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Akeelah and the Bee (2006)
Dramatically jerry-rigged in every possible way.
Stick It (2006)
Too lazy to perfect its own routine...[but] a surprisingly appealing vacation, from sense to sensibility.
Color me surprised when Barry Sonnenfeld's family comedy turned out to be a palatable picture that doesn't rob Robin Williams of his dignity as a comic actor.
United 93 (2006)
A unique film about a unique event...but what will we think of
in five years or, for that matter, fifty?
The actors play it with poker-faces, but the further we go into the noir territory of hard-boiled, fast-paced dialogue and dames wrapped in crimson and black, the more ticklish
American Dreamz (2006)
Not everything works in this semi-audacious challenge to the American Dream, but Weitz consistently and amusingly hits the broad side of the barn.
The Sentinel (2006)
Strictly boilerplate...fail[s] to pursue any interesting avenues, using the cardboard characters as mere shooting-range targets.
Snoopy, Come Home (1972)
Charlie Brown: "I have a philosophy that tells me no matter how bad things get, they will always turn out good in the end." Lucy Van Pelt: "That's not a philosophy—that's stupidity." The born...
A Boy Named Charlie Brown (1969)
The appeal of Schultz's pop philosophy hasn't faded in forty years: this kind of sincerity can't be faked.
Scary Movie 4 (2006)
I just don't see much entertainment value--or, certainly, a shelf life--in a contrived string of mildly amusing parodies of bad movies. Here today, yawn tomorrow.
Kinky Boots (2006)
Rigged for your pleasure...everything is played up for schmaltz value or dopey laughs.
Hard Candy (2006)
Skews just enough toward
Death and the Maiden
and away from
Kekexili: Mountain Patrol (2006)
Since Lu depicts the punishing, unforgiving determination on both sides of the conflict, the film is not entirely pitiless for the pathetic criminal class.
Sir! No Sir! (2006)
Offers nothing in the way of balancing the protest viewpoint...[but] still usefully revisits--during our current unpopular war--the internal conflict of America during the Vietnam War.
The Notorious Bettie Page (2006)
More clever than insightful, [but] Harron makes the most of that humorously earnest style ripped from the pin-up pages.
Friends with Money (2006)
Gives the characters relatable failings and the story some ironic bite...[but] lacks the depth of empathy Holofcener showed in
Lovely and Amazing
Take the Lead (2006)
The dance remains the same...
Take the Lead
has exactly two things going for it (each worth one star): the always entertaining Antonio Banderas and a lot of ballroom dancing.
The Outsider (2006)
With The Outsider, documentarian Nicholas Jarecki paints a revealing portrait of filmmaker James Toback, the prickly screenwriter-director with a manic streak and a weakness for gambling. Jarecki dem...
It's heartening to be able to report that
is as much like
as it is like
Boys in the Hood
....Robinson may overdose on style, but he also respects the homegrown origins of this
Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006)
The seams show...a somewhat grudging social obligation for audiences over the age of ten to tow their younger charges.
Lacombe Lucien (1974)
The collaborationist anti-hero finds Malle instantly broaching a cultural taboo, compounded when the traitorous young man forces himself into a sexual relationship with a not-entirely unyielding girl named
Le Souffle au coeur (Murmur of the Heart) (1971)
In all their messiness, here are love, sex, society, and family, met with cleansing laughter.
South Park—The Complete Seventh Season (TV) (2003)
As Parker and Stone see it, you can't laugh without first dropping your jaw.
De Zaak Alzheimer (a.k.a. Memory of a Killer) (2005)
The sympathy toward the obvious evil of a contract killer never flies...Still, the clever central gimmick and a streak of sly humor lift [the] film, just barely, a cut above.
South Park—The Complete Sixth Season (TV) (2002)
Thorough skewerings of celebrity foibles and fearless campaigns on taboo subjects.
She's the Man (2006)
Gets by because it knows it's dorky. It's happily dorky. It's
Thank You for Smoking (2006)
A scathing satire....If there's a lesson, it's that spinning your fellow Americans is the real national pastime--the greater problem is when you spin yourself.
La Bestia nel cuore (Don't Tell) (2006)
Just because American films frequently exploit repressed memories as a plot device in nasty genre pictures doesn't make the genteel
a sophisticated or particularly insightful film.
V for Vendetta (2006)
A divided domestic electorate will take [it] either as a kick-***, future-punk primal scream of political frustration or as an irresponsible, literally and figuratively incendiary attack on our...approval-deficient leaders.
Find Me Guilty (2006)
The most fun I've had at the movies this year.
The real blood war is between this movie and the slightly better
, which Wimmer plagiarizes as freely as
Temporada de patos (Duck Season) (2006)
Its own bird...gets dryly funnier and more emotionally rich as it goes along, making it a fine way to while away an afternoon.
The Shaggy Dog (2006)
Wait for iiittt...yes, there's Allen lifting his leg to pee. I checked my watch when the sound of Baja Men's "Who Let the Dogs Out?" surrounded me: fifty minutes in.
The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
As skillfully made and genuinely horrific as it is a pointless rehash....there's more than a whiff of smug cynicism in the dry air of this conflicted satire.
Ask the Dust (2006)
Despite its flaws, this story of love and self-discovery is still more smart, stylish, and sexy than the usual fare.
Failure to Launch (2006)
Paula's practiced fraud sounds criminal at worst and grounds for civil suits at best, but to Hollywood, it's a romantic comedy....downright repellent.
Joyeux Noël (Merry Christmas) (2006)
Carion old-fashions the true story of the 1914 Christmas truce into sentimental melodrama....it's easy to imagine the story being told more effectively with less labor.
Sophie Scholl - Die letzten Tage (Sophie Scholl: The Final Days) (2006)
Rothemund's film, like last year's
, benefits from its scrupulous treatment of history and generally restrained performances.
16 Blocks (2006)
The grabber premise of trying to evade a cordon of enemies to transport a man just 16 blocks runs low on ingenuity at the halfway point, bogging down in a too-familiar hostage standoff.
A character plans out a 42-hour-and-11 minute journey accompanied by a 16-CD soundtrack....
feels every bit as long and music-saturated...
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