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  • 2006: The Year in Movies

    published December 27, 2006

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  • Juices Flowing

    published December 27, 2006

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

  • Like Herding Sheep

    published December 20, 2006

    Like Herding Sheep 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... More >>

  • Rich Man, Poor Man

    published December 13, 2006

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

  • Farce of a Champion

    published December 13, 2006

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

  • A Masterpiece on Canvas

    published December 6, 2006

    Rocky: 2-Disc Collector's Edition (MGM) An old TV commercial for Rocky included here compares Sylvester Stallone... More >>

  • Extra! Read All About It

    published November 29, 2006

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

  • Bad News With Al

    published November 22, 2006

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

  • Royale Flush

    published November 15, 2006

    By all rights, 2002's Die Another Day should have been and could have been the final James Bond film. It was packaged like a cynical, weary... More >>

  • When the Stars Came Out

    published November 15, 2006

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

  • Burning the Yule Log

    published November 8, 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 1, 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 25, 2006

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

  • These Dogs Still Hunt

    published October 25, 2006

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

  • Took a Shot

    published October 18, 2006

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

  • Voter Fraud

    published October 11, 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... More >>

  • Future Imperfect

    published October 11, 2006

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

  • Repeat Offender

    published October 11, 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 >>

  • Poetry and Puncture Wounds

    published September 20, 2006

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

  • Turning Tricks

    published September 13, 2006

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

  • Necessary Evil

    published September 6, 2006

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

  • The Short Goodbye

    published August 30, 2006

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

  • Get a Clue

    published August 23, 2006

    Veronica Mars: The Complete Second Season (Warner Bros.) Any concept along the lines of "high school hottie solves... More >>

  • Smells Like Victory

    published August 16, 2006

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

  • One Day in September

    published August 9, 2006

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

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