Movie Releases by User Score

Pan's Labyrinth 1.

Pan's Labyrinth

December 29, 2006 | R
Following a bloody civil war, young Ofelia enters a world of unimaginable cruelty when she moves in with her new stepfather, a tyrannical military officer. Armed with only her imagination, Ofelia discovers a mysterious labyrinth and meets a faun who sets her on a path to saving herself and her ailing mother. But soon, the lines between fantasy and reality begin to blur, and before Ofelia can turn back, she finds herself at the center of a ferocious battle between good and evil. [Warner Bros.]
Metascore:
98
User Score:
8.6
The Queen 2.

The Queen

September 30, 2006 | PG-13
The Queen takes audiences behind the scenes of one of the most shocking public events of recent times -- providing an illuminating, deeply affecting and dramatic glimpse into what happens in the corridors of power when a tragedy strikes. (Miramax)
Metascore:
91
User Score:
6.7
United 93 3.

United 93

April 28, 2006 | R
Acclaimed filmmaker Paul Greengrass writes and directs an unflinching drama that tells the story of the passengers and crew, their families on the ground and the flight controllers who watched in dawning horror as United Flight 93 became the fourth hijacked plane on the day of the worst terrorist attacks on American soil: September 11, 2001. (Universal Pictures)
Metascore:
90
User Score:
7.5
The Lives of Others 4.

The Lives of Others

December 1, 2006 | R
At once a political thriller and human drama, The Lives of Others begins in East Berlin in 1984, five years before Glasnost and the fall of the Berlin Wall and ultimately takes us to 1991, in what is now the reunited Germany. The film traces the gradual disillusionment of Captain Gerd Wiesler, a highly skilled officer who works for the Stasi, East Germany's all-powerful secret police. (Sony Pictures Classics)
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.7
When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts 5.

When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts

August 21, 2006 | TV-MA
An examination of the U.S. government's response to Hurricane Katrina.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
tbd
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan 6.

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

November 3, 2006 | R
The movie film is a government assigned project to broaden and enlight people and glory of nation. Cultural learning is emportant to follow on global basis. We make our nation a better and more convenient place for house and living. Kazakhs are progressive and asstonishing people that with conclusion of project will have new optimistic approach in daily life in world of same people. Our film will bring the US & A closer to us. We help with needs of kazakh knowledge and Us&a culture is positive step for future of our glorious nation. (20th Century Fox)
Metascore:
89
User Score:
7.4
Letters from Iwo Jima 7.

Letters from Iwo Jima

December 20, 2006 | R
In this companion piece to "Flags of Our Fathers," Clint Eastwood presents the untold story of the Japanese soldiers and their general who 61 years ago defended against the invading American forces on the island of Iwo Jima. (Warner Bros.)
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.2
The Fallen Idol (re-release) 8.

The Fallen Idol (re-release)

February 10, 2006
Adapted from Graham Greene's story "The Basement Room" this 1948 film is told from the perspective of a child.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
6.8
L'Enfant (The Child) 9.

L'Enfant (The Child)

March 24, 2006 | R
Dispossessed twenty-year old Bruno lives with his eighteen-year-old girlfriend Sonia in Seraing, an eastern Belgian steel town. They live off Sonia's unemployment benefits and the panhandling and petty theft committed by Bruno and his gang. Their lives change forever when Sonia gives birth to their child, Jimmy. [Sony Pictures Classics]
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.6
Fateless 10.

Fateless

January 6, 2006 | R
Fateless is based on the moving and disturbing novel by 2002 Nobel Prize winner Imre Kertész about a Hungarian Jewish boy's experiences in German concentration camps and his attempts to reconcile himself to those experiences after the war. (ThinkFilm)
Metascore:
87
User Score:
7.6
Deliver Us from Evil 11.

Deliver Us from Evil

October 13, 2006 | Not Rated
This controversial documentary is the story of Father Oliver O'Grady, the most notorious pedophile in the history of the modern Catholic Church.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
7.9
Our Daily Bread 12.

Our Daily Bread

November 24, 2006
This documentary aims to show the industrial production of food as a reflection of our society's values: plenty of everything, made as quickly and as efficiently as modern technology permits. (First Run/Icarus)
Metascore:
86
User Score:
7.8
The Death of Mr. Lazarescu 13.

The Death of Mr. Lazarescu

April 26, 2006 | R
Anyone who has waited for treatment in an emergency room or chafed under the less than devoted care of a disinterested doctor will recognize Mr. Lazarescu's dilemma. A 60-ish widower, living alone in Bucharest with his cats, he feels sick enough one evening to call an ambulance. This is the beginning of his Dantesque odyssey deep into the bowels of a big city medical establishment. It's a story that could take place anywhere and Mr. Lazarescu could be your next-door neighbor – or he could be you. [Tartan Films]
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.1
Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film 14.

Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film

September 1, 2006
Ric Burns's 4-hour, epic Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film, is a portrait of one of the 20th century's most influential, controversial, and paradoxically mystifying artists. (FilmForum)
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.3
The Departed 15.

