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Weak-tea...with tepid gags, lazy plotting, and scenarios that are mostly too unpleasant to be funny.
The Black Dahlia (2006)
As the character drama bogs down in Hartnett and Johansson's maudlin mumbling, De Palma starts to focus on shoehorning in a punchy setpiece or stylistic outrage.
As the 2006 Toronto Film Festival unspools, it's instructive to note that Haven played the 2004 festival and only now makes its way into US theatres. As is so often the case, the release of a long-de...
Everyone's Hero (2006)
Never explains its stupid idea of a talking baseball and a talking bat...The filmmakers presume too much in assuming we'll accept the "magic" "realism"...
Gridiron Gang (2006)
Johnson gives the part his authoritative all, but he doesn't have the depth of ability to elevate a sappy script that regularly calls for up-choking.
Zen Noir (2006)
A movie called Zen Noir should succeed in being both funny and profound, but writer-director Marc Rosenbush succeeds in neither goal with his sketch-y comedy-drama. It's a funny premise: a detective...
The Covenant (2006)
Where do WB pilots go when they die? Perhaps they're reincarnated as lousy supernatural thrillers.
Tom yum goong (The Protector) (2006)
The downtime since
has left us hungry enough not to care that the plot and frequent action feel a bit recycled.
Wayne Brady's squeaky-clean image as a songster-comic was simultaneously mocked and refuted on Chappelle's Show, where Brady infamously deadpanned, "Is Wayne Brady gonna have to choke a bitch?" The t...
A movie for hooligans, and do we really want to encourage them?
This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006)
Clearly presents the charges against the MPAA, the "voluntary" group that has systematized Hollywood censorship.
L'Enfant (The Child) (2006)
Plain-good storytelling: rigorous acting, handheld urgency, and editing prowess render the whiff of manipulation moot.
Sketches of Frank Gehry (2006)
There's a casual informality to Pollack's documentary technique....results are semi-revealing.
Don't Come Knocking (2006)
In the film's best scene, Roth interrogates Lange about potatoes. Unfortunately such moments are rare.
World Trade Center (2006)
Despite what you may have heard,
World Trade Center
isn't entirely apolitical, just understated in its commentary.
Snakes on a Plane (2006)
A terrifying triumph of hype, but...also the movie to preserve for all of Earth's recorded history Samuel L. Jackson lowering his gaze at Julianna Margulies and asking, "Sporks?" I dare you to look away.
Hard liquor goes in at the mouth, but when we're lucky, it comes out in the writer's grip.
When Angel brushes off Trumpy with the line 'Can the artist get a little space around here?', you may agree that the question deserves a qualified 'yes' answer.
Loses possession early on and has trouble holding onto the ball.
Knows it's a dumb movie and plugs ahead cheerily and without pretention...but the jokes quickly run thin.
Sedotta e abbandonata (Seduced and Abandoned) (1964)
A buffoonish but bitter social satire that runs to classical depths,
Seduced and Abandoned
takes no prisoners for society's misogynistic crimes in the name of familial honor.
Trust the Man (2006)
By the end, I felt empty and unconvinced that I'd spent 103 minutes with genuine personalities.
Here's the pitch for
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
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