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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
2/4
A feminist fantasy that you can either embrace -- as director Agnieszka Holland (Europa Europa) seems to have done with an unbecoming schoolgirl gushiness -- or repeatedly be pulled out of the story by its falseness.
Posted Nov 9, 2006
2
3.5/4
Flushed Away (2006)
An adventure that -- in both its breathtaking ingenuity and breathless excitement -- exceeds Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit and Chicken Run, the two previous collaborations between DreamWorks Animation and Aardman Features.
Posted Nov 2, 2006
3
4/4
Borat is a comedy whose lengthy title is difficult to remember, and whose incendiary humor is impossible to forget. It is the most insanely funny movie of this, or any other, year.
Posted Nov 2, 2006
4
2.5/4
Despite the intentionally controversial depiction of the murder of a sitting U.S. president, the movie never arrives at the shocking conclusions a picture like this seems to cry out for.
Posted Oct 26, 2006
5
1.5/4
Franken doesn't allow the knee-jerk predictability of his liberal pronouncements to deflate the great gasbag that he becomes as the movie proceeds.
Posted Oct 5, 2006
6
4/4
The Departed (2006)
In Martin Scorsese's thrilling, throbbing reinterpretation of [Infernal Affairs], it is the war that rages within all of us -- between our better and our badder selves -- that transforms this tale of treachery into one of the year's best movies.
Posted Oct 5, 2006
7
3/4
49 Up (2006)
In the same way that none of us ever do turn out as expected, neither do they. And that's more or less the point of continuing the series, even as they drone on about their disappointing marriages and dashed dreams, just like the rest of us.
Posted Oct 5, 2006
8
3/4
Open Season (2006)
A little bit like Over the Hedge, and a lot like the upcoming Flushed Away, in which an animated house mouse is forced to fend for himself in the sewers of London, Open Season may sound a bit familiar, but it is never dull.
Posted Sep 29, 2006
9
2/4
These characters and their effect upon each other are so poorly developed that it seems as if large chunks of the plot are missing.
Posted Sep 21, 2006
10
3/4
Buffalo Boy (2003)
If you have ever wondered what the life of a Vietnamese peasant was like in the 1940s, it seems unlikely there will be a lovelier evocation of it than Buffalo Boy.
Posted Sep 14, 2006
11
3.5/4
12
2.5/4
Quinceañera (2006)
What makes this modest little movie better than it sounds is the insistent beating of its heart.
Posted Aug 12, 2006
13
3/4
World Trade Center delivers to its audience a calculated dose of uplift and gooses us along to feel suspense here, compassion there and hope at the end.
Posted Aug 8, 2006
14
3/4
Talladega Nights is very funny at times, even if the Ballad part mostly boils down to a series of comedy sketches connected by a recurring character.
Posted Aug 4, 2006
15
3.5/4
A comedy that is both hilarious and bold.
Posted Aug 3, 2006
16
2.5/4
Miami Vice (2006)
The movie isn't perfect, but it's good enough, and better than most. It should keep us occupied until the big screen version of The Apprentice comes along.
Posted Jul 28, 2006
17
2/4
Scoop (2006)
Too often the movie suffers from jokes that sound left over from Broadway Danny Rose, without the ironic sense of detachment.
Posted Jul 27, 2006
18
1.5/4
It is yet another of Shyamalan's attempts to wade into the deep end of the profundity pool, where not even chlorine can kill the brackish residue of his design.
Posted Jul 21, 2006
19
3/4
I'm Your Man never quite gets its man in a coherent frame, but for all its zigs and zags outside the lines, the portrait of Cohen that emerges is a fascinating one.
Posted Jul 20, 2006
20
3/4
Monster House is like an amusement park ride through a fun house. It's a great deal more fun than that other amusement park ride, Pirates of the Caribbean, and funnier than the summer's Pixar picture, Cars.
Posted Jul 20, 2006
21
2/4
This installment in the trilogy feels more like filler between the first and the last episodes, and with no obvious story to tell, it remains mired in the horse latitudes of whimsy.
Posted Jul 6, 2006
22
3.5/4
A very clever adaptation of Lauren Weisberger's bestselling novel.
Posted Jun 29, 2006
23
3/4
[Singer] has brought the venerable superhero soaring back to life by delivering a satisfying blend of action, story and character development. If the movie is half an hour longer than it needs to be, there also are moments when you wish it would never end
Posted Jun 26, 2006
24
1/4
Bullock's decision to play Kate as a morose kill-joy is particularly inexplicable. She's getting letters from some hot architect through a hole in the time-space continuum, and yet her expression remains impassive, her voice flat, her outlook maudlin.