The Departed

October 6, 2006 | R
This gritty crime drama from director Martin Scorsese takes us into the lives of two cops: Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon), smart and unabashedly ambitious, appears to be on the fast track in the Massachusetts State Police Department's elite Special Investigations Unit, whose prime target is powerful Irish mob boss Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson). Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio), street-smart and tough, is purported to have a violent temper that costs him his badge and eventually lands him back on the rough streets of South Boston, where he is recruited into Costello's ranks. But neither man is what he seems and, as they work at cross purposes, they are plunged into a dangerous game of cat and mouse in which the stakes could not be higher. [Warner Bros.]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
7.0
Half Nelson 16.

Half Nelson

August 11, 2006 | R
Dan, an idealistic inner-city junior high school teacher with a drug habit, and Drey, one of his troubled students, stumble into an unexpected friendship that threatens either to undo them or to provide the vital change they both need to move forward in their lives. [ThinkFilm]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
7.8
Street Fight 17.

Street Fight

February 22, 2006
This documentary chronicles the bare-knuckles race for Mayor of Newark, N.J. between Cory Booker, a 32-year-old Rhodes Scholar/Yale Law School grad, and Sharpe James, the four-term incumbent and undisputed champion of New Jersey politics. (Marshall Curry Productions)
Metascore:
85
User Score:
6.9
Neil Young: Heart of Gold 18.

Neil Young: Heart of Gold

February 10, 2006 | PG
Neil Young: Heart of Gold is filmmaker Jonathan Demme's intimate musical portrait of legendary singer/songwriter Neil Young, filmed on the occasion of the world premiere of Young's "Prairie Wind" concert at Nashville's hallowed Ryman Auditorium. (Paramount Classics)
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.5
Children of Men 19.

Children of Men

December 25, 2006 | R
Children of Men envisages a world one generation from now that has fallen into anarchy on the heels of an infertility defect in the population. The world's youngest citizen has just died at 18, and humankind is facing the likelihood of its own extinction. Set against the backdrop of London torn apart by violence and nationalistic sects, the film follows disillusioned bureaucrat Theo (Owen) as he becomes an unlikely champion of Earth's survival. (Universal Pictures)
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.5
49 Up 20.

49 Up

October 6, 2006
49 UP is the seventh film in a series of landmark documentaries that began 42 years ago when UK-based Granada's World in Action team, inspired by the Jesuit maxim "Give me the child until he is seven and I will give you the man," interviewed a diverse group of seven-year-old children from all over England, asking them about their lives and their dreams for the future. Michael Apted, a researcher for the original film, has returned to interview the "children" every seven years since, at ages 14, 21, 28, 35, 42 and now again at age 49. (First Run Features)
Metascore:
84
User Score:
6.4
Old Joy 21.

Old Joy

September 20, 2006
Old Joy is the story of two old friends, Kurt (Oldham) and Mark (London), who reunite for a weekend camping trip in the Cascade mountain range east of Portland, Oregon. (Kino International)
Metascore:
84
User Score:
6.1
Volver 22.

Volver

November 3, 2006 | R
Three generations of women survive the east wind, fire, insanity, superstition and even death by means of goodness, lies and boundless vitality. (Sony Pictures Classics)
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.4
Lassie 23.

Lassie

September 1, 2006 | PG
The film is set on the eve of World War II in a Yorkshire mining town. After falling on hard times, the Carraclough family is forced to sell Lassie, their beloved dog, to the Duke of Rudling. When she succeeds in escaping her cage, Lassie finds herself transported five hundred miles away to the Duke's remote castle on the northern coast of Scotland. However, she is determined to defy the odds and return to the home she loves. So begins an incredible adventure, set against a stunning series of landscapes, that sees Lassie facing dangers both natural and human finding help in unexpected places as she make her way across the country, to reach home in time for Christmas. (Samuel Goldwyn Films)
Metascore:
84
User Score:
7.1
Dave Chappelle's Block Party 24.

Dave Chappelle's Block Party

March 3, 2006 | R
A genuine crowd-pleaser, Dave Chappelle's Block Party spotlights comedy superstar Dave Chappelle as he presents a Brooklyn neighborhood with its very own once-in-a-lifetime free block party. (Rogue Pictures)
Metascore:
84
User Score:
7.5
Iraq in Fragments 25.

Iraq in Fragments

November 10, 2006
Iraq in Fragments illuminates post-war Iraq in three acts, building a vivid picture of a country pulled in different directions by religion and ethnicity. Filmed in verité style, with no scripted narration, the film power fully explores the lives of ordinary Iraqis: people whose thoughts, beliefs, aspirations, and concerns are at once personal and illustrative of larger issues in Iraq today. (Typecast Pictures)
Metascore:
84
User Score:
6.7
Mutual Appreciation 26.

