The Architect (2006)
The Holiday (2006)
"Even though almost everything about it feels forced and its casting chemistry hardly sizzles, its heart is in the right place, it has its quota of funny and touching moments, and it's ultimately fairly enjoyable."
"The movie's world is so extreme that it's almost ludicrous. And yet, through Gibson's bravura feat of epic filmmaking, it's also so bizarrely alien, so visually stunning, so interesting in every frame that it's totally hypnotic."
Blood Diamond (2006)
Fuck (F*ck) (2005)
"The most dishonest thing about this ranting montage of a movie is its technique of panning between opposing viewpoints to simulate debate, when in fact each of the more than 35 celebrities was separately interviewed."
The Nativity Story (2006)
"The filmmakers have strived to tell their tale, which is part Scripture and part imagined, with the simplicity and sincerity of a Sunday school lesson, and, as far as I can see, it does not veer from tradition in a way that is likely to offend anyone."
Turistas (Paradise Lost) (2006)
Déjà Vu (2006)
"Is there another male filmmaker who so celebrates the mystery of women as much as Pedro Almodovar? Only maverick director George Cukor similarly delighted in the intricacies and moods of the female sex."
"A powerful, poignant movie and its ending -- played over a long excerpt of one of RFK's most compassionate speeches, voiced with none of the cliches of political rhetoric -- was, for me, the movie year's single most devastating sequence."
The Fountain (2006)
"In an era in which even the so-called independent cinema chases formulas and is ruled by a cowardly herd instinct, you really have to admire Aronofsky's guts for making such a risky, uncompromising, spiritual-minded film."
Deck the Halls (2006)
Happy Feet (2006)
Fanfan la Tulipe (1953)
Fast Food Nation (2006)
Little Children (2006)
For Your Consideration (2006)
"There's definitely some funny stuff, but mostly in the smaller roles: Levy's hilariously insincere talent agent; Ricky Gervais as the incompetent head of a boutique film division; Lynch as a trashy, E-Channel-style gossip-show host."
Casino Royale (2006)
"This James Bond is a successful reinvention of a mythic character, an immensely enjoyable action film -- maybe the year's best -- and proof positive that, after nearly half a century, the movies' most popular series still has a lot of life left in it."
Harsh Times (2006)
Iraq in Fragments (2006)
A Good Year (2006)
"The script offers some striking wisdom about the nature of art, and the leads are individually fine, especially Harris, who takes a lot of risks with the role and gradually makes us believe we're getting a privileged look inside the mind of a genius."
Deliver Us from Evil (2006)
Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
"Most of the movie's comedy falls very flat. Another director might have masked the inadequacy of the script in a way to make the enterprise marginally fun, but [Marc] Forster just didn't have the goofy flair required."
Time to Leave (2006)
Great Warming (2006)
Flushed Away (2006)
Running With Scissors (2006)
"[Director] Murphy (TV's Nip/Tuck) nails a scene here and there, but fails to make this tale of epic abuse either instructive or meaningful, and his evocation of a period he's too young to remember rings false at every turn."
Death of a President (2006)
Catch a Fire (2006)
Conversations With God (2006)
Zen Noir (2006)
"Writer/director Marc Rosenbush's first film, from the false toughness of its surface to its soft, pulpy heart, will please neither aficionados of the detective genre nor devotees of Eastern religion."
Flags of Our Fathers (2006)
"[There's] something both brilliant and deeply touching in the way the movie explores the nature of heroism and the necessity of defining our values in terms of symbolic figures that reflect but do not necessarily embody those values."
American Hardcore (2006)
The War Tapes (2006)
"A scary diary of their increasingly dehumanized daily lives (mostly spent protecting supply convoys on the dangerous highways) and the movie evokes the futile larger war around them in a series of haunting images."
The Queen (2006)
The Prestige (2006)
"Flicka does not seem to be pandering to the dictates of Hollywood formula filmmaking, and everything about it seems structured to evoke that special love which young girls seem to universally feel for the equine species."
The Marine (2006)
Love's Abiding Joy (2006)
"The movie, based on the novel by Janette Oke, shows how time and belief can help deal with tragedies. These solutions, however, when applied to the LaHayes' particular tragedy, make for a stagnantly morose plot."