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The Notorious Bettie Page (2006)

Mary Harron's smart new movie is less about Bettie Page than the many forces that made her 'notorious,' the moral hypocrisies and sexual repressions that shaped the '50s and persist today.

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13 Apr 2006 // 11:00 PM

Our Brand is Crisis (2005)

In equating his unpopular, arrogant candidate with democracy, in reducing the democratic process to the often ruthless work of electioneering, James Rosner fails his own professed ideals.

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13 Apr 2006 // 11:00 PM

Lonesome Jim (2006)

Anika (Liv Tyler) is either an earthbound guardian angel or the Midwest's most voluptuously lipped stalker.

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13 Apr 2006 // 11:00 PM

Dont Come Knocking (2006)

The reunion of Wim Wenders and Sam Shepard, coming some 20 years after Paris, Texas, demonstrates both the change and sameness in their art.

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13 Apr 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Benchwarmers (2006)

It's a shame that tee-heeing at gayness couldn't be jettisoned for the kids, rather than re-emphasized.

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6 Apr 2006 // 11:00 PM

Take the Lead (2006)

There's something disturbing about the recent proliferation of films with this 'save the inner city kids' motif.

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6 Apr 2006 // 11:00 PM

Phat Girlz (2006)

If Phat Girlz is about desire, for viewers even more than actors or characters, it is also about how that desire is constructed by images.

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Night Watch (Nochnoi Dozor) (2004)

Like the forces of Light and Darkness, Art and Commerce work within a negotiated, often tense, Armistice, as they have for hundreds of years.

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6 Apr 2006 // 11:00 PM

Lucky Number Slevin (2005)

Despite the title of the movie he lives in, Slevin (Josh Hartnett) is only partly lucky.

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6 Apr 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things (2006)

Based on the 'autobiographical' work of J.T. Leroy, The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things announces itself as 'unreliable'.

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6 Apr 2006 // 11:00 PM

Friends with Money (2006)

'Poor Olivia' (Jennifer Aniston), as her friends call her, is actually poor, at least compared to them.

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6 Apr 2006 // 11:00 PM

Brick (2005)

Brendan, with the glasses, makes it his business to see what's going on, being the usual noir guy who walks mean streets.

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30 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

Slither (2006)

The ensuing slimy onslaught combines and exacerbates conventions familiar from alien invasion and zombie movies, with a bit of David Cronenberg's body transmorphology as well.

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30 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

Drawing Restraint 9 (2005)

Sometimes, the film seems a lengthy Bjork music video -- confusing, beautiful, and somewhat ridiculous.

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C.S.A.: Confederate States of America (2004)

The most alarming thing about C.S.A.: Confederate States of America is how utterly unalarming it seems.

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30 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

ATL (2006)

Cinematography by Crash. Whatever else you might think about Chris Robinson's feature film debut, this credit for his longtime music video DP is certainly long overdue.

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30 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

Ask the Dust (2006)

Colin Farrell's voiceover at the beginning of Ask the Dust makes it clear that Robert Towne's new film is in love with words.

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Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction (2006)

As in the first film, this premise -- that Catherine's plot is a series of lies -- is mildly interesting.

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23 Mar 2006 // 10:00 PM

Lenfant (2006)

Winner of the 2005 Palme d'Or at the Cannes, L'enfant takes an abrupt turn that's not so startling as it initially seems.

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23 Mar 2006 // 10:00 PM

Stoned (2005)

Brian Jones appears to be diligently practicing infidelity and abusing alcohol throughout.

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