Mutual Appreciation

September 1, 2006 | Unrated
Alan (Rice), a musician whose band has just broken up, shows up in New York to pursue his burgeoning rock and roll career. He starts by searching for a drummer for a show he’s already lined up, and otherwise goes about the mechanics of self-promotion. He finds a champion in Sara (Lee), a radio DJ who sets her sights on a submissive but uninterested Alan -- and finds him a drummer. In his down time, Alan drinks and strategizes with his old friend Lawrence (Bujalski), a grad student, and Lawrence’s girlfriend Ellie (Clift), a journalist. Alan endeavors to keep his shoulder to the wheel, while Ellie finds herself compelled by him. The attraction is mutual, but both parties are reluctant to take a next step. (Goodbye Cruel Releasing)
Metascore:
84
User Score:
6.1
Venus 27.

Venus

December 21, 2006 | R
An aging English actor finds his life changed by the arrival of a friend's precocious grandniece.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.1
Days of Glory 28.

Days of Glory

December 6, 2006 | R
1943. The young North Africans had never stepped foot on French soil but because France was at war, Said, Abdelkader, Messaoud and Yassir enlisted in the French Army, along with 130,000 other "indigenous soldiers," to liberate the "fatherland" from the Nazi enemy. These heroes that history forgot won battles in Italy, Provence and the Vosges before finding themselves alone to defend an Alsatian village against a German battalion. (The Weinstein Company)
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.3
Requiem 29.

Requiem

October 20, 2006 | TV-MA
Inspired by the same events that were previously dramatized in "The Exorcism of Emily Rose," this film portrays a first-year university student whose bout with epilepsy leads to a tragic exorcism.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.9
Black Orpheus 30.

Black Orpheus

February 24, 2006 | PG
1960 Academy Award Winner and winner of the Palme d'Or at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival, Marcel Camus's Black Orpheus retells the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice against the madness of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. With its magnificent color photography and lively soundtrack, this film brought the infectious bossa nova beat to the United States. (Criterion Collection)
Metascore:
81
User Score:
7.8
The Devil's Miner 31.

The Devil's Miner

March 17, 2006
The Devil's Miner is the story of 14 year-old Basilio Vargas and his 12 year-old brother Bernardino, as they work in the Bolivian silver mines of Cerro Rico, which date back to the sixteenth century. Through the children's eyes, we encounter the world of devout Catholic miners who sever their ties with God upon entering the mountain. It is an ancient belief that the devil, as represented by hundreds of statues constructed in the tunnels, determines that fate of all who work within the mines. (First Run Features)
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.2
Three Times 32.

Three Times

April 26, 2006
Hou Hsiao-hsien delivers one of the most rapturously beautiful and romantic movies of the year. Told as three love stories, each set in a different era -- a 1966 pool hall, a 1911 brothel and present day Taipei. The film stars the same actors in all three sections -- Shu Qi and Chang Chen. (IFC Films)
Metascore:
80
User Score:
6.4
Casino Royale 33.

Casino Royale

November 17, 2006 | PG-13
After earning his license to kill, James Bond's first 007 mission takes him to Madagascar where he is to spy on a terrorist. Not everything goes as planned and Bond decides to investigate, independently of MI6. Following a lead to the Bahamas, he encounters Alex Dimitrios (Simon Abkarian) and his girlfriend, Solange (Caterina Murino). He learns that Dimitrios is involved with Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen), banker to the world's terrorist organizations. Intelligence reveals that Le Chiffre is planning to raise money in a high-stakes poker game in Montenegro at Le Casino Royale. MI6 assigns 007 to play against him, knowing that if Le Chiffre loses, it will destroy his organization, but Bond falls in love with Vesper Lynd (Eva Green), the treasury employee assigned to provide the money he needs to bankrupt Le Chiffre.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.5
Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story 34.

Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story

January 27, 2006 | R
A zesty celebration of storytelling and the life that spills out of it, this film tells two stories: that of an 18th Century Englishman Tristram Shandy (Coogan), and that of the hapless 21st Century filmmakers who are adapting the notoriously unfilmable work "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman," with "Steve Coogan" (COogan) in the title role. (Picturehouse)
Metascore:
80
User Score:
6.0
Little Miss Sunshine 35.

Little Miss Sunshine

July 26, 2006 | R
Little Miss Sunshine is an American family road comedy that shatters the mold. Brazenly satirical and yet deeply human, the film introduces audiences to one of the most endearingly fractured families in recent cinema history: the Hoovers, whose trip to a pre-pubescent beauty pageant results not only in comic mayhem but in death, transformation and a moving look at the surprising rewards of being losers in a winning-crazed culture. (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.5
Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple 36.

Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple

October 20, 2006
This documentary tells the story of the people who followed Jim Jones from Indiana, to California, and finally to the remote jungles of Guyana, South America, in a misbegotten quest to build an ideal society. (Seventh Art Releasing)
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.9
Gabrielle 37.

Gabrielle

July 14, 2006
Patrice Chéreau directs this stunning adaptation of the short story "The Return" by Joseph Conrad. Recreating turn-of-the-century France with superb attention to detail, Chéreau casts an unrelenting gaze on the marital breakdown that overwhelms a middle-aged bourgeois couple, played with chilling precision by Isabelle Huppert and Pascal Greggory. (IFC First Take)
Metascore:
79
User Score:
5.2
Flags of Our Fathers 38.

