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2006 Stories by Michael Atkinson

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  • All the King's Men

    published September 21, 2006

    According to its publicity, bringing Robert Penn Warren's 1946 novel All the King's Men to the screen again has always been "a cherished... More >>

  • The Wicker Man

    published September 7, 2006

    A couple of questions arise with the new remake of Robin Hardy's 1973 cult-remembered genre work -- namely, what's in this kind of malarkey for... More >>

  • Idlewild

    published August 24, 2006

    One of the weakest and most ridiculous aspects of popular culture is its narcissistic now-ness. There's often no then or later, and without past... More >>

  • All Wet

    published July 20, 2006

    It would be a mighty sweet thing to see M. Night Shyamalan as the great redemptive storyteller he clearly thinks he is -- or as he portrays... 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 >>

  • This Time It's Serious

    published May 18, 2006

    Winter Passing (Fox) Try this, should you be inclined to rent this downer from writer-director Adam Rapp: Skip from chapter... More >>

  • Nouveau Noir

    published May 11, 2006

    Calling Rian Johnson's teen indie drama Brick a piece of stuntwork might seem tantamount to hitting it with a pie, but it's a... More >>

  • Technicolor Yuan

    published May 4, 2006

    Coming closer even than Zhang Yimou's House of Flying Daggers to resembling the Chinese cover art for an Iron Butterfly album, Chen Kaige's... More >>

  • Sans Quentin

    published April 6, 2006

    You may not yet have lost your ardor and respect for the pressure-point hammerblow Quentin Tarantino executed on American movies, but it's... More >>

  • Knockoff

    published April 6, 2006

    We've all done it: killed an afternoon drinking in a pleasantly grungy roadhouse somewhere, boozily enjoying the illusion of having fallen off the... More >>

  • Puff Piece

    published March 30, 2006

    "You want an easy job, go join the Red Cross," someone says well into Thank You for Smoking, a gleeful farce about capitalist... More >>

  • It's a Crime

    published March 23, 2006

    Given Inside Man's bullpen (director Spike Lee, stars Denzel Washington and Jodie Foster), moment in political history and... More >>

  • Now You See Them

    published March 23, 2006

    Breasts: A Documentary (First Run) Honest, compassionate, and funny, this documentary is remarkable for the bravery of its... More >>

  • Look Away

    published March 9, 2006

    Anyone who remembers the 1977 Wes Craven film The Hills Have Eyes, which was and remains a piece of Milwaukee-beer shit, remembers... More >>

  • This Dogg's Got Bite

    published March 9, 2006

    The Tenants (Sony) Fifteen seconds into the video for "Nuthin but a G Thang," it was obvious that Snoop Dog had charisma to... More >>

  • Hard Ride

    published March 2, 2006

    Didn't Richard Donner retire? A 1980s star-director name, among many, that should now send bolts of discouraging dread down your spine, Richard... More >>

  • The Great Cash-In

    published March 2, 2006

    Walk the Line (Fox) No matter what a junkie does with his spare time -- say, redefine country music, or forge one of history's... More >>

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