Flags of Our Fathers (2006)
A Scanner Darkly (2006)
"free-flowing science-fiction drama that moves like a cloud of ink in a swimming pool. ... while the visuals are suitably trippy, 'Scanner' is disappointingly short on drama and compelling characters."
The Prestige (2006)
"Nolan has handed himself a difficult task by tackling a complicated, often downbeat story with two cold, central figures. ... But Nolan, like Angier and Borden, has no shortage of tricks up his sleeve..."
Man of the Year (2006)
The Departed (2006)
"Gripping, often cruelly funny... [and] a film that is coming along at the perfect time, as millions of Americans grapple with feelings of chronic insecurity, suspicion and a powerful desire for change."
The Notorious Bettie Page (2006)
Open Season (2006)
"Both Lawrence and Kutcher remain firmly within their standard ranges -- Lawrence is surly but secretly sensitive, while Kutcher is manic yet needy -- and their performances are as nondescript as most of the jokes."
School for Scoundrels (2006)
The Last Kiss (2006)
The Black Dahlia (2006)
"proceeds to happily shred many of the pages in the monster-movie operation manual as it kills off a few people you might have thought would be potential heroes and permits other less-likable folks to stick around."
All The King's Men (2006)
"tedious, confusing and, like so many campaign promises, thoroughly hollow. ... Wait until you get an earful of the torturous 'Leezyuhna' accents of Law, James Gandolfini and particularly Sean Penn..."
The Wicker Man (2006)
"For viewers, the biggest challenge may be holding back screams of laughter as Summersisle is revealed to be the Island of Awful Acting. ... the original film ended with a sudden shock, this one climaxes with high hilarity."
The Illusionist (2006)
How to Eat Fried Worms (2006)
"bears all the hallmarks of a low-grade kiddie matinee, including... cardboard characters and several incidents in which people scream and run around for no apparent reason, except possibly to keep the audience from dozing off."
World Trade Center (2006)
"leaves a sour aftertaste: It's too little, too soon. ...even accomplished actors, sensitive screenwriting and impressive visual effects can't compete with the heartbreaking horror of the real world."
Snakes on a Plane (2006)
Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Material Girls (2006)
"The film opens with the Duffs huffing and puffing their way through a remake of Madonna's 'Material Girl,' an ode to gold digging that Madonna sang with a touch of wry humor; the Duffs perform it as if it was 'The Battle Hymn of the Republic.'"
Step Up (2006)
"Whenever Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan and the rest of the spry young cast start moving, the film springs to life, and when they start talking, 'Step Up' collapses in a heap, like a dancer's discarded sweatshirt."
"Ferrell has surrounded himself with outstanding co-stars, including John C. Reilly, Amy Adams, Michael Clarke Duncan, Jane Lynch and Gary Cole. Each of them carries on as if this is the movie they've waited a lifetime to make..."
"... spends at least half of its running time ambling around in search of a plot. By the time it finds one -- ...'Hey, I know! We'll rip off 'The Lion King,' and put cows in it!' -- the movie has already bought the farm."
The Night Listener (2006)
"Although the careless editing has left the plot in tatters, it hasn't ruined a sincere, low-key performance by a grandfatherly looking Williams and an excellent turn by Collette, who makes Donna a fascinating collection of contradictions."
The Ant Bully (2006)
Miami Vice (2006)
My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006)
Monster House (2006)
"reminiscent of last year's shrill 'Zathura,' another film that couldn't find the proper balance between humor and horror. ...The movie has a few nicely warped ideas that remain frustratingly underdeveloped."
Lady in the Water (2006)
Clerks II (2006)
Tsotsi (Thug) (2006)
You, Me and Dupree (2006)
Little Man (2006)
The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
"The material is presented clearly and, for the most part, persuasively, although the side-trips into Gore's family history... seem like the minibiographies that are traditionally served up during election time."
Superman Returns (2006)
"Although its opening promises a mystery, the question at the core of 'Cache' is not who is responsible for sending the packages; instead, the film asks whether the real danger is outside the Laurents' home or inside it."
"has several truly funny moments and inspired ideas, enough to make viewers wonder how much better the film would have been if a strong story editor and a sharp director had been called in to smooth out the script's many wrinkles."
Keeping Up With The Steins (2006)
The Lake House (2006)
Nacho Libre (2006)
A Prairie Home Companion (2006)
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)