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Year 2006 Top Movie Picks

Capote

(Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener)

The story of Truman Capote's creation of one of the most memorable books of the 1960s ”In Cold Blood”and his friendship with the accused killer he wrote about. (DVD)

Cars

(Voices of Owen Wilson, Paul Newman, Bonnie Hunt)

Rookie race car Lightning McQueen takes a detour on his way to the upcoming Piston Cup Championship and ends up in the Route 66 town of Radiator Springs. (DVD)

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

(Georgie Henley, William Moseley, Skandar Heynes, and Anna Popplewell)

The story of two brothers and two sisters who cross through an enchanted wardrobe closet into the magical world of Narnia, a land of talking animals and mythical creatures. Based on the book, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis. (DVD)

The Constant Gardener

(Ralph Fiennes, Rachel, Weisz)

A low-level British diplomat on assignment in Kenya discovers a deadly secret when he tries to investigate the murder of his activist wife. Based on the book, The Constant Gardener, by John le Carr. (DVD and Videocassette)

The Family Stone

(Sarah Jessica Parker, Dermot Mulroney, Diane Keaton)

A woman is invited to spend the Christmas holidays with her future in-laws and discovers that they don't much care for her. (DVD)

Hustle and Flow

(Terrence Howard, Anthony Anderson)

A low-level pimp and drug dealer, scraping together a living in the ghettos of Memphis, decides to try a career in music. (DVD)

Ice Age 2: The Meltdown

(Voices of Ray Romano, Denis Leary , John Leguizamo)

As the ice age winds to an end, the animals of the Earth are oblivious to the danger looming just over the horizon, a massive flood from the liquifying ice overlooking their valley. (DVD)

An Inconvenient Truth

(Presented and narrated by Al Gore)

Based on the book, An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It. This powerful documentary records a multi-media presentation hosted by former Vice-President Gore in which he discusses the scientific facts behind global warming and explains how it has already begun to affect our environment. He also discusses the disastrous consequences if the world's governments and citizens do not act soon, and presents ideas as to what each individual can do to help protect the Earth for future generations. (DVD)

The Matador

(Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear, Hope Davis)

A chance meeting between a globetrotting hitman and a crestfallen businessman in a hotel bar in Mexico City, draws them together in a way that neither expected. (DVD)

Mrs. Henderson Presents

(Judy Dench, Bob Hoskins)

A recently widowed Laura Henderson buys an old London theater and opens it up as the Windmill, a performance hall which makes history as the first theater to feature nude female entertainers live onstage. (DVD)

Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont

(Joan Plowright, Rupert Friend)

An elderly widow and a young would-be author strike up an unlikely friendship when she settles into the Claremont Hotel: a shabby residential inn for senior citizens that has seen better days. (DVD)

Munich

(Eric Bana, Daniel Craig, Geoffrey Rush)

In the wake of the massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics, the Israeli government gave Mossad, the nation's intelligence agency, a special assignment: to track down and eliminate the Palestinians responsible for their deaths. (DVD)

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

(Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley)

In this sequel to Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (DVD), Will and Elizabeth prepare to exchange vows but their wedding plans hit rough waters with the arrival of the scallywag Jack Sparrow. (DVD)

Shopgirl

(Steve Martin, Clare Danes, Jason Schwartzman)

The story of a complex love triangle between a bored salesgirl, a wealthy businessman and an aimless young man. Based on the novella, Shopgirl, by Steve Martin. (DVD)

Something New

(Sanaa Lathan, Simon Baker, Mike Epps)

A corporate lawyer finds love in the most unexpected place when she agrees to go on a blind date with a sexy and free-spirited landscaper. (DVD)

Superman Returns

(Brandon Routh, Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey)

After a long visit to the lost remains of the planet Krypton, Superman returns to earth to find a Metropolis that doesn't need him anymore and that Lois Lane has moved on with another suitor. His archenemy Lex Luthor, however, has not forgotten him and begins to plot his revenge. (DVD)

Syriana

(George Clooney, Matt Damon, Chris Cooper, Jeffrey Wright)

This politically-charged epic traces the corruption of the global oil industry from the backrooms of Washington, D.C., to the petroleum fields of the Middle East. Based on the book, See No Evil: The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA's War on Terrorism, by former CIA case officer Robert Baer. (DVD)

Transamerica

(Felicity Huffman, Kevin Zegers)

One week before her scheduled final surgery, a pre-operative male-to-female transsexual learns that she fathered a son, now a teenage runaway hustling on the streets of New York. (DVD)

Tsotsi

(Presley Chweneyagae, Terry Pheto)

Tsotsi, a young gang leader in Johannesburg, South Africa, shoots a woman while stealing her car, only to discover that her infant son is in the back seat. Unsure of what to do, he takes the boy home and tries to care for it. Winner of the 2005 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. (DVD)

United 93

(David Alan Basche, Richard Bekins)

A real-time speculative account of the events on the hijacked United Flight 93 that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001 when passengers foiled the terrorist plot. Based on detailed studies of the events, the film attempts to reconstruct the tragedy from the view of the ground and flight controllers, the passengers, and their families. (DVD)

Walk the Line

(Reese Witherspoon, Joaquin Phoenix)

A biography of country music legend Johnny Cash, from his early days on an Arkansas cotton farm, to his rise to fame with Sun Records in Memphis. (DVD)

World Trade Center

(Nicolas Cage, Michael Pena, Maria Bello)

Directed by Oliver Stone, this powerful film is based on the true story of two Port Authority police officers who become trapped under the rubble of the World Trade Center. (DVD)

The World's Fastest Indian

(Anthony Hopkins, Diane Ladd, Chris Lawford)

The story of New Zealander Burt Munro, who spent years building and modifying his beloved 1920 Indian motorcycle - the bike on which he set the land-speed world record at Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats in 1967. (DVD)