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Most Wanted Movies of 2006


In previewing the potential excitements in 2006, I looked for the same thing… quality… based on the talent, names, directors, performers, the proposed release date, and plotline description are all of what is available at the moment.  Evidently, some films look more promising on paper than what they actually turn out to be.  A couple of the films last year on the list were quite a disappointment, so I will exclude movies like Miami Vice, The Grudge 2, Saw III, Garfield's A Tale of Two Kitties, and any Hollywood film with a hip, cool pseudo title right away.  The list is reduced to 30 films like usual to show a little limitation. I plan on seeing and reviewing every film on this list.  Most of the films are likely summer blockbusters, sequels to a successful film, or potential Oscar favorites to contend.  The frozen tundra of bad movies is typically released in February, March, and April, so most all these movies begin May or later.  Release dates aren't certain and some may be pushed till 2007, so if that happens, the film will be replaced with a 2006 one.
Mid-November update: Due to several more movies now as release dates for 2007, the uncertainty of some, and with only a month and a half remaining in 2006, the list has been trimmed from 30 to 25.

{25 of 25 Reviewed}

1. The Da Vinci Code (Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Jean Reno, Ian McKellen, Paul Bettany, Alfred Molina)  {REVIEWED}

2. The Departed (Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Martin Sheen) {REVIEWED}

3. The Good Shepherd (Matt Damon, Robert De Niro, Angelina Jolie, Joe Pesci)  {REVIEWED}

4. Blood Diamond (Leonardo DiCaprio, Djimon Hounsou, Jennifer Connelly)  {REVIEWED}

5. The Painted Veil (Naomi Watts, Edward Norton, Liev Schreiber)  {REVIEWED}

6. Flags of Our Fathers (Ryan Phillippe, Barry Pepper, Paul Walker)  {REVIEWED}

7. Little Children (Kate Winslet, Patrick Wilson, Jennifer Connelly, Phyllis Somerville)  {REVIEWED}

8. Babel (Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Mahima Chaudhry, Gael García Bernal)  {REVIEWED}

9. Stranger Than Fiction (Will Ferrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman)  {REVIEWED}

10. Snakes on a Plane (Samuel L. Jackson, Byron Lawson, Rachel Blanchard)  {REVIEWED}

11. Cars (Owen Wilson, Paul Newman, Bonnie Hunt, Larry The Cable Guy)  {REVIEWED}

12. World Trade Center (Nicolas Cage, Maria Bello, Michael Pena, Maggie Gyllenhaal)  {REVIEWED}

13. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Michael Clarke Duncan, Gary Cole)   {REVIEWED}

14. The Black Dahlia (Josh Hartnett, Scarlett Johansson, Hilary Swank)  {REVIEWED}

15. V for Vendetta (Hugo Weaving, Natalie Portman, Stephen Rea, John Hurt)  {REVIEWED}

16. Marie-Antoinette (Kirsten Dunst, Jason Schwartzman, Rip Torn)  {REVIEWED}

17. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Geoffrey Rush, Naomie Harris)  {REVIEWED}

18. Casino Royale (Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen, Judi Dench)  {REVIEWED}

19. Dreamgirls (Beyoncé Knowles, Jennifer Hudson, Anika Noni Rose, Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy, Danny Glover)  {REVIEWED}

20. Mission: Impossible III (Tom Cruise, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Keri Russell, Ving Rhames, Laurence Fishburne, Jonathan Rhys Meyers) {REVIEWED}

21. Superman Returns (Brandon Routh, Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey)  {REVIEWED}

22. X-Men: The Last Stand (Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Kelsey Grammer, Anna Paquin, Rebecca Romijn) {REVIEWED}

23. The Prestige (Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson) {REVIEWED}

24. Scoop (Woody Allen, Scarlett Johansson, Hugh Jackman)  {REVIEWED}

25. The Fountain (Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, Ellen Burstyn, Ethan Suplee)  {REVIEWED}



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