crested and collapsed by the time Michael Bay gets a hold of it.

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6 Oct 2006 // 3:05 AM

Little Children (2006)

If Little Children is pedantic and sometimes smug in its judgments, it is also painful.

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6 Oct 2006 // 1:00 AM

The Departed (2006)

The Departed's understanding of identity is deeply rooted in place and culture -- South Boston, Irish Catholicism, masculine rituals.

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4 Oct 2006 // 3:04 AM

The Queen (2006)

The several shots of Elizabeth II driving her SUV over bumpy roadways are quite the highlight in The Queen.

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29 Sep 2006 // 4:10 AM

Jesus Camp (2006)

If you take as a starting point that any image and any subject is political, a point this film makes regarding the Kids on Fire Camp, then you might also understand that politics in itself is not the problem.

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The Science of Sleep (La Science des rêves) (2006)

Written and directed by the ever inventive Michel Gondry, The Science of Sleep is a gorgeous, weird, mesmeric movie, with adorable animated reveries to represent Stéphane's subjective state.

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29 Sep 2006 // 1:00 AM

Renaissance (2006)

Illusion is frequently the threat in noir (the dark alley hides a killer, the femme is fatale), but the SF angle in Renaissance tweaks the possibilities.

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