Film Reviews (2006)

Match Point
Review Date: January 2, 2006
Rating: 7
Rewarding departure for Allen, but one of his minor pieces. Read some more!
Review Date: April 8, 2006
Rating: 9
Brilliant allegory of the current political scene. Take a bite.
Mission Impossible 3
Review Date: May 5, 2006
Rating: 7

Abrams’ small-screen touch makes for a smarter but less thrilling chapter in the MI series. Accept this mission.

X-Men 3: The Last Stand
Review Date: May 26, 2006
Rating: 7
Enjoyable, dumb summer fare. Despite the hand-wringing about Ratner, no violation of the comic books. Evolve.
The Da Vinci Code
Review Date: May 31, 2006
Rating: 1
Dreadful. The details.
The Break Up
Review Date: June 6, 2006
Rating: 6
A brave romantic comedy which, in the final analysis, isn’t big on either romance or comedy. So what's left?
Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man
Review Date: June 12, 2006
Rating: 8
Poor ending nearly ruins a wonderful broad array of singers interpreting Cohen’s poetry. Listen in.
Review Date: June 28, 2006
Rating: 8
A huge star in a trifling amusement. Turn to page 5.

Pirates Of The Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest
Review Date: June 30, 2006
Rating: 5
Wandering images in search of a script. Ahoy, matey.

Miami Vice
Review Date: July 28, 2006
Rating: 6
Gloriously shot but lifeless. One small step for Mann...
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
Review Date: August 4, 2006
Rating: 7
Missed opportunities dampen an otherwise decent grab-bag of sketch comedy. Get grabbin’.

The Illusionist
Review Date: August 21, 2006
Pretty to look at but baffling and inconclusive. Click for the magic.
Jackass 2
Review Date: September 24, 2006
Rating: 8
One would need a heart of stone... Just give in already.
The Queen
Review Date: October 3, 2006
Tasteful, smartly-made look into the halls of power in England. That's nothing, you should hear me play piano.
Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny
Review Date: November 22, 2006
Rating: 3
Strictly amateur hour. Rock on anyway.

Little Children
Review Date: November 23, 2006
Rating: 7
Well-made but shallow satire of suburban life. Still: Winslet.

Fast Food Nation
Review Date: November 28, 2006
Rating: 10
Smart, sophisticated, and extremely depressing. Probably Linklater’s best film. Between the buns.
Briefly Noted:
Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story
January 28, 2006
Rating: 9

Clever and, surprising to say, more poignancy than laughs.

The New World
February 2, 2006
Rating: 10
Deeply affecting union of Eastern and Western philosophy. Mesmerizingly beautiful.
The Matador
February 26, 2006
Rating: 7
Pierce Brosnan’s best role to date. Smart script.
Dave Chapelle's Block Party
March 18, 2006
Rating: 8
Jazzy and alive. More a feel-good documentary than a comedy.
Thank You For Smoking
March 19, 2006
Rating: 8
Sharp, compact satire enlivened by fine performances.
V For Vendetta
March 22, 2006
Rating: 7
Enough of the spirit of Alan Moore’s writing survives in this mangled catherine wheel of a film to recommend it.
Inside Man
March 25, 2006
Rating: 8
Highly satisfying allegory for the common man’s place in the rich man’s world.
16 Blocks
March 27, 2006
Rating: 6
Lots of holes, but good performances by Mos Def and David Morse.
April 1, 2006
Rating: 10
Thrillingly original meta-cinema.
Wassup Rockers
May 13, 2006
Rating: 9
Same moral universe as “Kids”, except fun.