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November 2006
Week of November 20th through November 24th

FILM

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DREAMGIRLS early review (in Film )

AintItCool News has an early peak of the most anticipated film of the year.

Casino Royale (in Film )

Casino Royale” is certainly a change for the better. It’s intriguing, complex, dark, and exciting. Blond and now Bond, Daniel Craig keeps the franchise alive and well.

The Aura (in Film )

A wannabe gangster with overwhelming regret enveloped in a whirlwind of terror.

Candy (in Film )

A wannabe gangster with overwhelming regret enveloped in a whirlwind of terror.

Babel (in Film )

Babel is a multi-layered morality play which merely pays lip service, pardon the pun, to the underlying theme of the old Biblical allegory.

The Cave of The Yellow Dog(in Film )

Deliberately-paced, and blessed with some of the most calming, humbling, and breathtaking panoramas, the film is a Lassie-like adventure but one stripped of any pretense, transparent plot points or a syrupy send-off.

Wordplay(in Film )

Wordplay, a surprisingly entertaining documentary, actually manages to take this supposedly solitary and cerebral endeavor and present it as a spectator sport every bit as engaging as the national pastime.


Borat (in Film )

Horrifying, vulgar and exploitative, yet somehow simultaneously inspired, brilliant and convulsively hilarious, Borat is a Jackass-meets-60 Minutes masterpiece you’ll be ashamed to admit you loved every second of.


Harsh Times(in Film )

Harsh Times merely manages to
create an edgy, ominous atmosphere, but fails to provide much in the way of the bloodletting which marked Training Day.

Color of the Cross (in Film )

The best thing about Color of the Cross is that it finally furnishes us with a reason for the Crucifixion.

Color of the Cross (in Film )

The best thing about Color of the Cross is that it finally furnishes us with a reason for the Crucifixion.

Color of the Cross (in Film )

The best thing about Color of the Cross is that it finally furnishes us with a reason for the Crucifixion.

Death of a President (in Film )

Death of a President must be dubbed a technical masterpiece, as it
seamlessly weaves reams of real footage in with staged events to create a not too distant future where this scenario could actually be played out.

The Bridge (in Film )

“The Prestige” is not to be missed. Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale are outstanding here.

The Prestige (in Film )

“The Prestige” is not to be missed. Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale are outstanding here.

Conventioneers (in Film )

Conventioneers must be considered among the best micro-budget offerings of the year, for it very effectively chronicles two stories simultaneously.


Man of the Year (in Film )

Trust me, a sloppily-edited, unmanageable insult to the intelligence with far too many shortcomings to deserve any further analysis.

The Grudge 2 (in Film )

“The Grudge 2” has no substance, no thrill, no suspense, numerous fade-outs, and finally no explanation. Better to rent the original.

Zerophilia (in Film )

Zerophilia is as ingenious and as expertly-executed a feature film debut as you could ever hope to find among the artsy, micro-budget offerings.

Tideland (in Film )

Deliberately disturbing, disgusting, and designed with the unshockable in mind, Tideland is strictly recommended for the very open-minded with cast-iron stomachs.

The Departed review (in Film )

The Departed is one of the year's best films. It's explosive to say the least, but it's also well-acted, executed, and highly intense.

Little Miss Sunshine review (in Film )

A wonderful, wonderful message movie, warts-an-all!

The Last King of Scotland review (in Film )

Forest Whitaker simply captivates the screen as Idi Amin in a commanding performance thatfs worthy of a Best Actor Oscar nomination.

The Queen review (in Film )

Playing gThe Queenh with compassion and force, Helen Mirren is the heart and soul of the film.

The Guardian review (in Film )

Another buddy flick filled with so many cliched scenarios.

Black Gold review (in Film )

A perplexing exposef documentary directed by Nick and Marc Francis

All The King's Men review (in Film )

This pretentious, meandering rehash devotes more attention to recreating the ambiance of a bygone era than to addressing, in a meaningful manner, the myriad moral questions it raises.

