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August 2006
Talladega Nights Takes the Lowbrow Course

Ultimately kind to its simpleminded characters, and all demographics represented. Unfortunately, the movie has decided that you can’t be funny without also being over-the-top vulgar. Too bad, since Talladega could have been one of 2006’s funniest.

July 2006
Crud Outweighs Character in "The Ant Bully"

There is something mechanical about "The Ant Bully," and the writers seem to rely heavily on scatological humor to juice up their formulaic script. My eleven-year-old son insists that “Kids love that stuff, Mom." But anyone over eleven might wish they had held out for “Barnyard,” which opens in theaters next week.

 
Miami Vice Brings Nothing New to the Cop Movie Genre

There is no lack of "spoof-worthy" material in television's Miami Vice. The show's '80s outfits and décor are generally remembered by most with a chuckle. Yet director Michael Mann, who was involved in the creation of the original, has taken his new film in exactly the opposite direction.

 
Lady in the Water Not a Typical Shyamalan Splash

Although not quite on par with some of M. Night Shyamalan's earlier work, Lady in the Water is the only one of this director's films that might be appropriate for older children. Not a rigorous workout, it's a nice dip during the arid summer moviegoing season.

 
Scoop Sags Under Weight of Allen's Self-Serving Script

It’s somewhat surprising to discover that Allen has followed the triumph of "Match Point" with yet another light, dialogue-heavy comedy that runs out of gas long before it reaches the finish line. It’s essentially two people talking, then three people talking — but it’s only fitfully amusing.

 
 
Not Even Owen Wilson Can Save "Dupree" From Being a Dud

You, Me and Dupree

 
Pirates 2 - Dead Man's Chest Contains a Few Jewels

Open up Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, and what do you find? A few pearls of laughter and some gem performances amid the rot of a second film in a planned trilogy that goes on much too long, then makes no effort to provide a satisfying ending.

 
Obsession with Meaningless Satirized in The Devil Wears Prada

The Devil Wears Prada gives the 99 percent of us regular folks a humorous, insightful, satirical glimpse into the world of those obsessed by and enslaved to the colossal business of high fashion.

June 2006
Superman Returns Stays Earthbound

Superman Returns is the answer to many Christians' prayers — a major studio franchise, reinvented and re-imagined to appeal to Christian audiences. So it's worth asking: I s this it? Is this what we've wanted, what we've hoped for?

June 2006
 
Click Desperately Needs an "Off" Button

Click is a comedy about a universal remote control purchased at Bed, Bath & Beyond. Isn't that hilarious? That tells you all you need to know about this abysmal excuse for a film, but if you need more information, read on.

 
Stretchy Pants Save the Day In Very Funny Nacho Libre

Who knew that a friar, moonlighting as a wrestler in unflattering stretchy pants and a homemade cape, could help save a mostly unfunny summer at the movies?

 
Leaden Lake House Lacks Charm, Central Plot

The trouble with The Lake House isn't the lack of an intriguing premise, a talented cast or picturesque scenery. It's the fact that the story plods along at a painfully slow pace, without even a hint of that romantic spark we’re supposed to be all excited about between the lead characters.

 
 
 
The Break-Up Clocks in at 100 Minutes Too Long

If it wasn't for the few minutes here and there of comedic chemistry of Swingers co-stars Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau or a hilarious impromptu rendition of Yes' "Owner of a Lonely Heart," The Break-Up wouldn’t have been funny at all.

 
"Last" X-Men Stands Strong

May 2006
 
Colorful Characters Give Over the Hedge Comic Warmth

Once in a while a good “family movie” arrives on the scene providing clean family entertainment for kids without torturing the adults. With its fun characters, Over the Hedge fits this bill, even though measured against Pixar soon-to-be classics like The Incredibles and Finding Nemo, comes up wanting.

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