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10 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Lars Von Trier resists few opportunities to deride the capitalist system that breeds a permanent underclass of wage slaves.

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10 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Final Destination 3 (2006)

The franchise bucks the slasher trend, proceeding without a one-lining monster-boy.

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10 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Firewall (2006)

Is there any role that Mary Lynn Rajskub can't make strange? I mean, delightfully and eloquently strange?"

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The Boys of Baraka (2006) - PopMatters Film Review
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The titular subjects are four (of 20) Baltimore at-risk students selected to attend the Baraka School in Kenya. The film displays some of this extraordinary experience without making any of it cheap or simplistic.

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9 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Pink Panther

Jean Reno gets the prize for infinite patience, as he maintains an admirable serenity amid the frenzy, perhaps especially when clobbering Clouseau.

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The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)

The American West, in the new Tommy Lee Jones-directed film, resembles that memorialized in movies by John Ford, John Huston, and Sam Peckinpah.

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When a Stranger Calls (2006)

Tiffany arrives amid a loud windy rush (she might as well have 'Dead Meat' written on her forehead).

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Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (2006)

The film controverts various theories of writing and reading, production and reception.

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2 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Something New (2006)

As the film is focused on Kenya's dilemmas, Brian is something of a cipher, the primary force for her transformation without a life beyond her vision.

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27 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

Why We Fight (2006)

Eugene Jarecki's new documentary poses its title as a question.

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The Spirit of the Beehive (1973)

The Spirit of the Beehive is about a child overcoming wonder.

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27 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

Bubble (2005)

Less experimental than contrary, Steven Soderbergh's Bubble offers up a series of sacrificial objects, with remarkably little sympathy for any of them.

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27 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

Annapolis (2006)

Annapolis is straight-up male melodrama.

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20 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

The White Countess (2006)

The final Merchant/Ivory collaboration is set in 1936 Shanghai and revisits the filmmakers' usual concerns -- loss, desire, and nostalgia for a moment that never quite existed.

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20 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

Underworld: Evolution (2006)

Race here is not an inherent or stable identity, but mutable and mutating.

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20 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Matador (2006)

While the next Bond film is stuck in pre-production as producers search for an A-List Bond girl, Pierce Brosnan is having the last laugh with his new film.

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Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World (2006)

Despite its title, Albert Brooks' new movie, like all his movies, is about his world.

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20 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

End of the Spear (2006)

It's a well-meaning, peculiarly wrongheaded movie in which Ecuadorian 'savages' are converted to Christianity.

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13 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

Tristan & Isolde (2006)

Long-haired, nubile, and eager to please, Tristan seeks a consuming passion, but is fated to fall limp in the arms of a girl who can't make up her mind.

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13 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

Last Holiday (2006)

As she gains increased clout (maybe her new Hollywood star counts for something), perhaps the Queen can angle for work that's challenging and rewarding for all her subject.

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