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2 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

16 Blocks (2006)

Richard Donner's latest buddy-action flick is thick with wrong decisions.

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National Lampoons Pucked (2006)

Bereft of comic chops, Jon Bon Jovi must carry scenes exclusively on the basis of his good looks, which works for about 10 minutes.

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28 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

Tamara (2006)

Tamara's poster shows a pouty Jenna Dewan in a miniskirt, carrying a huge axe. The tagline reads, Revenge Has a Killer Body. I wish I had seen that movie instead.

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28 Feb 2006 // 2:00 AM

Little Fish (2005)

Jacquelin Perske's script delivers Tracy's story in a series of snapshots, brief, highly detailed moments, comprised of close-ups or bits of dialogue.

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24 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Running Scared (2006)

Paul Walker's excellent tough-guy adventure begins with the proverbial bang.

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24 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Tsotsi (2005)

Life for post-apartheid kids without homes and families is still terrifying.

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Mrs. Henderson Presents (2005)

Mrs. Henderson (Judi Dench) is 'old money', but age and wealth haven't dulled her tongue or tempered her personality.

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23 Feb 2006 // 1:00 AM

Battle in Heaven (Batalia en el cielo) (2005)

The subjects of Battle in Heaven's many close-ups and slow pans range from simply unattractive to shocking.

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17 Feb 2006 // 1:00 AM

Freedomland (2006)

The new Samuel L. Jackson and Julianne Moore thriller is full of hauntings, institutional and personal.

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15 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Fateless (Sorstalanság) (2005)

The horrors unfold gradually, experienced in detail by their victims, who are unlikely to name what they've been through 'Holocaust', to attach to their testimony the grand trappings of religion and myth.

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14 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Boys of Baraka (2005)

The titular subjects are four (of 20) Baltimore at-risk students selected to attend the Baraka School in Kenya. The film displays some of this extraordinary experience without making any of it cheap or simplistic.

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10 Feb 2006 // 1:00 AM

Lars Von Trier resists few opportunities to deride the capitalist system that breeds a permanent underclass of wage slaves.

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10 Feb 2006 // 1:00 AM

Final Destination 3 (2006)

The franchise bucks the slasher trend, proceeding without a one-lining monster-boy.

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10 Feb 2006 // 1:00 AM

Firewall (2006)

Is there any role that Mary Lynn Rajskub can't make strange? I mean, delightfully and eloquently strange?"

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The Boys of Baraka (2006) - PopMatters Film Review
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The titular subjects are four (of 20) Baltimore at-risk students selected to attend the Baraka School in Kenya. The film displays some of this extraordinary experience without making any of it cheap or simplistic.

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10 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Pink Panther

Jean Reno gets the prize for infinite patience, as he maintains an admirable serenity amid the frenzy, perhaps especially when clobbering Clouseau.

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The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)

The American West, in the new Tommy Lee Jones-directed film, resembles that memorialized in movies by John Ford, John Huston, and Sam Peckinpah.

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When a Stranger Calls (2006)

Tiffany arrives amid a loud windy rush (she might as well have 'Dead Meat' written on her forehead).

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Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (2006)

The film controverts various theories of writing and reading, production and reception.

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2 Feb 2006 // 1:00 AM

Something New (2006)

As the film is focused on Kenya's dilemmas, Brian is something of a cipher, the primary force for her transformation without a life beyond her vision.

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