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21 Apr 2006 // 2:00 AM

Silent Hill (2006)

Long on atmosphere, Silent Hill is way short on cunning or beguiling. It's also short on sense.

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21 Apr 2006 // 2:00 AM

Scary Movie 4 (2006)

The problem is that none of this is surprising. We've seen these jokes on late night television, heard them on the radio or even thought of them ourselves.

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Mountain Patrol: Kekexili (2004)

Mountain Patrol: Kekexili charts one local moment in the global clash between capitalism and conservation.

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17 Apr 2006 // 11:00 PM

Days of Heaven (1978)

Terrence Malick's 1978 film leaves you with the ache of paradise briefly felt and then remembered.

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16 Apr 2006 // 11:00 PM

Hard Candy (2005)

David Slade's film is discomforting, pressing at collective nerves exposed by any number of recent 'investigative reports' on child predators.

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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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