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13 Apr 2007 // 3:05 AM

Disturbia (2007)

For all its revisiting of Rear Window's basic themes, however, Disturbia is most effective when it points to the differences between then and now.

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13 Apr 2007 // 3:00 AM

Perfect Stranger (2007)

While it begins dully enough for an investigative thriller, Perfect Stranger quickly skids off into abject foolishness.

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13 Apr 2007 // 2:55 AM

Pathfinder (2007)

Boasting a prettified brutality that rivals that of 300, Pathfinder also explores a similar theme, the manly pursuit of revenge at any cost.

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12 Apr 2007 // 5:10 AM

Red Road (2006)

In Red Road, Jackie's story extends beyond her control, no matter what she sees, thinks she sees, or tries to see.

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After the Wedding (Efter brylluppet) (2006)

Helene, caught like Jacob between lives, spends much of the film trying to explicate choices that now look only wrong.

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6 Apr 2007 // 5:41 AM

Grindhouse (2007)

Where the olden days movies were fierce, these are more nostalgic for a moment that's amplified in the remembering. These retreads are surely giddy, but they're also indulgent, just as they mean to be.

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6 Apr 2007 // 5:40 AM

The Hoax (2006)

Even as The Hoax works to wring emotional consequence from its many layers of lies, you're hard-pressed to believe it.

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6 Apr 2007 // 3:00 AM

Whole New Thing (2005)

Despite the promise of its representation of queer childhood, Whole New Thing ends up telling the same old story.

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5 Apr 2007 // 6:22 AM

The Reaping (2007)

Ben more or less embodies The Reaping's pretended argument between Christian belief and skepticism.

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4 Apr 2007 // 4:00 AM

Are We Done Yet? (2007)

A showdown with a raccoon who steals his Corn Nuts grants Ice Cube, Mr. AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted, the opportunity to mutter, "You should know not to mess with a man's nuts." I can't tell you how painful it is.

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3 Apr 2007 // 5:00 AM

oFirst Snow (2006)

Any movie that finds a place for the remarkable Jackie Burroughs begins with bonus points.

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Meet the Robinsons (2007)

The fact that Meet the Robinsons doesn't have a bunch of misfit celebrity-voiced animals banding together is in itself almost enough to recommend it.

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30 Mar 2007 // 4:21 AM

The Lookout (2007)

Gordon-Levitt makes Chris' efforts to look at himself honestly seem quite complicated, a series of steps both typical and original.

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30 Mar 2007 // 3:15 AM

Blades of Glory (2007)

As pleased with itself as any other Will Ferrell comedy, Blades of Glory targets buddy and sports movie conventions, and -- oh yes -- ponders the profound gayness of figure skating.

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The Hills Have Eyes 2 (2007)

The yucky desert mutants have resurfaced, this time in search of females for breeding.

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30 Mar 2007 // 3:00 AM

Memory (2005)

Like a high school essay written the night before it's due, Memory reveals its dearth of imagination right off, with a frontispiece dictionary definition of its title.

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28 Mar 2007 // 3:00 AM

The Dead Girl (2006)

An anthology of five stories organized around the titular corpse, the movie is a bleak but oddly robust homage to women's survival and defeat in the face of violence, oppression, and non-options.

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27 Mar 2007 // 5:00 AM

Pride (2007)

Emphasis on race as a basis for prejudice is one thing; emphasis on race as a basis for dignity is something else.

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23 Mar 2007 // 5:30 AM

Offside (2006)

Jafar Panahi's Offside uses handheld mobile framing and non-professional actors to create a natural-seeming rhythm, immersing you in multiple experiences, introducing a number of characters all connected by events, desires, and circumstances.

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23 Mar 2007 // 5:29 AM

Reign Over Me (2007)

Even as it probes the difficulties of coping with loss and showcases Cheadle's remarkable capacity for compelling understatement, it also grants Sandler too much time to practice his seriosity in close-up.

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