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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
3.5/4
2
2/4
A Good Year (2006)
To quote a classic cinematic oenophile -- quaffable but far from transcendent.
Posted Nov 8, 2006
3
2/4
A striking implosion of incongruent themes.
Posted Nov 6, 2006
4
3/4
Flushed Away (2006)
One of the most outright enjoyable films of the year -- an imaginative and entertaining ride from the very first flush.
Posted Nov 3, 2006
5
3.5/4
Plucky, uproarious and totally uncompromising.
Posted Oct 31, 2006
6
2/4
I've often wondered how Burroughs' scathing ruminations would translate to the big screen and now I know: not that well.
Posted Oct 29, 2006
7
0.5/4
The Prestige (2006)
There's no real magic here.
Posted Oct 28, 2006
8
1.5/4
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.
Posted Oct 28, 2006
9
1/4
This futuristic faux documentary about the assassination of George W. Bush paints the president as a noble hero along the lines of Abraham Lincoln.
Posted Oct 27, 2006
10
3/4
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.
Posted Oct 24, 2006
11
3.5/4
Whitaker's acting resurrects the dictator and his deeds with stunning immediacy.
Posted Oct 15, 2006
12
3/4
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.
Posted Oct 13, 2006
13
2.5/4
Catch a Fire (2006)
Preachy to a fault and culminating in a treacly message.
Posted Oct 11, 2006
14
3/4
The Bridge (2006)
15
3/4
16
4/4
Relentlessly picks at scabs of domestic bliss that conceal sorrow, betrayal and futile fulfillment.
Posted Oct 11, 2006
17
4/4
The Queen (2006)
Darkly observed and deeply affecting.
Posted Oct 10, 2006
18
2/4
Shortbus (2006)
19
3.5/4
Infamous (2006)
Cunningly emphasizes the vast distinction between the idle rich and the drama's plainspoken wounded.
Posted Oct 9, 2006
20
2/4
Cook serves up some tasty laughs but Employee of the Month feels processed.
Posted Oct 6, 2006
21
3.5/4
The Departed (2006)
22
0.5/4
Four screenwriters get credit for the bottom-feeder script.
Posted Sep 30, 2006
23
2/4
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.
Posted Sep 29, 2006
24
3.5/4
Jesus Camp (2006)
The ominous tolling bell of documentaries.
Posted Sep 27, 2006
25
3/4
Contentious, engaging and very timely.
Posted Sep 26, 2006
26
2.5/4
The Guardian (2006)
Director Andrew Davis aims straight and true with his rescue scenes, churning ocean and emotion with a flair for good theater.
Posted Sep 26, 2006
27
2/4
Li fans will appreciate the excellent choreography and Li's calm confidence, but Fearless lacks the imagination necessary for a must-see experience.
Posted Sep 22, 2006
28
2/4
Flyboys (2006)
Had Top Gun been directed by a curator at the Smithsonian Museum, Flyboys would have been the outcome.
Posted Sep 22, 2006
29
3/4
Confetti (2006)
A three-ring circus of throttled emotion.
Posted Sep 19, 2006
30
1.5/4
Flailing arms and empty sentiments lay waste to a shaky narrative.
Posted Sep 18, 2006
31
1/4
The Quiet (2006)
Pretentious and pointless -- take a pass.
Posted Sep 16, 2006
32
3/4
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.
Posted Sep 15, 2006
33
2/4
Imperturbable Americans who read as juvenile clowns for their inability or unwillingness to put their emotional houses in order.
Posted Sep 13, 2006
34
3/4
There's something irresistible about this convoluted puzzler, a bracing who-dunnit-ness that has its female leads to thank for its sleazy fancy.
Posted Sep 13, 2006
35
2.5/4
Shaded intimacy and old-fashioned wisdom suffers from a ponderous pace and hackneyed undertone.
Posted Sep 6, 2006
36
3/4
Transcends its clumsy title and proves itself a respectable period piece.
Posted Sep 5, 2006
37
2.5/4
Invincible (2006)
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.
Posted Sep 2, 2006
38
3/4
The Namesake (2006)
Quote not available.
Posted Sep 2, 2006
39
2/4
Crossover (2006)
40
4/4
Half Nelson (2006)
Kudos to writer director Ryan Fleck for keeping it real, no fairy-tale endings and no quick cinematic fixes.
Posted Aug 30, 2006
41
3.5/4
Idlewild (2006)
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?
Posted Aug 23, 2006
42
2/4
The kind of cloying indie that's too precocious for its own good.
Posted Aug 23, 2006
43
2.5/4
Factotum (2006)
With Dillon at the helm Bukowski's muse comes alive; chaotic and maddening but eminently watchable.
Posted Aug 21, 2006
44
3/4
Strictly B-movie but rocking with energy.
Posted Aug 20, 2006
45
3/4
46
3/4
47
3.5/4
Stone paints a grim and claustrophobic picture of the men's nightmarish confines, but beautifully captures their bond and passion to survive.
Posted Aug 11, 2006
48
2.5/4
Quinceañera (2006)
Pleasing yet amateurish drama.
Posted Aug 9, 2006
49
2.5/4
Tucker is strictly for the teen crowd, but the intermittent waves of witty fun are to die for.
Posted Aug 5, 2006
50
3/4
The Descent (2006)
Grabs at the jugular and doesn't let go until the last gory frame.
Posted Aug 4, 2006