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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
In his laughing-outlaw way, Hooper pointed a new direction for horror cinema. [2-Disc Ultimate Edition Reviewed]
Half Nelson (2006)
The great acting teacher Uta Hagen wrote that one of the greatest goals of an actor is spontaneity. A cat on stage, she noted, was inevitably the most interesting actor—because it behaved as it...
Step Up (2006)
My, he's an uncouth roughneck, but perhaps, just perhaps I can mold his raw talent into the dance partner of my dreams!
Casa de Areia (The House of Sand) (2006)
The trick plot enabling this Electra Complex situation tragedy is somewhat novel, but surprisingly not enough to sustain even a 103-minute running time.
Conversations with Other Women (2006)
Little Man (2006)
If your taste runs to scatology and you find little people inherently funny,
may be the movie for you.
You, Me and Dupree (2006)
What About Bob
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)
The film's consistent ticklishness frequently breaks out into uproarious set pieces.
Another tale of an unlikely family dynamic showing the way for closed-minded conservatives,
may be simplistic at heart, but its drama is reasonably effective.
The Night Listener (2006)
The slippery natures of truth, fiction, lies, and wishful thinking...get full play in the screen adaptation of
The Night Listener
The Descent (2006)
A lean, mean genre exercise for those who prefer their horror full-blooded.
Superman Returns (2006)
Like his superhero, director Bryan Singer carries an Atlas-like burden [but]...with thorough, fan-friendly fetishism, Singer honors the Superman mythos.
A rubbernecker's movie....There's a new Zalman King in town, and his name is Lee Daniels.
The Ant Bully (2006)
Has an ace in its anthill...political allegory that separates this one from the pack.
Miami Vice (2006)
A painfully protracted muddle of dull deals and somnambulent standoffs.
Monster House (2006)
Seems less a joyous return to innocence and more like the nightmares we have while contemplating the real-estate market.
Lady in the Water (2006)
Lady in the Water
, but not because Shyamalan took a sophomoric potshot at critics. I hated
Lady in the Water
Another Gay Movie (2006)
For years, people have imagined what the world would be like if homosexual folks outnumbered straight folks. In appraising American Pie, writer-director Todd Stephens got to thinking about "the film...
By design, nasty, brutish, and short...functions as drama because shock crosses through sensationalism to a kind of purity in the character study of a man in desperate need of repair.
Le Temps qui reste (Time to Leave) (2006)
A cinematic tone poem, wafting on wistful tableaus and sad faces....mostly elaborates on how death must ultimately be a personal experience.
The OH in Ohio (2006)
The comedy misfires and the film winds up strangely...impenetrable.
Koko, le gorille qui parle (Koko: A Talking Gorilla) (1978)
Sprinkled comments provide enough intellectual provocation to begin debate, but the main course is Koko's wide-ranging behavior.
Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos (2006)
An enlightening look back at how "the world's sport" briefly took off in the US.
The War Tapes (2006)
The War Tapes
is a bit like sifting though puzzle pieces and studying the images, but it's possible to make at least some of those pieces fit.
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)
The cut-rate production resulted in what Reeve termed "catastrophe" for a film intended to marry a serious message to the series' signature action, humor, and romance.
Superman II (1980)
By its very nature, the resulting film is severely compromised, but still rip-roaring, unpretentious entertainment.
Superman III (1983)
Reeve continues his traditions of graceful flying moves, confident carriage, and twinkly warmth. Sadly, none of it is enough to save
from being at home only in a junkyard.
Donner keeps his film briskly funny and exciting, with smart and spectacular action....The greatest effect of all, however, is Reeve's miraculous performance.
Wassup Rockers (2006)
A photo essay with moving pictures: anthropological snapshots of seven Salvadoran and Guatemalan skaters...[also] may be [Larry Clark's] most immature film.
Strangers with Candy (2006)
The outlandish gags are usually good for at least a chuckle, and Colbert's left-field satire classes up the enterprise, but multiplying the tight sitcom half-hour by four may not be a science experiment worth repeating.
Superman and the Mole-Men (1951)
Even at under an hour, this children's fantasy is sluggishly paced by today's standards...but it does have its charms and a relevant social message at its core.
Moartea domnului Lazarescu (The Death of Mr. Lazarescu) (2006)
[The] uniquely Eastern European brand of absurdity recalls the work of Vaclav Havel, playwright and former President of Czechoslovakia. At least, it would be absurd if it weren't so credible.
Who Killed the Electric Car? (2006)
Paine amasses evidence--including dissenting voices--that's consistently illuminating.
Reinas (Queens) (2006)
Pleasantly fluffy but depthless...each story develops a worst-case scenario that proceeds to a too-comforting, too-swift resolution.
The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
If it rarely becomes more than a conventional Hollywood movie with conventional conflicts, at least it remembers to amuse, and has a force of nature in Streep.
Two Drifters (2006)
João Pedro Rodrigues' twisted melodrama Two Drifters—titled Odete in its native Portugal—overreaches in its attempt to sculpt two troubled characters into two sides of the same coi...
Columbo: The Complete Fifth Season (1975)
's fifth season, the character was firmly established....every detail contributed delicious eccentricity to a character as unpredictable to criminals as the proverbial curious cat.
Monk: Season Four (2005)
The writers deserve credit for continuing to whip up entertaining iterations on the
Breakfast on Pluto (2005)
"Oh, serious, serious, serious!" —Patrick "Kitten" Braden Breakfast on Pluto, the picaresque tale of one Patrick "Kitten" Braden, is a larkish ode to fabulousness in the face of solemnity. In...
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