Flags of Our Fathers

October 20, 2006 | R
Based on the bestselling book, this film chronicles the battle of Iwo Jima and the fates of the flag raisers and some of their brothers in Easy Company. (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.0
So Much So Fast 39.

So Much So Fast

October 11, 2006
A black-humored cliffhanger of romance, guerrilla science and the redefinition of time, So Much So Fast unfolds like a nonfiction novel. Stephen Heywood finds out he has ALS. His brother Jamie becomes obsessed with finding a cure. And the woman who's falling in love with Stephen has a decision to make. (Balcony Releasing)
Metascore:
79
User Score:
tbd
Chats perchés 40.

Chats perchés

December 20, 2006
In his newest film, French documentarian and cinema-essayist Chris Marker reflects on French and international politics, art and culture at the start of the new millennium. In November 2001, the filmmaker became intrigued, as did many other Parisians, by the sudden appearance of alluring portraits of grinning yellow cats on buildings, Metro walls and other public surfaces. Marker's cinematic efforts to document the mysterious materializations of this charming feline throughout Paris are a recurring theme of The Case of the Grinning Cat. (First Run/Icarus Films)
Metascore:
79
User Score:
tbd
Deep Sea 41.

Deep Sea

March 3, 2006 | G
Deep Sea 3D, the new immersive, underwater adventure from IMAX, transports audiences deep below the ocean surface in multiple locations around the waters of the globe and gives them never-before-seen, up-close encounters with a wide range of undersea life. (IMAX)
Metascore:
78
User Score:
6.0
The Real Dirt on Farmer John 42.

The Real Dirt on Farmer John

January 20, 2006
The epic tale of a maverick Midwestern farmer. An outcast in his community, Farmer John transforms his world amidst a failing economy,vicious rumors, and violence. By melding the traditions of family farming with the power of art and free expression,this quintessentially American story heralds a resurrection of farming in America. (Slow Hand Releasing)
Metascore:
78
User Score:
7.9
The Aura 43.

The Aura

November 17, 2006 | Unrated
On his first ever hunting trip, in the calm of the Patagonian forest, a shy, epileptic taxidermist who secretly dreams of executing the perfect robbery stumbles upon an opportunity to make his dreams come true. (IFC First Take Films)
Metascore:
78
User Score:
8.0
Pusher II: With Blood On My Hands 44.

Pusher II: With Blood On My Hands

August 18, 2006 | Not Rated
Pusher II tells the story of Tonny, a crook from the Copenhagen underworld whose previous run-in with a baseball bat has left his mind addled and unreliable. Having just been released from prison, Tonny tries to bring order to his life and gain the respect of his father, the Duke, a notorious gangster who appears to have nothing but contempt for his son. Tonny soon learns that nothing in this new life comes easy. Trying to repay a debt held over from prison, he makes misstep after misstep, running further afoul of the Duke. On top of it all, Tonny must contribute to the upbringing of a baby boy which may or may not be his own. Battling the scorn of all around him as well as his own drug-fueled delirium, Tonny must forge a path toward some form of redemption, or perish in the attempt. [Magnolia Pictures]
Metascore:
78
User Score:
7.9
Happy Feet 45.

Happy Feet

November 17, 2006 | PG
A tone-deaf, tap dancing penguin proves that by being true to yourself, you can make all the difference in the world. (Warner Bros.)
Metascore:
77
User Score:
6.2
51 Birch Street 46.

51 Birch Street

October 18, 2006 | Unrated
Both unexpectedly funny and heartbreaking, 51 Birch Street is the first-person account of Block’s unpredictable journey through a whirlwind of dramatic life-changing events: the death of his mother, the uncovering of decades of family secrets, and the ensuing reconciliation with his father. What begins as his own intimate, autobiographical story soon evolves into a broader meditation on the universal themes of love, marriage, fidelity and the mystery of family. (Copacetic Pictures)
Metascore:
77
User Score:
7.7
Shut Up & Sing 47.

Shut Up & Sing

October 27, 2006 | R
At a time when the United States is fighting for democracy and freedom in another country, this documentary raises questions about our own right to freedom of speech and the negative consequences it sometimes has. (The Weinstein Company)
Metascore:
77
User Score:
7.8
The Devil and Daniel Johnston 48.

The Devil and Daniel Johnston

March 31, 2006 | PG-13
The Devil and Daniel Johnston is a stunning portrait of a musical and artistic genius who nearly slipped away. Daniel Johnston, a manic-depressive genius singer/songwriter/artist, is revealed in this portrait of madness, creativity and love. (Sony Pictures Classics)
Metascore:
77
User Score:
7.9
Mountain Patrol 49.

Mountain Patrol

April 14, 2006 | Not Rated
Mountain Patrol: Kekexili is a film inspired by a people's remarkable mission surrounding the illegal Tibetan antelope poaching in the region of Kekexili, the largest animal reserve in China. The story is brought to the screen with great detail by director Lu Chuan. Set against the exquisite backdrop of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, Chuan tells the tale of brave local Tibetans who face death and starvation to save the endangered antelope herds from a band of ruthless hunters. (National Geographic World Films)
Metascore:
77
User Score:
7.8
The War Tapes 50.

