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Iraq in Fragments (2006)
The beautifully photographed digital doc Iraq in Fragments is consistently frustrating, but still a valuable glimpse into contemporary Iraq. Director James Longley devotes roughly a half-hour to each...
51 Birch Street (2006)
We'd all be better off if we could find our grace without a camera's obstruction, but ironically, Block's film provides a useful direction to see our way.
Though its humble pleasures give cause to pause and reflect on the Spanish filmmaker's occasionally overpraised output,
is a diverting melodrama...
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006)
It's like a Family Channel movie escaped and hid out in a movie theater.
Flushed Away (2006)
More concerned with character, well-timed sight and sound gags, and witty banter than it is with smooth plotting....[but] well-worth the plunge.
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)
No film in the history of cinema has succeeded in being more 'outrageously funny'...
Little Children (2006)
That the narration and Field's God's-eye camera draw attention to the film's form doesn't detract from its function: to give us that 'second' in the mirror...
Conversations with God (2006)
Conversations with God. Nice work if you can get it, and you can get it if you try.
The Bridge (2006)
Steel assembles a scrapbook of suicide: reminiscences of surviving family and friends and magnetically morbid caught-on-tape records of people's last living moments on Earth.
Catch a Fire (2006)
Plays like a political
, but for the sake of the scrupulously researched social history, a bit of artificially induced pulse-pounding can be forgiven.
When Jeliza-Rose announces in the first scene, 'Today, we're all going on a great trip!', know that it's to the center of an emotional black hole.
Creature Comforts: The Complete Second Season (2005)
The wit of the show is in the clever transplanting of human situations to animal ones, which in turn reflect on the foibles of our daily lives.
Marie Antoinette (2006)
Once she makes the sound feminist point that it wasn't easy being a girl in 1768, Coppola proves intellectually taxed.
Flags of Our Fathers (2006)
Broyles and Haggis redundantly hammer home the same point in scene after scene...while fail[ing] in 132 minutes fully to breathe life into their triad of reluctant heroes.
Running with Scissors (2006)
With its compulsive theatricality,
Running With Scissors
enacts what may be the most unpleasant brand of insanity in a film full of them.
Stormbreaker (a.k.a. Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker) (2006)
[Rider's] squirrelly film debut amps up Horowitz's wry humor, putting silliness in unintentional competition with the film's action and dramatic elements.
With a bit more discipline, McGrath's wide-ranging film would be the equal of its more straightforward, older brother, but
' many charms deserve their own moment in the sun.
The Grudge 2 (2006)
If Shimizu's aging idea of rage-made wraiths were true, caterwauling critics would be crawling all over the multiplex right about now.
A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006)
A sincere examination of the moment, on the cusp of adulthood, when children must decide whether to get out of the only life they've known or honor it by staying home.
American Hardcore (2006)
doesn't achieve a cogent and authoritative history, it succeeds in giving the general impression of the early-'80s hardcore punk scene.
The Queen (2006)
Delicately balances the inherent drama of the tragic circumstances with the comedy of manners that is the Royal Family's dysfunction, and Britain's ambivalent attitudes to the same.
49 Up (2006)
Though less extreme, the
series suggests a real-life
, with subjects sometimes reluctantly allowing their lives to be recorded on film.
Employee of the Month (2006)
Cook's usual persona is annoying, but with his volume turned down here, he's even more of a zero.
More than a stunt...a sincere film that explores cynical sexual discord and hopefully concludes that forgiveness and sexual healing can repair the disrupted currents of modern urban life.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006)
Ours is not to question why; ours is but to watch 'em die.
The Departed (2006)
Kept in balance,
's verbal and visual gifts, gun-toting menace, down-and-dirty existentialism, and bristling suspense should please both sides of the movie aisle.
The Aviator (2004)
Scorsese keeps a good handle on the turbulent material of Hughes's sprawling life... spectacular... fleet... admirably eccentric.
Body Double (1984)
Emblematizes De Palma's refusal to take Hollywood seriously.
Banlieue 13 (District B13) (2006)
While women may certainly apply, it's primarily the guys who will find
Wu ji (The Promise) (2006)
Flimsy, fake-looking weaponry, bad wigs, grandiose scoring, overacting, simplistic dialogue, illogically elaborate staging, and a plot that goes out of its way to be predictable...
The Wild (2006)
Hollywood doesn't like to talk about corporate espionage, but the proof is in the identical bowls of pudding. Recently, we had Ultraviolet on the heels of Aeon Flux, and now we have Disney's The Wild...
The Devil and Daniel Johnston (2006)
in its depiction of damaged souls whose only refuge is art.
The U.S. vs John Lennon (2006)
Serves two useful purposes: to collect some of the Beatle's wittiest social barbs, and to inform a young audience...
Capturing the Friedmans (2003)
In the book Doing Documentary Work, Robert Coles lays out "a twofold struggle: that of writers and photographers and filmmakers who attempt to ascertain what is, what can be noted, recorded, pictured...
La Science des rêves (The Science of Sleep) (2006)
The sum of Gondry's parts may be a hole, but the parts can be pretty darn clever and captivating.
The Guardian (2006)
Pure Hollywood hokum, the sort of picture the Duke might star in today. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Aside from lazy screenwriting.
Keeping Mum (2006)
Succeed[s] in recreating the simple pleasures of the old Ealing comedies, which let talented character actors shine.
Jesus Camp (2006)
You know what they say, folks: it's a free country. If
scares you, better start brainwashing some little heathens of your own.
School for Scoundrels (2006)
It's too bad that Phillips fumbles for comic gimmickry when he has the makings of a rich and timely satire on poison-peddling motivational personalities.
In what may be the single most damaging performance in any film this year, Affleck puts on extra pounds, a fake honker, and a horrifyingly bad debonair act.
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