Jet's Li Fearless review (in Film )

The stunts are nowhere near as spectacular as your typical Bruce Lee high attrition-rate adventure because the special effects are mostly old school instead of state-of-the-art.


The Black Dahlia review (in Film )

In seeing this film, youfll end up going to Blockbusters afterwards to find films of yesteryear when looking for a good film noir.

Hollywoodland review (in Film )

Hollywoodland is worthwhile for the amusement of the escape to that bygone era alone.

Crank review (in Film )

Crank is a similarly-premised, high-octane, edge-of-your-seat, roller coaster ride. For better or worse, the cinematic equivalent of crack.

Crossover(in Film )

With gCrossoverh, you have mistakes made all-around from the action to the writing to the acting.

This is Not Yet Rated (in Film )

This film represents a fascinating breakthrough which leaves the audience wondering whether a screening process with has such a profound effect on American culture ought to be open to public scrutiny.

IDLEWILD(in Film )

Regrettably, in spite of several inspired moments where it exhibits some genuine promise, this desperate attempt to be all things to all people ends up sabotaging any potential project had to make a memorable to the annals of cinema..

INVINCIBLE(in Film )

Anybody older has probably seen this tale told several times before, and more artfully executed.

THE QUIET (in Film )

A stark study in contrasts which effectively highlights the pitfalls, long-term, of living in deep denial. It’s all about female empowerment, if still not exactly a feelgood flick.

Snakes on a Plane(in Film )

New Line has nothing to fear, for "Snakes on a Plane" is a thrill, seeking, action-packed joy ride that have you jumping in your seats.

Step Up (in Film )

Mindless, formulaic fun, perfect escapist fare for the dog days of summer.

World Trade Center (in Film )

A tenderhearted tearjerker, yes, but without once hitting a false note, World Trade Center might be the best movie Oliver Stone ever made.

Half Nelson (in Film )

A half-hearted study in black and white which never dares to take enough risks to make it worth the watch.
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Talladega Nights (in Film )

Talladega Nights is the BEST comedy of this summer! You will laugh your hearts out and then some.

The Descent (in Film )

This is definitely a film worth watching. It's creepy, frightening and will make one definitely afraid of the dark

Miami Vice (in Film )

No chemistry, no cool, no compelling characters, no air of urgency. Just a very average crime caper which fails to entertain the viewer on a gut, cerebral or superficial level.

Scoop (in Film )

So humorous and witty, Woody keeps you guessing right till the end and even then you can’t help but laugh at how everything turns out.

Shadowboxer (in Film )

Shadowboxer‘s Swiss cheese plotline is riddled with too many holes to consider this flick as much more than a snuff film.

Mini's First Time (in Film )

Director Nick Guthe created a chaotic, racing environment where quick thinking and coolness prevail.

Lady In The Water (in Film )

With Lady in The Water, an adaptation of a bedtime story Shyamalan authored for his daughters, Shyamalan has succeeded

Little Man (in Film )

This critic couldn’t find anything about this creepy retread to recommend to my readers.

Time to Leave (in Film )


Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest(in Film )

Despite all the eye-popping distractions, Pirates 2 remains, at heart, a Johnny Depp vehicle, where the ever-prancing pirate can be relied upon to steal every scene in his own inimitable fashion.

The Devil Wears Prada(in Film )

You fall in love with this cast as they embrace, flaunt, and mock the industry they live for, humanizing this highlighted world in the eyes of millions.

Superman Returns(in Film )

Not only is ?Superman Returns? the best of the series, but it serves as a companion to Superman II. Filled with emotion, fantasy and adventure, Singer incorporates the right flavor that will appeal to all ages.

WAIST DEEP (in Film )

What could have been a good urban action thriller has turned into a clichéd film with a weak script.

WASSUP ROCKERS (in Film )

“Wassup Rockers” is an interesting movie and solidly entertaining, but I hope he can move in a different direction and show some range in his themes.

