The Family Man

If holiday movies were presents under the Christmas tree, The Family Man would be your Aunt Ethel's fruitcake: sickly sweet and hard to swallow. A would-be Yuletide heartwarmer in the "What if?" tradition of A Christmas Carol and It's a Wonderful Life, this overlong and under-imagined fable has little  ...

Fantasia/2000

. The original 1940 Fantasia was Walt Disney's attempt to bring great serious music to the mass market, making it palatable by "interpreting" it with animated images. The segment of the film that worked best was "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," a piece of music which comes with a story already attached,  ...

Farinelli

Despite its Golden Globe award, Farinelli seemed to come and go without a lot of notice in the United States just a few years ago. Perhaps the subject matter, centering on an 18th century castrato, and the world of opera in which the story takes place, was not in  ...

The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat)

Click the poster to buy at MovieGoods.com Explores the Artic landscape while examining the traditions and culture of the Inuit. Great North DVD The Fast Runner is a remarkable film on several counts. It is by and about Inuit  ...

Felicia’s Journey

Here's something different: a serial killer movie with no on-screen violence. In Felicia's Journey, Bob Hoskins is Joseph Hildritch, a catering manager for a factory in England's industrial Midlands. Hildritch is mild-mannered and soft spoken, but right from the start it's clear that terrible things are roiling just beneath  ...

Fever

No wonder Nick Parker (Henry Thomas), the central character of Alex Winter's film, Fever, suffers the full panoply of New York alienation disorder – faces constantly close up in eerie light will induce paranoia in just about anyone. But is his predicament bad luck or an inevitable destiny?  ...

Fight Club

David Fincher’s Fight Club (from a novel by Chuck Palahniuk) is about a special kind of male anger. It’s the anger of single guys, night-owl guys, guys who work and fret and have nothing to show for it, guys who can’t get laid or for whom getting laid doesn’t  ...

The Filth and the Fury

Suggested reading: Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the 20th Century (1990), Greil Marcus Rotten - No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs: The authorized Autobiography Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols (1995), John Lydon In 1976, art student-turned-armchair politico-turned-radical haberdasher  ...

Finding Forrester

Gus Van Sant both directed and wrote his early films -- Mala Noche, Drugstore Cowboy, My Private Idaho -- and they were films that showed originality, exuberance, and integrity: the promise of an auteur. Then there were some less successful outings followed by a breakthrough of sorts--the hugely successful  ...

The Five Senses

Jeremy Podeswa’s The Five Senses is the latest entry in what has almost become a sub-genre: the "failure to communicate" tapestry. The movie takes place in a Canadian city over the three days that it takes to solve the disappearance of a little girl. A handful of strangers –  ...