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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.
' spectacular predictability confirms its shallowness.
Jackass Number Two (2006)
Knoxville at one point sports a T-shirt with a slogan that says it all: "F*** Art: Let's Dance."
All the King's Men (2006)
Zaillian sells short the faceoff of shrewd old guard and scrappy proletariat by looking away just when the twain meet.
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.
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