CLICK (in Film )

A touching, and altogether charming notion, this films brings together a charming cast of individuals to relay a message about love, life, family, careers, and the order in which we prioritize them.

wThe Lake House (in Film )

A little drawn out at times, this film might have been a full success if only met with a little tweaking. 

 

wONLY HUMAN (Seres Queridos) (in Film )

Laced with plenty of funny moments, Only Human is a rare, optimistic ray of hope about the prospects of Jewish-Muslim relations.A rare, optimistic ray of hope about the prospects of Jewish-Muslim relations.

 

wLowercity(CIDADE BAIXA) (in Film )

Lower City is as visually-captivating as "City of God", but this flick is actually a more engaging film, given its alternately steamy and sophisticated storyline, combined with the palpable chemistry generated among its three lead characters.
 

w The Heart of the Game (in Film )

The Heart of the Game might best be thought of as a female version Hoop
Dreams.
 

w DISTRICT B13 (in Film )

Unlikely Buddies Blend to Save Ghetto in Futuristic Action Flick from France
 

w X-Men: The Last Stand (in Film )

Every great franchise inevitably takes a step back, but to portray “X-Men: The Last Stand” as anything less than disappointing is mincing words.  It is a shell of its predecessors, a technical exercise that is utterly devoid of substance.
 

w The Da Vinci Code (in Film )

The film is overly faithful to the book, but it is a better than average popcorn film that runs a bit long.
 

w Lemming (in Film )

Suspenseful and surreal, it is perhaps most reminiscent of Swimming Pool, another inscrutable psychological thriller starring Charlotte Rampling

w Poseidon (in Film )

Mixing mirth with more sophisticated moments, Something New ultimately triumphs primarily because of the easy-going screen chemistry generated by Sanaa Lathan and Simon Baker..

w Art School Confidential (in Film )

Art School Confidential is an ingenious satire of the pretentious mindset of the elitist art world from the perspective of a rapidly-disillusioned kid who had no idea what he was getting into.

w MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE: 3 (in Film )

Though the plot is a bit convoluted and Hoffman doesn’t do much as the villain, there’s plenty of action and suspense that will satisfy all those that want to see Cruise in high gear and run like crazy

w Water (in Film )

There are many issues raised here and Mehta explores them to a great degree. Water” is luminous, educational, and compelling.

w La Mujer De Mi Hermano (in Film )

Notwithstanding its directorial weaknesses, the film is appealing enough, albeit in a telenovela sort of way, to leave a lasting impression on American audiences.

w Akeelah and the Bee (in Film )
This touching tale shares a bounty of uplifting messages while taking you on an emotional roller coaster ride guaranteed to leave you wiping away the tears, and on more than one occasion.
 
 
w United 93 (in Film )
Be prepared for an emotional and realistic ride on United 93.
 
w Aeon Flux (in Film )
The film features a mind-bending, sci-fi plotline that is actually more engaging than that of your average futuristic adventure.
 
w Preaching to the Choir (in Film )
Preaching to the Choir features the same Prodigal Son plotline. Yet, this hastily-mounted, sloppily-edited production is so poorly executed that it fails to measure up to the original in terms of quality.
 
 
w Scary Movie 4 (in Film )
Zucker relies on the services of an expanded principal cast plus a boatload of celebrity cameos to keep his clever combination of slapstick, sight gags, and bodily-function humor unfolding at a rapid fire pace.
 
w Sisters in Law (in Film )
Sisters in Law packs a powerful punch by exposing the evils of a patriarchal culture inclined to look the other way whenever men oppress women.
 
w Kinky Boots (in Film )
"Kinky Boots" is a heartwarming tale about the unlikely friendship forged between a black drag queen and the recently-engaged heir to a shoe factory fortune.
 
