Palo Alto Weekly
"Gutsy, ambitious, and unspeakably bizarre."
Casino Royale (2006)
A Good Year (2006)
"To quote a classic cinematic oenophile -- quaffable but far from transcendent."
Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
"A striking implosion of incongruent themes."
Flushed Away (2006)
"One of the most outright enjoyable films of the year -- an imaginative and entertaining ride from the very first flush."
"Plucky, uproarious and totally uncompromising."
Running With Scissors (2006)
"I've often wondered how Burroughs' scathing ruminations would translate to the big screen and now I know: not that well."
The Prestige (2006)
"There's no real magic here."
Marie Antoinette (2006)
"Coppola's third feature is all surface and no substance, leaving you as undernourished as the French in the bread-shortage months preceding the revolution."
Death of a President (2006)
"This futuristic faux documentary about the assassination of George W. Bush paints the president as a noble hero along the lines of Abraham Lincoln."
Flags of Our Fathers (2006)
"Flags offers an interesting history lesson into the Battle of Iwo Jima and the origin of wartime America's most inspirational photograph, but the massive film lacks emotional resonance."
The Last King of Scotland (2006)
"Whitaker's acting resurrects the dictator and his deeds with stunning immediacy."
Man of the Year (2006)
"Robin Williams and Barry Levinson evoke memories of their 1987 collaboration Good Morning, Vietnam with this insightful political dramedy. But those expecting a light-hearted farce will be sorely disappointed."
Catch a Fire (2006)
"Preachy to a fault and culminating in a treacly message."
The Bridge (2006)
Driving Lessons (2006)
Little Children (2006)
"Relentlessly picks at scabs of domestic bliss that conceal sorrow, betrayal and futile fulfillment."
The Queen (2006)
"Darkly observed and deeply affecting."
"Cunningly emphasizes the vast distinction between the idle rich and the drama's plainspoken wounded."
Employee of the Month (2006)
"Cook serves up some tasty laughs but Employee of the Month feels processed."
The Departed (2006)
"Four screenwriters get credit for the bottom-feeder script."
School for Scoundrels (2006)
"It feels like the filmmakers put Old School and Napoleon Dynamite into a cinematic blender and hit frappe in hopes of making a delicious shake. They ended up with a tasteless one."
Jesus Camp (2006)
"The ominous tolling bell of documentaries."
The U.S. vs. John Lennon (2006)
"Contentious, engaging and very timely."
The Guardian (2006)
"Director Andrew Davis aims straight and true with his rescue scenes, churning ocean and emotion with a flair for good theater."
"Li fans will appreciate the excellent choreography and Li's calm confidence, but Fearless lacks the imagination necessary for a must-see experience."
"Had Top Gun been directed by a curator at the Smithsonian Museum, Flyboys would have been the outcome."
"A three-ring circus of throttled emotion."
All The King's Men (2006)
"Flailing arms and empty sentiments lay waste to a shaky narrative."
The Quiet (2006)
"Pretentious and pointless -- take a pass."
Gridiron Gang (2006)
"The Rock no longer exists. Dwayne Johnson has finally shed the identity that turned him into a wrestling legend and earned the right to go by his real name."
The Last Kiss (2006)
"Imperturbable Americans who read as juvenile clowns for their inability or unwillingness to put their emotional houses in order."
The Black Dahlia (2006)
"There's something irresistible about this convoluted puzzler, a bracing who-dunnit-ness that has its female leads to thank for its sleazy fancy."
"Shaded intimacy and old-fashioned wisdom suffers from a ponderous pace and hackneyed undertone."
"Transcends its clumsy title and proves itself a respectable period piece."
"For the umpteenth time, Walt Disney Pictures repackages the American dream. Go ahead and groan over all the predictable elements, but you'll root for Papale, Vermeil and the Eagles."
The Namesake (2006)
Half Nelson (2006)
" Kudos to writer director Ryan Fleck for keeping it real, no fairy-tale endings and no quick cinematic fixes."
"Animated musical notes jump from their staffs with frenzied glee and stop motion dancers fly high in a kaleidoscope of color, rhythm and joy. What's not to love?"
Trust the Man (2006)
"The kind of cloying indie that's too precocious for its own good."
"With Dillon at the helm Bukowski's muse comes alive; chaotic and maddening but eminently watchable."
Snakes on a Plane (2006)
"Strictly B-movie but rocking with energy."
The Illusionist (2006)
Boynton Beach Club (2006)
World Trade Center (2006)
"Stone paints a grim and claustrophobic picture of the men's nightmarish confines, but beautifully captures their bond and passion to survive."
"Pleasing yet amateurish drama."
John Tucker Must Die (2006)
"Tucker is strictly for the teen crowd, but the intermittent waves of witty fun are to die for."
- • Jeanne Aufmuth
- • Cathy Beheler
- • Peter Canavese
- • Jennifer Deitz
- • Tyler Hanley
- • Jim Harrington
- • Monica Hayde
- • Elizabeth Howton
- • Shellie Iliff
- • Malcolm MacLachlan
- • Joe Mader
- • Kate Manning
- • Neil Martin
- • Scott McPherson
- • Rachel Metz
- • Laura Reiley
- • D. S.
- • Leonard Schwarz
- • Jim Shelby
- • Alan Sissenwein
- • Susan Tavernetti
- • Elisabeth Traugott
- • Jose Antonio Vargas
- • Nick Veronin
- • Marc Vincenti
- • Sarah Heim and David Weld
- • Christina Ziegler-McPherson