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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...
Buster Keaton Collection (DVD Compilation) (2006)
Keaton's Columbia shorts inspire a certain amount of sympathy and ruefulness at a star's misuse, but also inspiration as Keaton occasionally spins gold out of chaff.
Oliver Twist (2005)
With intelligence and style (inspired by the art of Gustave Doré and Francisco Solé), Polanski makes a rewarding contribution to Dickens' legacy on screen.
La Bête humaine (1938)
[Renoir's] expertise behind the camera--and his driving curiosity for human constructs and human nature...elevate
La bete humaine
to an unforgettable filmic experience.
Running Scared (2006)
Kramer stokes kinetic energy and hard-R intensity...may amount to no more than a punch to the gut, but...it's all in bad fun.
When Trudell expounds on his political philosophies, the film is fascinating, but Rae lets style obscure substance.
The unabashed melodrama of the flashbacks and present-day climax can't compete with the theatrical oomph provided by Douglas and Marasco...at the picture's spine.
Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (2006)
More movie-biz spoof than postmodern adaptation of the novel, but Winterbottom's film miraculously succeeds in doing both goals a degree of justice.
Unknown White Male (2006)
Gives a sturdy treatment to an inherently fascinating story.
That Man: Peter Berlin (2006)
An intriguing portrait of what happens to a pretty boy as he ages, That Man: Peter Berlin catches up with the pornographic gay icon who specialized in self-portraiture. His distinctive image as a tor...
When a Stranger Calls (2006)
Download the trailer. It's cheaper, quicker, and efficiently shows you everything you think you want to see from the movie.
Eight Below (2006)
Marshall sort of gets away with murder by walking the line of pitiless Antarctic cold and family-film warmth.
The uncommon flavor and unconventional rhythms of Price's writing make
Final Destination 3 (2006)
Morgan and Wong's snarky iterations on their initial premise don't show much development...a fair diversion but, make no mistake, a waste of time.
Curious George (2006)
The skillful 2D-CGI animation hybrid starts out charmingly enough, with cute sight gags and general monkeying around, but...even kids may lose interest in the labored story.
Play[s] it safe...to sit through this home-invasion scenario yet again, I think we're owed a dead kid. Or at least a contusion. Maybe lightly stun the dog? Toss us a bone here!
A Good Woman (2006)
Strained of much of its Englishness...
A Good Woman
earns most of its good will from those Wildean epigrams.
Sincere performances--under the director's sympathetic eye--allow humanity to overshadow the machinery of plot.
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