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Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams (2006)

Jasmila Žbanic's film follows a mother struggling to raise her daughter in the aftermath of the Balkan War.

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2 Mar 2007 // 2:58 AM

Black Snake Moan (2007)

Samuel L. Jackson's new Southern-fried movie is all about the blues.

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2 Mar 2007 // 2:57 AM

Wild Hogs (2007)

From the director responsible for Van Wilder, Wild Hogs is another thudding men-will-be-boys saga, this time populated by middle-agey stereotypes.

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Days of Glory (Indigènes) (2006)

Indigènes' generic structure is strategic, exposing French hypocrisy and inequality in the treatment of North African recruits.

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25 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

The Abandoned (2006)

Like the Overlook Hotel in The Shining, this bad place exacts revenge on ignorant interlopers.

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23 Feb 2007 // 4:00 AM

Amazing Grace (2006)

The movie's thematic insistence on seeing takes shape through slavery, a horrible moral blight even if it's off-screen in the colonies and not in London with our heroes.

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23 Feb 2007 // 1:00 AM

The Number 23 (2007)

The movie is at least nominally aware of the silliness of its device, that the finding of 23s in every frame is a game, that the meanings are more about readers' needs than some grand plan of the universe.

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23 Feb 2007 // 1:00 AM

The Astronaut Farmer (2007)

Audie has always believed Charlie will launch his rocket. And with one neat, maybe comical metaphor, it's very clear what's at stake.

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Bridge to Terabithia (2007)

Where other "kids' films" might instruct or condescend, Bridge to Terabithia treats children like what they will eventually become: grown-ups.

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20 Feb 2007 // 2:51 AM

Hannibal Rising (2007)

Hannibal's executions of the "primal scene" cannibals reveal his inclination for bizarre yuckiness.

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19 Feb 2007 // 1:00 AM

Factory Girl (2006)

Part breathless, part exhausted, the movie offers up a gossipy interpretation of Edie Sedgwick's life and death.

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16 Feb 2007 // 2:00 AM

Ghost Rider (2007)

Now, not only is the Ghost Rider beleaguered by Mephistopheles' incessant demands, but also by this big-screen ignominy.

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Avenue Montaigne (Fauteuils dorchestre) (2006)

Danièle Thompson's Avenue Montaigne is a paean to Paris, love, and the invigorating power of art.

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16 Feb 2007 // 2:00 AM

Breach (2007)

Eric has his Hanssenesque moments, proud of being able to "read" his man, but the film makes their differences more pronounced than their similarities. While Eric adheres to a moral code familiar in spy movies, Hanssen remains slippery.

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Tyler Perrys Daddys Little Girls (2007)

A disappointingly outsized villain, Jenny fills up what would have been Madea's space, only she's not so strong, entertaining, or even convincing.

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14 Feb 2007 // 1:00 AM

Music and Lyrics (2007)

The Hugh Grant / Drew Barrymore comedy is all about the grand and giddy artifice of pop.

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9 Feb 2007 // 3:00 AM

Norbit (2007)

In the poster, he looks squished and distressed, she looks furious, as if daring you not to get the joke built into the very concept of Multiple Murphys.

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The Lives of Others (Das Leben der Anderen) (2006)

In East Berlin 1984, Gerd Wiesler believes in what he does. A Stasi captain and surveillance expert, he implacably pursues his directive, "to know everything."

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Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple (2006)

Jonestown shows that Jones -- whether you read him as insecure or aberrant, imperious or symptomatic -- was a sign of his times.

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2 Feb 2007 // 5:37 AM

The Situation (2006)

Even as The Situation makes a mucky melodrama out of the war in Iraq, this effect does not seem entirely inappropriate, as it accommodates a U.S. perspective of its own actions.

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