w ATL (in Film )
"ATL” does Atlanta by proud by taking a predictable story and adding music, humor, and romance in a simple tale of life in the hood. It’s an emotional, moving, and pleasure film for all to enjoy.
w BASIC INSTINCT 2 RISK ADDICTION (in Film )
An exciting start to what is sure to be a twisted, sexy thriller, the film badly disappoints. Sharon Stone’s reprisal of her role as Catherine Tramell is the only positive in this sequel.
w Ice Age 2: The Meltdown (in Film )
This film surpasses the original in every way.  It is much funnier and packed with clever double entendres that’ll whiz over the kids and hit their parents squarely in the funny bone. 
w Inside Man (in Film )
Inside Man” is his most commercial film to date and it’s his best film since “25th Hour”. Everything from the writing, the acting, the cinematography and the music works.
w Lonesome Jim (in Film )
Steve Buscemi steps behind the camera to direct a movie filled with folks every bit as quirky as the ones he’s personally portrayed onscreen.
w Thank You for Not Smoking (in Film )
"Thank You for Smoking" is savagely satirical.  It is a thinking man’s comedy that is intelligent enough to look at all sides and make fun of everyone equally.
w V FOR VENDETTA (in Film )
It is flawed, but respects the source material enough to pacify the die-hard fans.
w Failure to Launch (in Film )
Provided you’re able to swallow this picture’s silly premise, you’re likely to enjoy the assorted screwball antics up on the screen.
w Dave Chappelle's Block Party (in Film )
Dave Chappelle‘s Block Party’s strength lies in its inspired musical performances by a host of hip-hop artists who are not at all shy about sharing their sharp-edged political perspective
w Madea's Family Reunion (in Film )
The sassy senior citizen has toned-down her act to offset her trademark intensity with equal measures of inspirational advice.
 
w Running Scared (in Film )
Writer/director Wayne Kramer (The Cooler) delivers an uncompromising film that will surely stun audiences with its extremes.
w The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (in Film )
The film's breathtaking tableaus, colorful characters, and moving message about redemption end up overshadowed by its wanton insanity one might normally associate with a sadistic snuff film.
Freedomland (in Film )
Torremolinos '73 DVD (in Film )
The Pink Panther (in Film )
Something New (in Film )
The Legend of Zorro DVD (in Film )
The New World (in Film )
Fair Game (in Film )
Matchpoint (in Film )
Glory Road (in Film )
King Kong (in Film )
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (in Film )
Brokeback Mountain (in Film )
Rent (in Film )
Just Happy to be Here (in Film )
Harry Potter And The Goblet of Fire (in Film )
Jarhead (in Film )
Doom (in Film )
North Country (in Film )
Good Night and Good Luck (in Film )
The Gospel (in Film )
Serenity (in Film )
Two for the Money (in Film )
Into the Blue (in Film )
Oliver Twist (in Film )
Roll Bounce (in Film )
Flightplan (in Film )
The Constant Gardener Review (in Film )
The Man Review (in Film )
Carlito's Way: Rise To Power Review (in Film )
The Baxter Review (in Film )
The Memory of a Killer Review (in Film )
The 40 Year-Old Virgin Review (in Film )
Red Eye Review (in Film )
Four Brothers Review (in Film )
The Skeleton Key Review (in Film )
The Great Raid Review (in Film )
Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo Review (in Film )
Stealth Review (in Film )
Hustle & Flow Review (in Film )
Happy Endings Review (in Film )
Charlie & the Chocolate Factory Review (in Film )
The Fantastic Four Review (in Film )
Cronicas Review (in Film )
Miss Congeniality 2 DVD Review (in Film )
War of the Worlds Review (in Film )
Batman Begins Review (in Film )
Casino DVD Review (in Film )
Brother to Brother DVD Review (in Film )
Mr. and Mrs. Smith Review (in Film )
The Honeymooners Review (in Film )
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Review (in Film )
Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith Review (in Film )
XXX: State of the Union Review (in Film )
Kingdom of Heaven Review (in Film )
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Review (in Film )
The Year of the Yao Review (in Film )
Beauty Shop Review (in Film )
Guess Who Review (in Film )
Miss Congeniality 2 Review (in Film )
Hostage Review (in Film )
The Pacifier Review (in Film )
The Exorcist DVD Review (in Film )
Diary of a Mad Black Woman Review (in Film )
Hitch Review (in Film )
Constantine Review (in Film )
The Wedding Date Review (in Film )
Are We There Yet? Review (in Film )
Ray DVD Review (in Film )
Alone in the Dark Review (in Film )
The Donnie McClurkin Story DVD Review (in Film )
Mary J. Blige LA Concert DVD review (in Film )
Coach Carter (in Film )
Elektra (in Film )

