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Three Times (Zui hao de shi guang) (2006)

Seen individually, the three sections of Three Times would be impressive; taken altogether, they're devastating.

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28 Apr 2006 // 3:00 AM

Akeelah and the Bee (2006)

It is in her relationships with other kids that Akeelah becomes unusual even within her formula film.

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28 Apr 2006 // 3:00 AM

Stick It (2006)

When Burt suggests she 'come back,' Haley refuses... until she realizes, pace Richard Gere, 'I've got nowhere else to go.'

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The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005)

If only Lazarescu had wandered into a slick American melodrama, maybe someone would have made sure he received the relief he needed.

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21 Apr 2006 // 3:00 AM

The Sentinel (2006)

I suppose if you're going to cast the deliriously overexposed Eva Longoria -- and give her a weapon, to boot -- you might as well make fun of the fact that you've done so.

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21 Apr 2006 // 3:00 AM

American Dreamz (2006)

Here's the rub: does it matter that consumers know all about the badness and the cynical ambition, but watch anyway?

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21 Apr 2006 // 3:00 AM

Silent Hill (2006)

Long on atmosphere, Silent Hill is way short on cunning or beguiling. It's also short on sense.

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21 Apr 2006 // 3:00 AM

Scary Movie 4 (2006)

The problem is that none of this is surprising. We've seen these jokes on late night television, heard them on the radio or even thought of them ourselves.

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Mountain Patrol: Kekexili (2004)

Mountain Patrol: Kekexili charts one local moment in the global clash between capitalism and conservation.

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18 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Days of Heaven (1978)

Terrence Malick's 1978 film leaves you with the ache of paradise briefly felt and then remembered.

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17 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Hard Candy (2005)

David Slade's film is discomforting, pressing at collective nerves exposed by any number of recent 'investigative reports' on child predators.

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The Notorious Bettie Page (2006)

Mary Harron's smart new movie is less about Bettie Page than the many forces that made her 'notorious,' the moral hypocrisies and sexual repressions that shaped the '50s and persist today.

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14 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Our Brand is Crisis (2005)

In equating his unpopular, arrogant candidate with democracy, in reducing the democratic process to the often ruthless work of electioneering, James Rosner fails his own professed ideals.

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14 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Lonesome Jim (2006)

Anika (Liv Tyler) is either an earthbound guardian angel or the Midwest's most voluptuously lipped stalker.

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14 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Dont Come Knocking (2006)

The reunion of Wim Wenders and Sam Shepard, coming some 20 years after Paris, Texas, demonstrates both the change and sameness in their art.

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14 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Benchwarmers (2006)

It's a shame that tee-heeing at gayness couldn't be jettisoned for the kids, rather than re-emphasized.

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7 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Take the Lead (2006)

There's something disturbing about the recent proliferation of films with this 'save the inner city kids' motif.

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7 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Phat Girlz (2006)

If Phat Girlz is about desire, for viewers even more than actors or characters, it is also about how that desire is constructed by images.

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Night Watch (Nochnoi Dozor) (2004)

Like the forces of Light and Darkness, Art and Commerce work within a negotiated, often tense, Armistice, as they have for hundreds of years.

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7 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Lucky Number Slevin (2005)

Despite the title of the movie he lives in, Slevin (Josh Hartnett) is only partly lucky.

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