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9 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

A Good Year (2006)

As lovely as she may be, Fanny has her work cut out for her in A Good Year.

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Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

Maybe Professor Hilbert knows exactly how right he is, given the film's relentless archness: it knows that you know that it knows it's meta.

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8 Nov 2006 // 6:00 PM

Flushed Away (2006)

Droll and unfortunately titled, Flushed Away marks a point of no return for British animated films.

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3 Nov 2006 // 3:00 AM

Unknown (2006)

One or two resist their designations: Bound Man doesn't want to be bound, Broken Nose resents that mishap.

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Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)

Borrowing from Andy Kaufman, John Waters, and Steve-O, Borat delights in irreverence and abuse.

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The U.S. vs. John Lennon (2005)

The case against John Lennon was jumpstarted by a very scary image, namely, the musician and a black man on daytime TV.

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30 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Death of a President (2006)

Death of a President highlights the ways that news and commercial images shape public perception.

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29 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Saw III (2006)

Even as he's dying of a cancerous tumor in his frontal lobe and so might have other things to think about, John holds fast to his self-image as moral instructor, not murderer.

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27 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Babel (2006)

Associated by instances of violence, the stories in Babel all concern children caught up in circumstances beyond their easy comprehension, while adults struggle to maintain some semblance of illusory order.

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27 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Catch a Fire (2006)

Actually, Phillip Noyce's thriller raises a question: how have the South African "terrorists," so deemed by Botha's administration, since become courageous freedom fighters?

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27 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Running With Scissors (2006)

Augusten's narration of Running with Scissors starts with a question: "How do I begin to tell the story of how my mother left me and how I left her?"

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26 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Tim Burtons The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

In a digital animation era, where cartoons are meticulously rendered, Nightmare plays the role of elder statesman.

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25 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Deliver Us From Evil (2006)

Where do you go when your clergy have behaved so abominably? Do you leave the Church that you love? If you decide to stay, are you in some way complicit in the crimes of your leaders?

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24 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Flicka (2006)

The movie takes Katy's view of the world, soliciting your sympathy for even her not-so-smart decisions.

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20 Oct 2006 // 4:27 AM

Flags of Our Fathers (2006)

War, the film argues, depends on lies, on myths and beliefs that could never be sustained were the experience represented or remembered explicitly.

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20 Oct 2006 // 3:54 AM

The Prestige (2006)

This trick -- The Transported Man -- is at the center of the film's thematic concerns with replication, movement, and deception.

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20 Oct 2006 // 1:00 AM

Marie Antoinette (2006)

A girl made queen by the peculiar forces of 18th-century statecraft, Marie is by turns amused, alarmed, and pissed off, mercurial and imperious as only a teenager can be.

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17 Oct 2006 // 3:36 AM

Driving Lessons (2006)

As if the "driving lessons" metaphor is not burdensome enough, the film presents Ben with a series of non-options.

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13 Oct 2006 // 4:30 AM

Man of the Year (2006)

The troubles with Barry Levinson's movie are many, including an erratic pace and too many unfunny diversions, but the primary issue, strangely, is its lack of pointed political humor.

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13 Oct 2006 // 3:12 AM

The Grudge 2 (2006)

Rethinking the very concepts of remake, sequel, and translation, The Grudge 2 is not a regular horror movie, or even a regular J-horror movie.

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