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DVD Releases
Little Man DVD (in Film )

More than enough venereal, homophobic, fart, feces, urination, and swift kick to the crotch sequences to satisfy the lowest common denominator crowd.

Mission: Impossible III DVD (in Film )

A thrill-a-minute, eye-popping, globetrotting adventure.

The Robin Harris Story DVD (in Film )

Besides accolades from his contemporaries, the DVD features a variety of revealing reminiscences by friends and relatives who felt blessed by his presence.

The Breakup DVD (in Film )

Delectable in its vindictiveness, offset by a sophisticated brand of humor likely to keep you in stitches from start to finish.

Waist Deep DVD review (in Film )

A big payday is the only explanation I can think of for his foisting such an absurd, insult to the intelligence on the unsuspecting public.

Click DVD review (in Film )

Another Adam Sandler vehicle where he plays that familiar infantile character with an excuse to behave like a moron.

Art School Confidential DVD review (in Film )

Art School Confidential is an ingenious spoof shot from the perspective of a rapidly-disillusioned kid plunged to the depths of despair.

A Prairie Home Companion DVD review (in Film )

Highly-recommended for loyal devotees inclined to approach A Prairie Home Companion as a cinematic capstone on Keillor's magnificent career.

Kinky Boots DVD review (in Film )

The reason this movie is so highly recommended is because of the radiant performance of Chiwetel Ejiofor whofs at his very best, here, looking every bit as if he were born to play drag queen.

Black. White. DVD review (in Film )

A riveting reality series which originally aired on the FX Network this past Spring.

Scary Movie 4 DVD Review (in Film )

With the storyline irrelevant, Scary Movie 4 is an experience best savored just for the laughs without trying to make sense of anything.

CSA: The Confederate States of America DVD review DVD Review (in Film )

Infinitely creative, CSA offers an alternately sobering and humorous look at America’s lingering legacy of racism.

wSyriana DVD (in Film )

Politically-paranoid, if well-intentioned, this disjointed message movie doesn’t really do much more than indict the usual suspects.

 

w Dave Chappelle's Block Party DVD (in Film )

This concert flick’s strength lies in its inspired musical performances by a host of hip-hop artists who are not at all shy about sharing their sharp-edged political perspective.
 

w Firewall DVD (in Film )

Another edge-of-your-seat, roller coaster ride from a matinee idol everybody loves to root for.
 

w Why We Fight DVD (in Film )

This damning documentary interweaves file footage with running commentaries by a “Who’s Who” list of both liberal and conservative luminaries like Senator John McCain, Gore Vidal, Richard Perle and Bill Kristol.
 

V for Vendetta DVD (in Film )

This is an adventure where preachy dialogue, social statements and character development have been exalted at the expense of balls-out action and technical wizardry.

w Date Movie DVD (in Film )

More shocking than hilarious, but Date Movie offers just enough funny moments to earn this critic’s seal of approval.

w Something New DVD (in Film )

Mixing mirth with more sophisticated moments, Something New ultimately triumphs primarily because of the easy-going screen chemistry generated by Sanaa Lathan and Simon Baker..

w Derailed DVD (in Film )
An amoral thriller strictly for those ready to see adultery as a cause celebre.
w Dreamer DVD (in Film )
Despite the transparent trajectory and unabashed sentimentality of a formulaic plotline, Dreamer is still a delight likely to enthrall young and old alike.
w Big Momma's House 2 DVD (in Film )

