Latest Theatrical Reviews
Swimming Pool (2003)
French filmmaker François Ozon takes pages from Hitchcock, Lynch, and fellow countryman Chabrol in Swimming Pool, one of the few buzzed-about films of this year's Cannes film festival. An ode...
The Break-Up (2006)
At least one draft short of brilliance....[but] more palatable than the typical romantic comedy, thanks in large part to Vaughn's engaging duets with the ensemble.
An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
Definitely propaganda on an issue that remains divisive....[but] Even if Gore is wrong, and I'm not saying he is, his proposed solutions are common-sensibly sound.
The 'free spirited innocent' archetype doesn't convincingly share residence with this numbly sexual Lolita.
The Puffy Chair (2006)
[Not] very amusing--its stabs at humor are low-key to a fault, and too sporadic--but it is mostly truthful about yuppie love, and that's something.
The Proposition (2006)
Cave uses the taming of Australia as the backdrop for a nasty, dirty western about the implications of violence.
See No Evil (2006)
Amateur Hour-and-a-Half....It isn't fit for human consumption.
Keeping Up with the Steins (2006)
Fatally short on laughs. The jokes are mostly bad vaudeville, as when Piven asks, "How much for 50 Cent? Okay, how about 17 Cent?"
Over the Hedge (2006)
The voice work and animation are both a cut above the average, and the film's energy is brisk.
There's camp, and there's just plain lousy writing.
The Lost City (2006)
The Lost City
is a lot of things, but what it's not is incisive.
Goal! The Dream Begins (2006)
Obvious...All [but soccer fanatics] can pass on
Goal! The Dream Begins
and make plans now to avoid its two upcoming sequels.
An American Haunting (2006)
On more than one occasion...a girl scrapes her fingernails across a wood floor as an invisible poltergeist attacks her. The wood floor may not be a chalkboard, but it's close enough.
Just My Luck (2006)
Why does the new Lindsay Lohan picture have such a poo fixation?....Could it be that director Donald Petrie is Freudian slipping on his s**tty material?
Down in the Valley (2006)
Though the film around it is often ungainly, an interesting idea lives at the heart of David Jacobson's Down in the Valley. When controlling parents alienate their children, they create an environmen...
Art School Confidential (2006)
Zwigoff too often picks up his putty knife when he should be running with scissors...doesn't quite add up to the sum of its parts, but some of the parts are pretty amusing all the same.
Jimmy Buffet may be known for his Hawaiian shirts, but there's something undeniably plaid about
Mission: Impossible III (2006)
A thrill ride, and a gripping one: plausibility-straining, predictable at times, but pulse-pounding all the same.
Detailed and graced with irreverent humor and fine performances, Mehta's film deals powerful blows to economic injustice and misogyny.
Akeelah and the Bee (2006)
Dramatically jerry-rigged in every possible way.
Stick It (2006)
Too lazy to perfect its own routine...[but] a surprisingly appealing vacation, from sense to sensibility.
Color me surprised when Barry Sonnenfeld's family comedy turned out to be a palatable picture that doesn't rob Robin Williams of his dignity as a comic actor.
United 93 (2006)
A unique film about a unique event...but what will we think of
in five years or, for that matter, fifty?
The actors play it with poker-faces, but the further we go into the noir territory of hard-boiled, fast-paced dialogue and dames wrapped in crimson and black, the more ticklish
American Dreamz (2006)
Not everything works in this semi-audacious challenge to the American Dream, but Weitz consistently and amusingly hits the broad side of the barn.
The Sentinel (2006)
Strictly boilerplate...fail[s] to pursue any interesting avenues, using the cardboard characters as mere shooting-range targets.
Scary Movie 4 (2006)
I just don't see much entertainment value--or, certainly, a shelf life--in a contrived string of mildly amusing parodies of bad movies. Here today, yawn tomorrow.
Kinky Boots (2006)
Rigged for your pleasure...everything is played up for schmaltz value or dopey laughs.
Hard Candy (2006)
Skews just enough toward
Death and the Maiden
and away from
Kekexili: Mountain Patrol (2006)
Since Lu depicts the punishing, unforgiving determination on both sides of the conflict, the film is not entirely pitiless for the pathetic criminal class.
Sir! No Sir! (2006)
Offers nothing in the way of balancing the protest viewpoint...[but] still usefully revisits--during our current unpopular war--the internal conflict of America during the Vietnam War.
The Notorious Bettie Page (2006)
More clever than insightful, [but] Harron makes the most of that humorously earnest style ripped from the pin-up pages.
Friends with Money (2006)
Gives the characters relatable failings and the story some ironic bite...[but] lacks the depth of empathy Holofcener showed in
Lovely and Amazing
Take the Lead (2006)
The dance remains the same...
Take the Lead
has exactly two things going for it (each worth one star): the always entertaining Antonio Banderas and a lot of ballroom dancing.
The Outsider (2006)
With The Outsider, documentarian Nicholas Jarecki paints a revealing portrait of filmmaker James Toback, the prickly screenwriter-director with a manic streak and a weakness for gambling. Jarecki dem...
It's heartening to be able to report that
is as much like
as it is like
Boys in the Hood
....Robinson may overdose on style, but he also respects the homegrown origins of this
Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006)
The seams show...a somewhat grudging social obligation for audiences over the age of ten to tow their younger charges.
She's the Man (2006)
Gets by because it knows it's dorky. It's happily dorky. It's
Thank You for Smoking (2006)
A scathing satire....If there's a lesson, it's that spinning your fellow Americans is the real national pastime--the greater problem is when you spin yourself.
La Bestia nel cuore (Don't Tell) (2006)
Just because American films frequently exploit repressed memories as a plot device in nasty genre pictures doesn't make the genteel
a sophisticated or particularly insightful film.
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