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  • Juices Flowing

    published December 28, 2006

    Jackass Number Two: Unrated (Paramount) The sequel to the dumb-ass jamboree makes its predecessor look plain and inoffensive.... More >>

  • The Good Shepherd

    published December 21, 2006

    It took Norman Mailer seven years and 1,282 pages to write 1991's Harlot's Ghost: A Novel of the CIA, and if memory serves, it took me... More >>

  • The Pursuit of Happyness

    published December 14, 2006

    About Will Smith's estimable talents, there is no doubt. Six Degrees of Separation, Ali...um...the "Parents Just Don't Understand" video: The... More >>

  • Farce of a Champion

    published December 14, 2006

    Talladega Nights (Columbia) This cut of Will Ferrell's NASCAR comedy runs 13 minutes longer than the theatrical version, and... More >>

  • Willie Nelson

    published November 30, 2006

    This doesn't sound like a Willie Nelson record, and it doesn't sound like a Ryan Adams record (though he produced it). I don't know what it sounds... More >>

  • Extra! Read All About It

    published November 30, 2006

    Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut (Warner Bros.) At long last, Richard Donner's much-whispered-about "original version" of... More >>

  • Tenacious D in "The Pick of Destiny"

    published November 23, 2006

    The first few minutes of Tenacious D in "The Pick of Destiny" are something to behold: a four-minute rock opera cranked to eleven.... More >>

  • Bad News With Al

    published November 23, 2006

    An Inconvenient Truth (Paramount) This isn't exactly the kind of DVD you buy to watch again and again; the ending doesn't get... More >>

  • Casino Royale

    published November 16, 2006

    By all rights, 2002's Die Another Day should have been the final James Bond film. It was packaged like a cynical best-of concert coughed up... More >>

  • When the Stars Came Out

    published November 16, 2006

    Forbidden Planet (Warner Bros.) Long available as faded discount product, Fred McLeod Wilcox's 1956 masterpiece -- the movie... More >>

  • Burning the Yule Log

    published November 9, 2006

    The Junky's Christmas (Koch) They just aren't cranking out claymation Christmas specials like they used to, which makes this a... More >>

  • Impossibly Passable

    published November 2, 2006

    Mission: Impossible III: Special Edition (Paramount) On the commentary track, director J.J. Abrams and star Tom Cruise sound... More >>

  • History Lessons

    published October 26, 2006

    There's a scene about halfway through Catch a Fire during which freedom fighters -- men and women, each boasting such nicknames as... More >>

  • These Dogs Still Hunt

    published October 26, 2006

    Reservoir Dogs: 15th Anniversary(Lions Gate) Quentin Tarantino's first film shows its age these days, mostly because we've seen all its... More >>

  • Took a Shot

    published October 19, 2006

    American Dreamz (Universal) Till this, Paul Weitz had a stellar filmography, a career in ascension: American Pie (good),... More >>

  • Repeat Offender

    published October 12, 2006

    There is no way of sidestepping the issue, so why not jump right into it: Infamous, this year's retelling of how Truman Capote wound... More >>

  • Voter Fraud

    published October 12, 2006

    Barry Levinson hasn't made a movie of note in almost a decade -- since 1997's Wag the Dog, to be precise, and even that was less a work of... More >>

  • Future Imperfect

    published October 5, 2006

    The animated feature has become the most tiresome dish available in the googolplex buffet line -- more so than even the mopey art-house offering... More >>

  • Lewis Blows His Top

    published October 5, 2006

    Lewis Black: Red, White & Screwed(HBO) Like many other Daily Show success stories, Lewis Black is a comedian made for these... More >>

  • Men Behaving Badly

    published September 28, 2006

    One would never confuse the work of writer-director Todd Phillips with that of the late Robert Hamer, whose filmography includes the essential... More >>

  • Poetry and Puncture Wounds

    published September 21, 2006

    The Proposition (First Look) There's an old saying about Ginger Rogers, who did everything Fred Astaire did -- but backwards and in... More >>

  • Turning Tricks

    published September 14, 2006

    I Am a Sex Addict (IFC) Caveh Zahedi has made a movie of our times -- a strange mix of self-absorption, shamelessness in the pursuit of... More >>

  • Necessary Evil

    published September 7, 2006

    United 93 (Universal) A suggestion to those who've put off watching the year's most wrenching and essential film: Before rolling the... More >>

  • The Breakups

    published August 31, 2006

    By the time Trust the Man opens this weekend, it will have been nearly a year since it debuted at the Toronto International Film... More >>

  • The Short Goodbye

    published August 31, 2006

    Arrested Development: Season Three (Fox) The final collection of Arrested Development discs feels sadly incomplete: only 13... More >>

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