Focus

Arthur Miller is by any account a major figure in American letters, principally as a playwright. Had he written nothing other than Death of a Salesman, his position in the pantheon would be assured. With a pronouncedly social/political bent, the intensity of his convictions sometimes renders his work didactic,  ...

Following

You might want to take along a bridgetable and a pitcher of lemonade when you go see Following. It’s a film that offers more pleasure as a jigsaw puzzle than it does as a movie. Bill (Jeremy Theobald) is a would-be writer whose malaise manifests itself as  ...

Frank Lloyd Wright

..Architect Frank Lloyd Wright was one of the great creative geniuses of the twentieth century, though his long career was an uneven one. Early successes were followed by a period when he could not land a commission and his wife had to wear hand-me-down coats in the cold Wisconsin winter.  ...

Forces of Nature

... Like a good steak, a romantic comedy has to sizzle. Great jokes can salvage a regular comedy, but in a romantic comedy you need to feel chemistry between the leads. If you don't develop a burning desire in the pit of your stomach to see the two mismatched people  ...

For Love of the Game

Click the poster to buy at MovieGoods There are two rather narrow classes of people who will love the new Kevin Costner baseball movie For the Love of The Game. The first is die-hard baseball fans in non-English speaking, baseball-loving countries. These fans will be able  ...

Frenzy

By the time Frenzy was released in 1972, Alfred Hitchcock was in something of a slump. While Marnie had its admirers, most found it a slipshod exercise in psychobabble. Topaz and Torn Curtain were both drab, anemic espionage thrillers, sorely lacking the master's suspense-making skills and celebrated set pieces.  ...

Frequency

Time travel has long been a favored theme among science fiction fans. Literary works like H.G. Wells' The Time Machine have crossed-over to general interest readers, and, of course, the movies recycle the premise frequently. Some films, like Planet of the Apes, are adventures with embedded time travel  ...

Galaxy Quest

No matter how many times he saved the universe as Captain James T. Kirk, William Shatner's finest onscreen moment may still be the 1986 Saturday Night Live sketch in which, playing himself, Shatner castigated an audience full of Kirk-worshippers at a Star Trek convention. Fed up with inane technical  ...

The Garden of the Finzi-Continis

Suggested reading: Benevolence and Betrayal: Five Italian Jewish Families Under Fascism (1993), Alexander Stille The Italians and the Holocaust: Persecution, Rescue, and Survival (1996), Susan Zuccotti Contemporary Italian Filmmaking: Strategies of Subversion: Pirandello, Fellini, Scola, and the Directors of the New Generation (1995), Manuela Gieri  ...

Genghis Blues

... Genghis Blues is one of those movies that starts out simply and then grows and grows. By the time the lights come up you will feel as if you have been taken on a fascinating trip with a bunch of brand new friends. The film has everything a good  ...