The War Tapes

June 2, 2006
In March 2004, just as the insurgent movement strengthened, several members of one National Guard unit arrived in Iraq, carrying digital video cameras. The War Tapes is the movie they made with Director Deborah Scranton and a team of award-winning filmmakers. It's the first war movie filmed by soldiers themselves on the front lines in Iraq. (SenArt Films)
Metascore:
77
User Score:
7.7
Little Fish 51.

Little Fish

February 24, 2006 | R
How do you learn to love again when the pain of the past won't let you go? When you're 32 with a troubled history and a doubtful future, it’s a question that isn't so easy to answer. And for Tracy Heart (Blanchett), it's a question she can no longer ignore. (First Look Features)
Metascore:
77
User Score:
7.2
Water 52.

Water

April 28, 2006 | PG-13
Set in 1938 Colonial India, against Mahatma Gandhi's rise to power, Water begins when 8-year-old Chuyia is widowed and sent to a home where Hindu widows must live in penitence. (Fox Searchlight)
Metascore:
77
User Score:
7.0
Inside Man 53.

Inside Man

March 24, 2006 | R
The perfect bank robbery quickly spirals into an unstable and deadly game of cat-and-mouse between a criminal mastermind (Clive Owen), a determined detective (Denzel Washington), and a power broker with a hidden agenda (Jodie Foster). As the minutes tick by and the situation becomes increasingly tense, one wrong move could mean disaster for any one of them.
Metascore:
76
User Score:
7.3
Dreamgirls 54.

Dreamgirls

December 15, 2006 | PG-13
Twenty-five years after bringing Broadway audiences to their feet, the Tony Award-winning musical sensation Dreamgirls comes to the big screen. Set in the turbulent early 1960s to mid-70s, Dreamgirls follows the rise of a trio of women (Hudson, Knowles and Rose) who have formed a promising girl group called The Dreamettes. (Paramount Pictures)
Metascore:
76
User Score:
7.3
The Ritchie Boys 55.

The Ritchie Boys

October 13, 2006
Christian Bauer's film "The Ritchie Boys" tells a story that's never been told before. It begins in Camp Ritchie, Maryland, the birthplace of modern psychological warfare, and it ends with the defeat of Germany in May of 1945. After D-Day the Ritchie Boys became a decisive force in the war. Nobody knew the enemy, his culture and his language better than they. Their mission: ascertain and break the enemy's morale. (Tangram)
Metascore:
76
User Score:
4.5
The Hidden Blade 56.

The Hidden Blade

June 23, 2006 | R
Munezo Katagiri (Nagase), an honest and low ranking samurai is trapped in a state of personal and professional imbalance. Secretly in love with his family’s maid, Kie (Tabata), Munezo begins an uneasy courtship with her, knowing that a relationship is impossible. Raised to respect traditions from the past and the demanding moral code of the samurai, circumstances have now forced Munezo to look to the future. Required to master western military strategies, particularly the art of artillery, Munezo is ordered to find and kill Yaichiro, a former friend, samurai, and brilliant swordsman. Munezo knows that he cannot beat Yaichiro with fire power alone, so he enlists the help of his old teacher, Kansai Toda, a master swordsman who entrusts Munezo with the secret and power of The Hidden Blade. (Tartan Films)
Metascore:
76
User Score:
7.1
Sophie Scholl: The Final Days 57.

Sophie Scholl: The Final Days

February 17, 2006
The true story of Germany's most famous anti-Nazi heroine is brought to thrilling life in Germany's official Foreign Language Film selection for the 2005 Academy Awards. Sophie Scholl stars Julia Jentsch in a luminous performance as the young coed-turned-fearless activist. Armed with long-buried historical records of her incarceration, director Marc Rothemund expertly re-creates the last six days of Sophie Scholl's life: a heart-stopping journey from arrest to interrogation, trial and sentence. (Zeitgeist Films)
Metascore:
76
User Score:
8.3
Sweet Land 58.

Sweet Land

October 18, 2006 | PG
Set in Southern Minnesota's farm country, Sweet Land is a poignant and lyrical celebration of land, love, and the American immigrant experience. (Libero LLC)
Metascore:
75
User Score:
8.1
An Inconvenient Truth 59.

An Inconvenient Truth

May 24, 2006 | PG
This documentary offers a passionate and inspirational look at Al Gore's fervent crusade to halt global warming's deadly progress in its tracks by exposing the myths and misconceptions that surround it. [Participant Productions]
Metascore:
75
User Score:
8.0
Lady Vengeance 60.

Lady Vengeance

April 28, 2006 | R
Lady Vengeance is the third film from Park Chanwook's revenge trilogy following "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance" and "Oldboy". Lee Geum-Ja, at the age of 19, goes to prison for the murder and abduction of a child on behalf of her accomplice Mr. Baek, only to find out that she is betrayed. While in prison, she carefully prepares for her revenge by winning the hearts of her fellow inmates with her kindness, thus earning herself the nickname 'kind Ms. Geum-Ja.' Upon her release from prison after thirteen years, she finally sets out to seek revenge on Baek, with the help of her former prison mates. (Tartan USA)
Metascore:
75
User Score:
8.0
Little Children 61.