Posted Jun 24, 2006
25
2.5/4
Waist Deep (2006)
A solidly crafted piece of genre filmmaking.
Posted Jun 22, 2006
26
2.5/4
Wordplay (2006)
Working from a template made familiar by such recent documentaries as Spellbound and Mad Hot Ballroom, Wordplay provides a series of clues that artfully explain the defining madness of the Times crossword.
Posted Jun 22, 2006
27
1/4
Click (2006)
As a comic, Adam Sandler has never had an original thought, or if he did, he probably assumed he had stolen it from somebody, he just didn't know who.
Posted Jun 22, 2006
28
2.5/4
Serrill's documentary on a girls' high school basketball team in Seattle has oodles of heart. What it hasn't got is game.
Posted Jun 15, 2006
29
3.5/4
Nacho Libre (2006)
This could quickly turn into a train wreck if both the material and the performances weren't there to fill the frame. Fortunately, Nacho Libre is able to keep fading to Black, who has the lucha of love. And of greatness.
Posted Jun 15, 2006
30
2.5/4
Cars (2006)
Cars gives you plenty of time to think, some of which you may wish to use wondering why it isn't a better movie.
Posted Jun 8, 2006
31
2/4
The Omen (2006)
Schreiber seems to wander through the film like Hamlet's ghost, waiting for his soliloquy to come, and it never does. He's kind of a cold fish, and Stiles isn't much better.
Posted Jun 6, 2006
32
1.5/4
The Break-Up (2006)
The Break-Up is being marketed as an 'unconventional romantic comedy,' but the only thing unconventional about it is that it's not romantic and it's not a comedy.
Posted May 31, 2006
33
3/4
True, Ratner is no Singer, but in The Last Stand he delivers the goods with gusto.
Posted May 26, 2006
34
1.5/4
... it's a thriller with a lot of explaining to do, which it does, endlessly, while we wait for an actual movie to break out.
Posted May 18, 2006
35
2.5/4
Falls squarely -- and, it must be said, squirrelly -- in the middle between the lackluster Madagascar and the wonderful Wallace & Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit.
Posted May 18, 2006
36
3/4
Even though Goal! takes its own sweet time getting there, the story of Santiago Munez (played by Spanish-language TV star Kuno Becker) finally arrives at the heartwarming uplift to which all sports movies are required to aspire.
Posted May 11, 2006
37
2.5/4
Poseidon (2006)
After you've seen Poseidon, you will never willingly crawl into a thousand-gallon ballast tank again.
Posted May 11, 2006
38
2/4
Proposes to paint a black comedy, but instead has the outsize ears and lopsided, leering grin of bad caricature.
Posted May 11, 2006
39
1/4
Just My Luck (2006)
A dispiriting piece of consumerist comedy in which it's not the jokes that are priceless, but having the right credit card, the right outfit and the right boyfriend. It's a lose-lose.
Posted May 11, 2006
40
3/4
Water (2005)
Water runs deep because Mehta is an able -- if somewhat gloomy -- storyteller.
Posted May 4, 2006
41
2.5/4
An example of fascinating material that frequently triumphs over its pedestrian presentation.
Posted May 4, 2006
42
2/4
If you've ever wondered what a two-hour episode of Abrams' TV show Alias would look like if he spent $150 million making it, well, now's your chance to find out.
Posted May 4, 2006
43
2.5/4
... it doesn't bring us any closer to understanding Page's life, or the origins of the multi-billion dollar porn industry.
Posted Apr 28, 2006
44
3.5/4
United 93 (2006)
... hard to watch, but impossible to turn away from.
Posted Apr 27, 2006
45
1.5/4
RV (2006)
RV is a movie founded upon a single, gigantic, gas-guzzling joke, which is then sliced 98 ways during each excruciating minute of its running time: that people who ride around the country in garishly colored land barges are inherently funny.
Posted Apr 27, 2006
46
3/4
The Sentinel (2006)
It's a sleek piece of entertainment with attractive performers who deliver exactly what's expected of them.
Posted Apr 20, 2006
47
1.5/4
I think I liked Aniston's old friends better.
Posted Apr 8, 2006
48
2.5/4
Intended as an empowerment fantasy in a world where fantasy is the last thing that's needed.
Posted Apr 7, 2006
49
3/4
Sir! No Sir! (2006)
This compelling documentary by director David Zeiger recounts what were more than half a million 'incidents of desertion' during the war, many of them acts of direct rebellion against the legitimacy of the war.
Posted Apr 6, 2006
50
3/4
Even when it's being too clever by half, Lucky Number Slevin racks up twice as many style points as any other film so far this year.
Posted Apr 6, 2006