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December 20, 2006

Rocky Balboa

Punchy with self-reflexivity, Stallone swan song is unremarkable -- and that's a good thing.

Letters From Iwo Jima

Eastwood's flip-side war epic ponders Japanese soldiers' choice between life and honor.

The Case of the Grinning Cat

Marker documentary a striking blend of lyricism and political commentary

December 15, 2006

The Secret Life of Words

Silence is golden for Polley and Robbins in Coixet's strangely sensual drama

Dreamgirls

Despite best intentions, Broadway adaptation resembles variety show with too many hollow acts

The Good German

There's a conceit to offend every movie-lover in Soderbergh's honorable failure

Home of the Brave

Hopelessly inadequate Iraq drama gunning for worst film of the year

December 14, 2006

The Pursuit of Happyness

Will Smith vehicle loses its ring of truth to the trappings of truthiness

December 13, 2006

El Topo

Jodorowsky's restored cult classic a singular experience to be had, not a story to be followed

The Mystery of Kaspar Hauser

Scathing comedy of manners is also Herzog's most affecting character study

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