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31 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Quiet (2005)

The Quiet makes the conventional observation that this "world" is instituted by adults, and also mirrored and prepared for in high school.

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30 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Reinas (Queens) (2005)

Manuel Gómez Pereira's Reinas (Queens) makes the current U.S. wrangling over same sex marriage look awfully provincial.

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29 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Beerfest (2006)

The troupe lacks a specific comic point of view -- not that one is required of a movie called Beerfest.

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25 Aug 2006 // 2:00 AM

Idlewild (2006)

Percy's a mortician, aware of the ways that bodies can be disfigured and rearranged, how life and death are performances for audiences.

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25 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Invincible (2006)

The hard-charging practice and game scenes take you onto the field and slam you into large, shoulder-padded men.

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25 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Edmond (2005)

Violence liberates Edmond from society's restraints, focuses him on fulfilling his own desires, makes him appealing to the opposite sex.

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How to Eat Fried Worms (2006)

'Puke has a mind of its own.' Issued by a kid named Plug, this assessment more or less summarizes the point of How to Eat Fried Worms.

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22 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Snakes on a Plane (2006)

The criminals have to come up with an outlandish plot and the relationship between law and lawlessness thence devolves into one of mutual deterrence, theorization perpetuated into extremity.

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22 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Material Girls (2006)

"What a tragedy," says Inez, when the sisters complain about riding the city bus. "Right up there with the national debt."

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18 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Trust the Man (2005)

Trust the Man is primarily focused on women trusting men, because the men find it nearly impossible to trust each other.

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18 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Illusionist (2006)

If The Illusionist's allegory isn't subtle, it is timely: those who seem authorities are illusionists, administering by entertainments.

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The Great New Wonderful (2005)

Lack of understanding will be a sort of theme for Danny Leiner's film, uneven but full of rewarding subtleties.

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14 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Pulse (2006)

The ghost mirrors Mattie and threatens her: even as she thinks she imagines it, she doesn't.

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11 Aug 2006 // 1:00 AM

Half Nelson (2006)

Dan's take on history -- as concept and series of events -- has as much to do with his personal past as any ideological leanings. He sees history in motion, as ongoing questions.

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House of Sand (Casa de Areia) (2005)

"Here, no man tells me what to do," says Maria. Indeed, they have found a bizarre sort of freedom in their existence, at once abject and glorious, desolate and fulfilled.

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9 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

World Trade Center

While the survivors lie within this well of shadows and shards, the film shows tv viewers around the world, briefly united in horror and incredulity, watching iconic CNN footage.

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8 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Quinceañera (2005)

Both cast off as "liars" by their families, Magdalena and Carlos assume one another's truths.

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7 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Trantasia (2006)

For good or bad, many of the performers believe they will "make it." Such belief is a symptom our incessant celebrity worship.

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4 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Descent (2005)

This second feature by Neil Marshall (Dog Soldiers) knows what it's about, both its generic limits and your knowledge of those limits. It doesn't try to trick you, but instead delivers the usual tension-building effects.

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Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)

As much as Ricky Bobby's racing career is about going fast, it's even more cogently about products, lots of 'em.

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