Little Children

October 6, 2006 | R
Based on the novel by Tom Perrotta, Little Children centers on a handful of individuals whose lives intersect on the playgrounds, town pools and streets of their small community in surprising and potentially dangerous ways. [New Line Cinema]
Metascore:
75
User Score:
7.4
A Prairie Home Companion 62.

A Prairie Home Companion

June 9, 2006 | PG-13
Director Robert Altman and writer Garrison Keillor join forces with an all-star cast to create a comic backstage fable, A Prairie Home Companion, about a fictitious radio variety show that has managed to survive in the age of television. (Picturehouse)
Metascore:
75
User Score:
6.5
This Film Is Not Yet Rated 63.

This Film Is Not Yet Rated

September 1, 2006 | TV-MA
Academy Award-nominated director Kirby Dick takes on the MPAA.
Metascore:
75
User Score:
7.3
The Bridesmaid 64.

The Bridesmaid

August 4, 2006
It's love at first sight when bridesmaid Senta falls into the life handsome young Philippe at the wedding of his younger sister. Though their passion for each other is as obvious as it is unquestionable, Philippe soon discovers that Senta's life is shrouded in mystery and her stories surrounding her past anything but believable. When one day she asks Philippe for a terrible proof of his love, Philippe must come to terms with who his lover might really be. But is this just another of Senta’s fantastic tales? And how far is Philippe willing to go, even as his love for her seems to know no limits? (First Run Features)
Metascore:
74
User Score:
7.3
The Ground Truth 65.

The Ground Truth

September 15, 2006 | R
Patricia Foulkrod's documentary feature includes exclusive footage that will stir audiences. The filmmaker's subjects are patriotic young Americans - ordinary men and women who heeded the call for military service in Iraq - as they experience recruitment and training, combat, homecoming, and the struggle to reintegrate with families and communities. (Focus Features)
Metascore:
74
User Score:
6.5
Iron Island 66.

Iron Island

March 31, 2006
The story of a community located on an abandoned oil tanker in the Persian Gulf, Iron Island chronicles the lives of the homeless people living on this floating village. (Kino International)
Metascore:
74
User Score:
6.4
Shakespeare Behind Bars 67.

Shakespeare Behind Bars

March 10, 2006
Shakespeare Behind Bars is an unexpectedly delightful documentary that follows the casting, rehearsal, and presentation of Shakespeare's play, The Tempest, by convicted felons inside Kentucky's Luther Luckett Correctional Complex. (International Film Circuit)
Metascore:
74
User Score:
7.1
Flushed Away 68.

Flushed Away

November 3, 2006 | PG
From the teams behind "Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit," comes this madcap computer animated comedy set on and beneath the streets of London in the bustling sewer world of Ratropolis. (DreamWorks)
Metascore:
74
User Score:
7.5
Duck Season 69.

Duck Season

March 10, 2006 | R
An unlikely foursome stumble upon little revelations and insights into the kind of youthful longing that stays with one well past adolescence. (Warner Independent Pictures)
Metascore:
74
User Score:
8.5
The Last King of Scotland 70.

The Last King of Scotland

September 27, 2006 | R
In an incredible twist of fate, a Scottish doctor (McAvoy) on a Ugandan medical mission becomes irreversibly entangled with one of the world's most barbaric figures: Idi Amin (Whitaker). Impressed by Dr. Garrigan's brazen attitude in a moment of crisis, the newly self-appointed Ugandan President Amin hand picks him as his personal physician and closest confidante. Though Garrigan is at first flattered and fascinated by his new position, he soon awakens to Amin's savagery - and his own complicity in it. Horror and betrayal ensue as Garrigan tries to right his wrongs and escape Uganda alive. (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Metascore:
74
User Score:
8.0
Take My Eyes 71.

Take My Eyes

March 17, 2006
Take My Eyes tackles the difficult subject of domestic violence, but like "Days of Wine and Roses" and "Drugstore Cowboy," it broadens (and never dilutes) its cautionary tale with humor, lyricism, and a shattered love story. (New Yorker Films)
Metascore:
74
User Score:
7.7
Commune 72.

Commune

November 3, 2006
With its spotlight on the still surviving Black Bear Ranch commune in remote Northern California, this documentary is the first real insider look at communal living, and how seemingly small personal choices can create shock waves felt throughout the world. (Five Points Media)
Metascore:
74
User Score:
tbd
The Heart of the Game 73.

The Heart of the Game

June 9, 2006 | PG-13
This documentary focuses on the passion and energy of a girls' high school basketball team.
Metascore:
74
User Score:
7.8
The History Boys 74.

The History Boys

November 21, 2006 | R
The History Boys tells the story of an unruly class of bright, funny history students in pursuit of an undergraduate place at Oxford or Cambridge. [Fox Searchlight]
Metascore:
74
User Score:
6.1
Sir! No Sir! 75.

