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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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13 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

Hostel (2006)

Paxton is suddenly the Last Girl in a movie about cocky boys who become vulnerable beyond their wildest dreams.

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13 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

Glory Road (2006)

Includes all the usual tricks of the genre, from vintage soundtrack and heart-pounding court action to excellent performances and heartfelt lessons underlined by teary eyes in close-up.

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13 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

BloodRayne (2006)

The main special effect is something called the slash and spray -- a sword slice across the torso that causes a fountain-like torrent of arterial goodness.

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The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear (2004) - PopMatters Film Review
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Assuming malicious intent in everything around you soon leads to paranoia, and a conspiracy-theory politics.

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6 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

Casanova (2005)

Gaudy and giddy, this Casanova is full of energy but also strangely limp.

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6 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

Caché (2005)

Caché is Michael Haneke's latest unsettling look at the shaky foundations of bourgeois security.

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4 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

Match Point (2005)

Chris is fond of Enrico Caruso, whose voice 'expresses everything that's tragic about life,' one of these Allenish aphorisms that's probably true but just sounds trite.

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23 Dec 2005 // 12:00 AM

Wolf Creek (2005)

The monster plods on, incessant, cruel, ordinary.

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23 Dec 2005 // 12:00 AM

The Ringer (2005)

The self-abusing, screwy-faced, funky-bodied manchild Johnny Knoxville hardly needs to be looking for more offensive material to whomp upon his fan base.

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23 Dec 2005 // 12:00 AM

Rumor Has It… (2005)

For a couple of minutes, such slippage between movie myths and mythic divas looks like it might turn charming, or maybe clever. But it doesn't.

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23 Dec 2005 // 12:00 AM

The Producers (2005)

No one can be wholly ruined in a big fat sardonic musical, a form demanding grandeur, gaucheness, and above all, giddy delights. Unfortunately, this movie musical rather forgets the movie part.

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23 Dec 2005 // 12:00 AM

The New World (2005)

The New World is ambitious and gorgeous, the landscape serving as a kind of objective correlative for characters' cravings and astonishments.

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23 Dec 2005 // 12:00 AM

Munich (2005)

Munich is about the shifting meaning the city's name took on after that dire moment in 1972, the shorthand it became for survivors, historians, and avengers.

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Fun with Dick and Jane (2005)

For a comedy with so much politico-cultural baggage on its mind (and it's not above using Enron as a final punch line), Dick and Jane remains curiously inert.

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Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005)

Andy Shankman's poorly structured, unevenly paced, uninspired movie is set in summertime, which means its release is off season.

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16 Dec 2005 // 12:00 AM

The Family Stone (2005)

The self-congratulating, liberal-leaning Stones are addled when good boy Everett (Dermot Mulroney) brings home the very bad fiancée.

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