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2006 Stories by Robert Wilonsky

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  • Smells Like Victory

    published August 17, 2006

    Apocalypse Now: The Complete Dossier (Paramount) It's all here, more or less: the 1979 theatrical cut of Francis Ford Coppola's... More >>

  • One Day in September

    published August 10, 2006

    World Trade Center is about just that — the attacks on, and the collapse of, the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001. But 45... More >>

  • Whodunnit High

    published August 10, 2006

    Brick (Universal) Rian Johnson's feature debut as writer-director will wind up as one of the year's best films. A film noir set... More >>

  • Now Playing

    published August 3, 2006

    This might as well be titled A Day at the Races. Like Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, with which the latest Adam McKay/Will... More >>

  • Shut Up, Already

    published August 3, 2006

    V for Vendetta (Warner Bros.) Illustrator David Lloyd calls this adaptation of the comic he made with writer Alan Moore "very... More >>

  • Insect Insight

    published July 27, 2006

    The Ant Bully is based on a very short children's book by John Nickle, who wrote and illustrated the 1999 work all by his lonesome... More >>

  • Eating for Two

    published July 27, 2006

    Feed (TLA) Remember the old jokes about "What's grosser than gross"? The makers of Feed do, as they prove in the first... More >>

  • Now Playing

    published July 20, 2006

    This is a note-for-note cover of its predecessor, 1994's Clerks, the charmingly crude black-and-white heap upon which writer-director Kevin... More >>

  • Way Out of Sync

    published July 20, 2006

    Edison Force (Sony) Gritty cop stuff must write itself -- just make sure everyone's tough, corrupt, and talking like they stole... More >>

  • Engines Running Hot

    published July 13, 2006

    Grand Prix (Warner Bros.) John Frankenheimer, as underrated as he was brilliant, made a racing picture in 1966 that's yet to be... More >>

  • Fool's Gold

    published July 6, 2006

    The fact that 2003's Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl was such a hit had much to do with viewers' prelaunch... More >>

  • Recycled Steel

    published June 29, 2006

    After all that, just this? After all the anticipation, all the hype, all the product available on toy-store shelves and kiddie sections at... More >>

  • The Citizen Kane of Crap

    published June 29, 2006

    The Devil's Sword (Mondo Macabro) Few trash movies live up to their reputation, but here's a balls-out wonder that surpasses... More >>

  • Vampires of Moscow

    published June 22, 2006

    Night Watch (Fox Searchlight) Every once in a while, Hollywood needs somebody else to steal a genre and totally reimagine it; it... More >>

  • Tortilla Flat

    published June 15, 2006

    There is no movie more overrated in recent history than Napoleon Dynamite; it's to cinema what the Doors are to rock and roll, a thing... More >>

  • Bring in the Trash

    published June 15, 2006

    Valley of the Dolls Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (Fox) Behold The Godfather and Godfather Part II... More >>

  • Cars

    published June 8, 2006

    The latest vehicle to roll off a Pixar assembly line that has thus far kicked out nothing but spit-shined classics answers that age-old question:... More >>

  • Ford Tough

    published June 8, 2006

    The John Wayne/John Ford Film Collection (Warner Bros.) Featuring the most epic pairing of director and actor in Hollywood... More >>

  • Dreams of Syndication

    published June 1, 2006

    Will & Grace: Series Finale (Lions Gate) The way this got hustled to shelves, mere days after Will Truman and Grace Adler said... More >>

  • Get Inside!

    published May 18, 2006

    Summer is the season of high expectations and profound disappointments. That suntan looks more like sunburn, your beer stays ice-cold till the... More >>

  • Over the Hedge

    published May 18, 2006

    It feels like I've already seen this movie four times, after witnessing the parade of commercials for junk Over the Hedge's characters are... More >>

  • Inside the Lines

    published May 11, 2006

    Art School Confidential is very much like every movie pilfered from the Saturday Night Live playbook, in which the... More >>

  • Beauty at Buchenwald

    published May 11, 2006

    Fateless (THINKFilm) I've no patience for the Holocaust docudrama -- didn't even see Schindler's List till years after its 1993... More >>

  • Embarrassment of Riches

    published May 4, 2006

    Tennessee Williams Film Collection (Warner Bros.) All that's missing from this boxed set -- six movies, one doc, eight discs --... More >>

  • Fear of Flying

    published April 27, 2006

    United 93 — which uses the hijacking of one plane on September 11, 2001, to tell the story of what happened to all four... More >>

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