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  • Don't Believe the (Absent) Hype

    published December 28, 2006

    History repeats itself: Eleven Decembers ago, Universal had the season's strongest movie — a downbeat sci-fi flick freely adapted from a... More >>

  • Now Playing

    published December 14, 2006

    This lavishly punishing picture is the third panel in Gibson's Ordeal triptych. The Martyrdom of the Braveheart and The Passion of the... More >>

  • Fountain of Shame

    published November 30, 2006

    Solemn, flashy, and flabbergasting, The Fountain — adapted by Darren Aronofsky from his own graphic novel — should really... More >>

  • On the Road

    published November 2, 2006

    Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan is funnier than its malapropic title — the... More >>

  • Bait and Switch

    published October 5, 2006

    No studio director was a greater hero to the Hong Kong new wave than Martin Scorsese. John Woo dedicated The Killer to him; Wong Kar-wai... More >>

  • Playtime

    published September 21, 2006

    Sweet, crazy, and tinged with sadness, Michel Gondry's new feature, The Science of Sleep, is a wondrous concoction. The tricksy... More >>

  • Ghost World

    published September 14, 2006

    Directed by Brian De Palma from the novel by neo-noirist James Ellroy, The Black Dahlia is a true-crime policier unfolding in... More >>

  • Detective Comics

    published September 7, 2006

    If Superman Returns attempted to resurrect the Man of Steel as mythic hero, the season's other Superman movie wants to disabuse us of any... More >>

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