Reviews > Film

22 Dec 2006 // 10:00 AM

Night at the Museum (2006)

Worried that his dad's dreams are getting in the way of his present life, Nicky asks, "What if you're just an ordinary guy, who should get a job?"

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22 Dec 2006 // 3:20 AM

We Are Marshall (2006)

The film manages a complex range of feelings with a series of hackneyed characters, plot turns, and montages. Lots of montages.

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22 Dec 2006 // 3:20 AM

The Good Shepherd (2006)

For Edward, the CIA forms a circular logic: members define the mission and vice versa.

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Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)

Poetic and pained, Letters from Iwo Jima is a war movie about loss and, almost worse, the anticipation of loss.

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20 Dec 2006 // 1:30 AM

Rocky Balboa (2006)

Rocky Balboa traces its own kind of full circle, linking art and populism, politics and dreams.

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19 Dec 2006 // 1:00 AM

Volver (2006)

The women repeatedly confront and contemplate death, gathering in rituals of grief and affirmation.

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18 Dec 2006 // 2:00 AM

The Good German (2006)

The Good German's visual evocations of 1940s movies only underscore its many deconstructions, of nostalgia, heroism, and political coherence.

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15 Dec 2006 // 2:30 AM

Dreamgirls (2006)

The decidedly uneven score embraces the music of its moment, from soul to Motown to pop to disco, all filtered through Broadway, which means it's all too watery and white.

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The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

As quick and resolute as Chris may be, he's still caught up in the fiction around him, The Pursuit of Happyness, which is not nearly so smart.

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15 Dec 2006 // 2:00 AM

Home of the Brave (2006)

You pretty much know what's about to happen in Irwin Winkler's utterly sincere and poorly executed look at veterans' troubles readjusting to the World.

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14 Dec 2006 // 12:45 AM

Charlottes Web (2006)

Surprise! There is nothing even remotely offensive or ironic or postmodern about Charlotte's Web.

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12 Dec 2006 // 11:00 PM

Black Gold (2006)

Alternating between shots of beautiful landscapes and starving children, the movie follows the work of Tadesse Meskela, even-tempered, charismatic representative of the Oromia Coffee Farmers Co-operative Union.

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11 Dec 2006 // 11:18 PM

Unaccompanied Minors (2006)

Why is the Christmas message in "family movies" repeatedly reduced to splats, farts, bruises, and winky-wink sex jokes?

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8 Dec 2006 // 4:00 AM

Blood Diamond (2006)

The movie can't seem to get out of its own way, relying on melodramatic clichés to make complex political observations.

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8 Dec 2006 // 2:00 AM

The Holiday (2006)

The Holiday pretends its happy endings are premised on the women realizing their capacities as leading ladies. Really, what they're doing is finding the "right" men.

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8 Dec 2006 // 2:00 AM

Apocalypto (2006)

Looking like a precursor to Mad Max, Jaguar Paw has to manage his chase plot on his feet -- no turbo engines or gasoline.

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7 Dec 2006 // 3:00 AM

The History Boys (2006)

The History Boys is limited by its play-derived aspects: clever banter, three-act structure, meticulous blocking.

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6 Dec 2006 // 3:00 AM

Old Joy (2006)

While the film appears to focus on an evolving friendship, it is, as well, a meditation on political and moral ideals, as these give way to questions and frustrations, self-reflection and, perhaps, self-understanding.

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My Country, My Country (2006)

Though the elections were over in January 2005, My Country exposes tensions that remain raw, if ever shifting.

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4 Dec 2006 // 2:30 AM

3 Needles (2005)

3 Needles' point is well taken, even if its melodrama is underwhelming.

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