Sir! No Sir!

April 7, 2006 | Not Rated
This documentary examines the resistance to the Vietnam war within the military.
Metascore:
74
User Score:
7.7
My Country, My Country 76.

My Country, My Country

August 4, 2006 | Not Rated
Working alone in Iraq over eight months, director/cinematographer Laura Poitras creates an extraordinarily intimate portrait of Iraqis living under U.S. occupation. (Zeitgeist Films)
Metascore:
74
User Score:
7.0
State of Fear 77.

State of Fear

January 11, 2006
In this documentary, the spectacular beauty of Peru is juxtaposed with the disturbing revelations of that nation's Truth Commission detailing a 20-year reign of terror. (Film Forum)
Metascore:
74
User Score:
tbd
A Scanner Darkly 78.

A Scanner Darkly

July 7, 2006 | R
Based on legendary science-fiction author Philip K. Dick’s own experiences, A Scanner Darkly tells the darkly comedic, caustic, but deeply tragic tale of drug use in the modern world. The film plays like a graphic novel come to life with live-action photography overlaid with an advanced animation process -- a method known as interpolated rotoscoping, first employed in writer/director Richard Linklater’s 2001 film "Waking Life" -- to create a haunting version of America, seven years from now. [Warner Independent Pictures]
Metascore:
73
User Score:
7.7
Wordplay 79.

Wordplay

June 16, 2006 | PG
Wordplay focuses on the man most associated with crossword puzzles, New York Times puzzle editor and NPR Puzzle Master Will Shortz. Director Patrick Creadon introduces us to this passionate hero, as well as to the inner workings of his brilliant and often hilarious contributors and many celebrity crossword puzzlers. (IFC Films)
Metascore:
73
User Score:
6.9
The Proposition 80.

The Proposition

May 5, 2006 | R
Set against the harsh and unforgiving landscape of the 1880s Australian outback, The Proposition is a visually stunning tale of loyalty, revenge and the quest for justice in a land without rule. (First Look Pictures Releasing)
Metascore:
73
User Score:
8.1
Somersault 81.

Somersault

April 21, 2006 | Not Rated
An erotic, lyrical depiction of a young girl's sexual awakening, Somersault is a breakthrough debut for both its director and its star. [Magnolia Pictures]
Metascore:
73
User Score:
7.5
Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul 82.

Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul

June 9, 2006
A European musician and composer sets out to capture the musical diversity of Istanbul. (Strand Releasing)
Metascore:
73
User Score:
7.9
Inland Empire 83.

Inland Empire

December 6, 2006 | R
The latest hallucinatory vision from the iconoclastic director of "Blue Velvet" and "Twin Peaks," Inland Empire stars Laura Dern in a tour-de-force performance as, perhaps, an actress who lands a dream role that quickly devolves into nightmare. [IFC Center]
Metascore:
73
User Score:
7.4
The Cave of the Yellow Dog 84.

The Cave of the Yellow Dog

November 10, 2006 | G
A Mongolian nomad family find themselves in disagreement when the oldest daughter, Nansal, finds a dog and brings it home. Believing that it is responsible for attacking his sheep, her father refuses to allow her to keep it. When it's time for the family to move on, Nansal must decide whether to defy her father and take her new friend with them. Oscar-nominated director Byambasuren’s follow up to the hugely successful "The Story of the Weeping Camel" is a thought provoking mix of documentary and drama that tells the story of the age-old bond between man and dog, a bond which experiences a new twist through the eternal cycle of reincarnation in Mongolia. (Tartan Films)
Metascore:
73
User Score:
8.4
Heading South 85.

Heading South

July 7, 2006 | Unrated
On the sun drenched island of Haiti in the '70s, foreigners idle away their vacations in the palm-fringed paradise of the beach hotels. Brenda (Young), Ellen (Rampling) and Sue (Portal), three North American women, converge on the island looking for flirtation, relaxation and respite from their colorless jobs and marriages. They find what they are looking for in Legba (Cesar), an enigmatic local Adonis whose beauty and passion has them enthralled. It is this passion that will lead them away from the gilded cage of tourism and will open their eyes to the poverty stricken and dangerous world of Haiti. (Celluloid Dreams)
Metascore:
73
User Score:
7.1
Cars 86.

Cars

June 9, 2006 | G
This is a fast-paced comedy adventure set inside the world of cars. Fueled with plenty of humor, action, heartfelt drama and amazing new technical feats, Cars is a high octane delight for moviegoers of all ages. [Disney]
Metascore:
73
User Score:
7.5
The Puffy Chair 87.

The Puffy Chair

June 2, 2006 | R
The story of three very different people and a giant purple puffy chair in a too-small van. -- and one of them has to go before the trip's end. (Roadside Attraction)
Metascore:
73
User Score:
5.3
Metal: A Headbanger's Journey 88.

