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November 23, 2006 The year 2006 is unlikely to set any box office records, but it's on track to break the $9 billion mark for only the fourth time in history -- that is, if the holiday films that open before the end of this year do business.
November 21, 2006 Director Robert Altman, known for such movies as M*A*S*H, Nashville and The Player, dies at 81. He was nominated five times for Oscars and won a lifetime achievement award this year.
November 19, 2006 Penguins were the subject of last year's Academy Award-winning documentary March of the Penguins. The flightless birds have hit theaters once again, this time in the animated film Happy Feet. This time, the penguins aren't trekking to their ancestral breeding grounds, but singing and dancing their way to the top spot at theaters.
November 17, 2006 Daniel Craig brings us a new James Bond in Casino Royale. He's not only rugged, fearless and a lethal weapon, but he's also vulnerable. This 007 falls in love, and wonders whether that might not be better for him than being a globe-trotting killer. This not only shakes him up, it shakes up the franchise in its 21st official outing.
November 12, 2006 What sounds like a knockabout comic premise turns out to have some interesting nuances in Stranger Than Fiction, starring Will Farrell. Movie reviewer Bob Mondello says the story elements are cleverly blended with existential logic.
November 10, 2006 Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar made his breakthrough comedy, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, almost two decades ago. His latest film, Volver, is also about women -- and though they're not nervous or breaking down, they're definitely having a rough couple of weeks.
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November 4, 2006 Flushed Away is the latest animated film from the creators of Wallace and Gromit. Roddy, a pet rat, finds his world turned upside down when a sewer rat flushes him down the toilet.
October 26, 2006 The latest film from Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu follows multiple story lines. The film reveals the connections between its multicultural cast of characters -- and, as the title suggests, the difficulties they have in communicating.
October 21, 2006 The Prestige matches Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman as rival magicians who try to sabotage each others' tricks, and steal them when they can. It's a magical mystery tour of subterfuge, directed by brothers Christopher and Jonathan Nolan of Memento fame.
October 19, 2006 Flags Of Our Fathers is Clint Eastwood's look at the World War II battle of Iwo Jima, which was symbolized around the country by the photo of six faceless Marines raising the flag over Mount Suribachi.
October 13, 2006 Barry Levinson's new film, Man of the Year is about a comedian, played by Robin Williams, who decides to run for president as a joke, but starts winning support from voters. The film falters when it switches from a comedy to a political thriller.
October 6, 2006 As we do each Friday, here are Bob Mondello's picks for this week: Little Children, Shortbus and The Departed.
October 6, 2006 Little Children tracks an affair between a dissatisfied housewife and "the prom king," a stay-at-home dad who avoids studying for the Bar as he visits the playground with his son. Things come to a head when a man sent to jail for exposing himself to children is released and moves into the community.
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