Expect to sit stoned-faced throughout the duration of this humorless
adventure. No logic, no laughs, just a textbook “take-the-money-and-run” sequel.

w The Producers DVD (in Film )

Lane and Broderick exhibit perfect timing acting, dancing and singing
together from start to finish..

w African American Lives DVD (in Film )

Alternatively emotional and informative, an overdue return-to-roots saga
made possible through an unprecedented combination of DNA, genealogy and
oral tradition.

w ON THE OUTS DVD (in Film )

Shot documentary style against graphic urban backdrops in gritty environs, the movie is nothing if not convincing in delivering a gripping authentic air.

w Munich DVD (in Film )

Riveting Spielberg Espionage Thriller Out on DVD

w Irish Jam DVD (in Film )
This transparent romantic comedy unfolds fairly predictably, relying on lots of simplistically-drawn stereotypes at every turn, such as its portrayal of the Irish as hot-headed drunkards and blacks as superficial simpletons.
 
w Ellie Parker DVD (in Film )
The only flaw of this flick, which is admittedly amusing in spots, lies in its aforementioned poor quality cinematography which intermittently interferes with one’s ability to concentrate on an otherwise engaging story.
 
w Adventures of Brer Rabbit DVD (in Film )
A politically-correct adventure about a mischievous hare which can be safely shared with the kids, and ought to be enjoyed by young and old alike.
w The Untold Story of Emmitt Till DVD review (in Film )
A touching but overdue expose’ of lynching as a shameful stain on the country’s legacy.
 
Indie

Latest Additions:
 
w Clean (in Film )
A worthwhile examination of the crash landing of a delusional junkie with an attitude who’s been behaving like a spoiled-rotten diva.
 
w Phat Girlz (in Film )
Phat Girlz fails to do a decent job of convincing the audience of its basic premise that being morbidly obese is a condition which deserves to be celebrated.
w 95 Miles To Go (in Film )
What makes 95 Miles to Go so appealing is how Ray Romano so effortlessly conveys the sense that he’s the same approachable guy offstage that you see on TV and onstage.
w Take My Eyes (in Film )
Alternately suspenseful, steamy and shocking, Take My Eyes is an absorbing psychological thriller, ala Hitchcock, which thoroughly entertains while simultaneously
delivering its subtle feminist message.
w Don't Trip.... (in Film )
Comedian Steve Harvey Keeps It Clean in Family-Oriented Concert Flick
The Tenants (in Film )
The stripped-down production looks more like a play than a movie, but all the actors do a decent job with a script which turns increasingly preposterous at every turn. Yet, because it held my interest from start to finish.
w American Gun (in Film )
American Gun is far less gory than one might expect, given its subject-matter. It's a moving morality play indicting this nation for its ongoing love affair with the Second Amendment.
CSA: The Confederate States of America (in Film )
Read the review
w Tsotsi (in Film )
Gavin Hood does an excellent job encompassing a variety of themes in this film. 
w Transamerica (in Film )
Duncan Taylor’s first feature film is a refreshingly serious film which explores the complexities of a condition that is often misunderstood and ignored by mainstream society.
How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (And Enjoy It) (in Film )
How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (And Enjoy It) review
On the Outs (in Film )
Shot documentary style against graphic urban backdrops in gritty environs, the movie is nothing if not convincing in delivering a gripping authentic air.

Manderlay (in Film )
Relying on a daring script as executed by A-list actors, it offers a potentially transformational experience for any inclined to contemplate an introspective, gut-wrenching meditation on the intractability of the legacy of slavery.

Racing Against The Clock Review (in Film )
A heartwarming documentary of women empowerment.
Mad Hot Ballroom Review (in Film )
MHB is a film about adolescence against the backdrop of ballroom dancing. It’s a heartwarming film, where there are no losers but winners across the board.

Crash Review (in Film )
Although some the stories in the film seem contrived, the actors portraying the roles are not only convincing but perhaps give their best performance to date.

Imaginary Heroes Review (in Film )
Downfall Review (in Film )
 
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