Don't believe the (surprisingly overwhelming) hype - Spike Lee's latest, Inside Man, is not great. It's not, in fact, even good. Unfortunately, the same holds true for everything I've seen recently, as you can find out by following the below review links.
However, for those in NY or LA, be sure to check out Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's L'Enfant (review link on the right), which will undoubtedly be at the top of many Best of 2006 lists.
One more ND/NF:
Things That Hang From Trees (Slant magazine)