Metal: A Headbanger's Journey

April 14, 2006 | R
Sam Dunn is a 30-year old anthropologist. He's also a lifelong metal fan. After years of studying diverse cultures, Sam turns his academic eye a little closer to home and embarks on an epic journey into the heart of heavy metal. His mission: to try and figure out why metal music is consistently stereotyped, dismissed and condemned, even while the tribe that loves it stubbornly holds its ground - spreading the word, keeping the faith and adopting the style and attitudes that go way beyond the music.
Metascore:
73
User Score:
8.1
Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles 89.

Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles

September 1, 2006 | PG
From three-time Academy Award nominated director Zhang Yimou comes a moving story of one man's journey across China's heartland. (Sony Pictures Classics)
Metascore:
73
User Score:
8.2
Notes on a Scandal 90.

Notes on a Scandal

December 27, 2006 | R
Based on the novel by Zoe Heller, this psychological thriller portrays two women caught up in a drama of need and betrayal. (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Metascore:
73
User Score:
7.9
The Fall of Fujimori 91.

The Fall of Fujimori

January 18, 2006
The Fall of Fujimori is a character-driven, political thriller exploring the volatile events that defined Alberto Fujimori's decade-long reign of Peru. (Stardust Pictures)
Metascore:
73
User Score:
tbd
Climates 92.

Climates

October 27, 2006 | Unrated
A gorgeous rumination on the fragility and complexity of human relationships. (Zeitgeist Films)
Metascore:
72
User Score:
8.0
Quinceañera 93.

Quinceañera

August 4, 2006 | R
Quinceañera is a look at what happens when teenage sexuality, age-old rituals and real estate prices collide. It is a story fueled by the racial, class and sexual tensions of Echo Park, a Latino neighborhood in transition. (Sony Pictures Classics)
Metascore:
72
User Score:
7.7
Superman Returns 94.

Superman Returns

June 28, 2006 | PG-13
Five years after his mysterious disappearance, Superman returns to Metropolis -- but things have changed in his absence.
Metascore:
72
User Score:
6.9
Tibet: A Buddhist Trilogy 95.

Tibet: A Buddhist Trilogy

March 31, 2006 | Not Rated
Originally presented during the Dalai Lama's first visit to the US in 1979, this is an epic documentary of spirituality in exile.
Metascore:
72
User Score:
tbd
4 96.

4

April 7, 2006
Three strangers meet in a late night Moscow bar and spin incredible stories about themselves -- all of which turn out to be lies. (Leisure Time Features)
Metascore:
72
User Score:
7.1
Bubot Niyar 97.

Bubot Niyar

September 1, 2006
After closing the border to Palestinian workers, Israeli authorities sought to fill gaps in the job market by encouraging emigrant workers from other parts of the world. Among those who answered the call were Filipinos in various stages of gender transition. These individuals who see themselves in a female persona, shunned by their families and communities at home, build new lives in Israel as caregivers for elderly, orthodox Jewish men, many of whom come to look upon them as substitute children. On their nights off, the workers perform as a drag queen ensemble, "Paper Dolls," in Tel Aviv nightclubs. Although the troupe's members enjoy Israel's liberal atmosphere, they are still outsiders and are always treated as such. Tomer Heymann's moving documentary explores the role of immigrant worker in Western culture, and delves into the lives of societal outcasts seeking freedom and acceptance, however tenuous. (Strand Releasing)
Metascore:
72
User Score:
tbd
Akeelah and the Bee 98.

Akeelah and the Bee

April 28, 2006 | PG
An inspirational drama, Akeelah and the Bee is the story of Akeelah Anderson (Palmer), a precocious eleven-year old girl from south Los Angeles with a gift for words. Despite the objections of her mother (Bassett), Akeelah enters various spelling contest, for which she is tutored by the forthright Dr. Larabee (Fishburne), her principal Mr. Welch (Armstrong) and the proud residents of her neighborhood. Akeelah's aptitude earns her an opportunity to compete for a spot in the Scripps National Spelling Bee and in turn united her neighborhood who witness the courage and inspiration of one amazing little girl. (Lionsgate)
Metascore:
72
User Score:
7.8
Brick 99.

Brick

March 31, 2006 | R
Brick, while taking its cues and its verbal style from the novels of Dashiell Hammett, also honors the rich cinematic tradition of the hard-boiled noir mystery, here wittily and bracingly immersed in fresh territory – a modern-day Southern California neighborhood and high school. (Focus Features)
Metascore:
72
User Score:
7.1
Pusher III: I'm the Angel of Death 100.

Pusher III: I'm the Angel of Death

August 18, 2006 | Not Rated
PUSHER III takes place over the course of a single day, with the now middle-aged Milo struggling to prepare his daughter’s 25th birthday party. As Milo fights his own personal demons in the form a smack addiction he’s trying to kick, his business day proves equally challenging once a shipment of ecstasy arrives in place of the heroin he was expecting. Milo is forced to contend with a new order of young hoods in order to move this designer drug he knows little about. Now feeling the squeeze he himself had put on so many before him, Milo must find a way to maintain his place of dominance atop the Copenhagen underworld. To do so he will have to survive one of the most harrowing episodes of his long, illustrious career. [Magnolia Pictures]
Metascore:
72
User Score:
7.7

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