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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 >>

  • 2006 Year In Review: It's Soooo High School

    published December 21, 2006

    Robert Wilonsky's Top Ten Movies of 2006 1. Brick (Rian Johnson, USA) 2. The... More >>

  • Like Herding Sheep

    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 12... More >>

  • A True Horror Classic

    published December 21, 2006

    When the Levees Broke (HBO) Spike Lee's four-part doc, easily the best non-fiction film of 2006, gets a fifth part on DVD: a... More >>

  • Rich Man, Poor Man

    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"... 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 >>

  • A Masterpiece on Canvas

    published December 7, 2006

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

  • Dog Fancy

    published November 30, 2006

    When it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, Bobcat Goldthwait's Stay, now rebranded as Sleeping Dogs Lie for... 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 >>

  • One Toke Wonder

    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... 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 happier,... More >>

  • Royale Flush

    published November 16, 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 16, 2006

    Forbidden Planet (Warner Bros.) Long available as faded discount product, Fred McLeod Wilcox's 1956 masterpiece -- the movie without... 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... 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 woman, 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... 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), About a Boy... 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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • The Delightful Dud

    published October 12, 2006

    A Prairie Home Companion (New Line) This all-star sing-along -- with Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin, Tommy Lee Jones, Virginia Madsen,... 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... 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... 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... More >>

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