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The Nativity Story (2006)
"Newcomer Oliver Isaac effectively conveys tenderness, doubt, courage, and transcendence as Joseph."
Deck the Halls (2006)
"Another year, another cheesy, hypocritical movie about how the true meaning of Christmas gets lost in the madness of Christmas. Except that this movie is, in itself, Exhibit A in the Christmas Madness category."
Déjà Vu (2006)
"A heart-pounding thriller with a time-travel twist, "Deja Vu" will not leave you thinking you've seen it all before."
"A script as saggy as the duo's bare tushes."
Happy Feet (2006)
"It's official. The cutest thing on the planet is penguins singing "Boogie Wonderland.""
Casino Royale (2006)
" They got a lot right with this new rebooted Bond, but -- let me get this straight -- when Bond and the Bad Guy have their big confrontation, it's...a poker game?"
"The film's sympathy for all of its characters is in itself the answer, or at least the beginning of one, to the questions it raises."
A Good Year (2006)
" Plonk is a Britishism for cheap, low-quality wine -- not undrinkable, by any means, just nothing special. As much could be said for this film, lightly based on the helium-weight plonk of a best-seller by Peter Mayle."
Harsh Times (2006)
"If you took out every swear word and all of the "homeys" and "dawgs," the rest of the dialogue would fit on a page or two."
Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
"the star, fittingly, for this meditation on the power of stories, is the script -- exceptionally clever, knowledgeable about literature and narrative structure, filled with sly humor but also as warmly delectable as one of Pascal's cookies."
"It's all as genuine as tinsel and as stale as last year's candy cane, but there are a few very mild pleasures, including Alan Arkin and Ann-Margret as Scott's in-laws and a loony dance number with Short backed by elves. "
Flushed Away (2006)
"It has Aardman's trademark intricacy of design, thrilling, hair's-breadth-timing of action sequences, mastery of physical properties and spaces, delightful characters, fresh and funny moments and adorable singing slugs."
"The most extensive and subversive practical joke ever played by a Hollywood studio. America's been punk'd."
Running With Scissors (2006)
"Brilliant performances are not enough to make up for a story that is no deeper than the perky 70's hits on the soundtrack. The actors fill the characters with life and conflict. But they can't fill the movie, which feels hollow."
Catch a Fire (2006)
" A sizzling performance by Derek Luke ignites this story about Patrick Chamusso, a South African oil refinery worker who became caught up in the fight against apartheid."
" "No one's riding that loco thing!" Well, of course as soon as we hear that line we know someone's going to have to ride it."
Marie Antoinette (2006)
"A sort of John Hughes movie, "The Breakfast Club Part 2: A Semester at Versailles.""
The Prestige (2006)
"The plot is, likes its characters, a master of misdirection"
Flags of Our Fathers (2006)
"Sincere, competent, and respectful."
The Grudge 2 (2006)
"The horrific child with huge eyes and the pale waif with a curtain of black hair continue to torment the innocent by appearing unpleasantly under desks and in reflections."
"There's a lot of chasing around and some cool stunts, but it has a flat, draggy feel to it, some creepy moments of oddly insensitive interactions, and no sense of genuine enthusiasm or adventure."
Man of the Year (2006)
"I think I recall a few of the jokes from the Ford administration. Which makes sense because as irreverent and subversive as it wants to be, it is just bland."
The Departed (2006)
"Brilliantly acted, enthrallingly told, this vast, operatic saga centers on two men caught between the fear of having their true selves revealed and the fear of hiding themselves so completely they can never come back."
Open Season (2006)
"One of the great pleasures of this movie is the way it takes the physical properties of the real world as a starting point for a wildly, hilarious and fantastically silly extravaganza."
School for Scoundrels (2006)
"Better at set-up than delivery, this is an underwritten movie with a lot of lags between laughs."
The Guardian (2006)
"For every grizzled veteran, there has to be a cocky hotshot, and this movie's is high school swim champion Jake Fischer (Ashton Kutcher)."
Jackass: Number Two (2006)
"The Jackass crew uses their stunts to test their immunity -- to skull fractures, to deadly infections, to permanent damage, and, most importantly, to growing up."
"Has this script been in a drawer somewhere since 1942?"
"The middle section sags as Huo takes on a bigger entourage than MC Hammer and then goes off and learns about the Meaning of Life from Simple Country Folk."
All The King's Men (2006)
"Penn is convincing as a man of complicated fury whose sense of thwarted entitlement on behalf of his community metastasizes through his administration."
The Last Kiss (2006)
"Braff creates a likeable character who makes some unlikeable choices. But none of the ultimate resolutions feel as satsifying as they are intended to, and Kim is as imaginary as the Bo Derek character in the similarly-themed "10.""
Gridiron Gang (2006)
"It's about as subtle as a tackle by a 300-pound tight end, but is is a pleasantly heartwarming journey."
Everyone's Hero (2006)
"The indomitable spirit of Christopher Reeve shines through this little story."
The Black Dahlia (2006)
"De Plama losses control of the tone as the story and its characters spin wildly over the top."
"The brief scene with Affleck as Reeves as Superman as Kent is so true to the original that viewers old enough to remember watching it in its original broadcast will expect it to be followed by commercials for Maypo and Pepsodent. "
"The premise is both absurd and intricate."
"But as the body count mounts up, the story runs out of ideas, and it goes from crank to crummy. "
Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
"Heart-stoppingly tender and outrageously hilarious."
The Wicker Man (2006)
"The gimmicky horror-flick conventions ultimately drag the film to a screeching halt."
"It shoots. And it shoots and shoots and shoots, but it never scores."
"The boys of Broken Lizard have no shame. That's what their fans like about them."
"Wahlberg brings sincerity and an easy athleticism to the role of Papale, and Elizabeth Banks has a lovely centered quality and genuine sparkle as his love interest."
"The evident affection for this romanticized vision of the era saturates the film like the warm sepia tones of its palette."
How to Eat Fried Worms (2006)
"This is a delightfully snips and snails and puppy-dog tails-style movie, based on the book that has happily grossed out kids since 1973."
Material Girls (2006)
"There's a happily ever after ending complete with cute new boyfriends. But on the way there, the movie has a surprising number of inapprpriate and ugly choices considering the target audience and the PG rating. "
Snakes on a Plane (2006)
"I imagine the four screenwriters divided it up: "I'll make a list of places on the plane the snakes will be found, you do body parts they can bite, you do items on a plane that can be used as weapons, and you do things that can go wrong."
"This movie doesn't have the intellectual heft to write its name correctly to get 200 points on its SATs, but the unpretentious good humor of its cast, brisk running time, a couple of funny lines, and the wish fulfillment fantasy give it some genial appeal"
Step Up (2006)
"a hip-hop version of High School Musical, some juvenile delinquency and a drive-by shooting added in to provide some street cred, but still a Disney-fied world where kisses are important and happy endings are guaranteed. "
World Trade Center (2006)
"There is one scene of true brilliance and shattering impact as a mother waiting for news of her son (Viola Davis) recalls that the last time she saw him she scolded him for missing dinner."
The Ant Bully (2006)
"This Aesop-like fable is brought to life with cheery good humor -- and some potty jokes -- both of which will be a hit with school-age kids. And there are some nice lessons about teamwork and empathy to keep the adults happy. "