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6 Oct 2006 // 4:05 AM

Little Children (2006)

If Little Children is pedantic and sometimes smug in its judgments, it is also painful.

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6 Oct 2006 // 2:00 AM

The Departed (2006)

The Departed's understanding of identity is deeply rooted in place and culture -- South Boston, Irish Catholicism, masculine rituals.

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4 Oct 2006 // 4:04 AM

The Queen (2006)

The several shots of Elizabeth II driving her SUV over bumpy roadways are quite the highlight in The Queen.

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29 Sep 2006 // 5:10 AM

Jesus Camp (2006)

If you take as a starting point that any image and any subject is political, a point this film makes regarding the Kids on Fire Camp, then you might also understand that politics in itself is not the problem.

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The Science of Sleep (La Science des rêves) (2006)

Written and directed by the ever inventive Michel Gondry, The Science of Sleep is a gorgeous, weird, mesmeric movie, with adorable animated reveries to represent Stéphane's subjective state.

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29 Sep 2006 // 2:00 AM

Renaissance (2006)

Illusion is frequently the threat in noir (the dark alley hides a killer, the femme is fatale), but the SF angle in Renaissance tweaks the possibilities.

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29 Sep 2006 // 1:00 AM

Jet Lis Fearless (Huo Yuan Jia) (2006)

Twenty-five years after his first martial arts movie appearance, Jet Li is retiring from the genre he helped to popularize in the West, with a film that looks both forward and back.

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29 Sep 2006 // 1:00 AM

The Guardian (2006)

Early snickers greeting The Guardian's trailers took an easy target. Kevin Costner in water: dude, it couldn't be good.

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School for Scoundrels (2006)

Amanda is demoted from object of desire to prop, so wan and undirected that she'll fall for whoever happens to be winning the boys' contest at any given moment.

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The Last King of Scotland (2006)

That Nicholas is also capable of great horrors, specifically in that he lets others act it for him and gets away with it, makes him, at some level, even more troubling than Amin.

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22 Sep 2006 // 4:21 AM

Feast (2005)

The primary means of educing viewer dread and desire is a mix of flayed flesh, maggots, and insides turned out.

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22 Sep 2006 // 2:50 AM

All The Kings Men (2006)

As the designated observer of his friend's decline, not to mention a reporter by vocation, Jack's lack of insight or anticipation also looks a bit silly.

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22 Sep 2006 // 2:36 AM

Flyboys (2006)

The flyboys all have "issues" to resolve through their service. And so the war becomes the occasion for each to engage in a personal growth experience.

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22 Sep 2006 // 2:29 AM

Jackass: Number Two (2006)

Boys rule this universe, like they do so many others.

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15 Sep 2006 // 4:54 AM

The Black Dahlia (2006)

Why the detectives are obsessed with the murder is never clear, though it may have to do with the vacuum of a movie swirling around them: they've got nothing else to do.

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15 Sep 2006 // 3:28 AM

Gridiron Gang (2006)

During the first few moments of Gridiron Gang, the Rock appears as a specter of earnest moral resilience amid clanging doors and stark, forbidding spaces.

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15 Sep 2006 // 2:20 AM

Keeping Mum (2005)

The most enjoyable portions of the film mock Mary Poppins-style children's literature, whereby a goodhearted but lost family is set aright by a no-nonsense nanny.

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15 Sep 2006 // 2:09 AM

The Last Kiss (2006)

At last, a movie about men who can't commit and women who must.

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8 Sep 2006 // 3:20 AM

Hollywoodland (2006)

Simo is as self-inflating and lost as George Reeves, his heroism as flimsy and sad.

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The Protector (Tom yum goong) (2005)

Discrete in their aesthetics and tempos, the fight scenes do comprise a certain characterization, though not in usual sense.

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