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List of "F" Movies

F for Fake (1973) NR documentary

Youíve got to pay very close attention in this fast paced and somewhat boggled documentary from director Orson Welles who examines the fine art of forgery. Nevertheless, this is a documentary thatís done like no other has been done before in a high style that only the aptitude of Orson Welles could conjure. Of course his subject matter is fascinating. The ending was frightfully odd. Starring: Orson Welles, Oja Kodar, Joseph Cotton, Francois Reichenbbach. Directed by: Orson Welles. B+

Face/Off (1997) R action

This clever action movie stars John Travolta as an FBI agent who finally captures the mentally unbalanced and slippery criminal genius, Nicolas Cage. To extract information about a hugely destructive bomb he supposedly planted in Los Angeles, Cage's face is transplanted onto Travolta's. He goes to jail to question the criminal's incarcerated brood, but Cage comes out of his coma and puts on Travolta's mask. While this film is far from a masterpiece, it's an entertaining crowd pleaser with director John Woo also showing off some of his artistic prowess. Starring: John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Joan Allen, Alessanro Nivola, Gina Gershon, Dominique Swain, Nick Cassavetes, Harve Presnell, Colm Feore. Directed by: John Woo. B

Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) R documentary

Easily Michael Mooreís shoddiest ďdocumentaryĒ that stops at nothing to bash the living glory out of President George W. Bush. Although it is still done with wit and is entertaining, itís too topical to mean much in the years to come. (Clearly, his documentaries that tackle more timeless issues like gun control and companies moving to foreign soil will be more heartily endured than Fahrenheit 9/11.) For voting Americans living in the Bush-era, however, this is pretty much a must-see. The principle flaw of Fahrenheit 9/11 is its severe lack of evidence as well as its lacking of a general conclusion Ö other than ďBush sucks,Ē that is. Starring: Michael Moore. Directed by: Michael Moore. B

Fairy Tale: A True Story (1997) PG fantasy

Even though the title is an oxymoron, it is really based on a true story. Two little English girls take strange photographs of fairies in the woods. Of course no one should believe that fairies are real; they're little people for goodness sake! Unexpectedly, nearly the entire population believes that they're genuine including their parents, the people at Kodak, and even Sherlock Holmes author Arthur Conan Doyle! Now whether you think they're real, that's something that you alone would have to determine. This is a magical film that is a wonderful choice for the family. Starring: Harvey Kietel, Peter OíToole, Pheobe Nicholls, Paul McGann, Elizabeth Earl, Florence Hoath, Jason Salkey, Lara Morgan, Adam Franks, Guy Witcher, Joseph May, Mel Gibson. Directed by: Charles Surridge. B+

Falling in Love (1984) PG-13 romance

Itís a shame that a movie that features both Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro in their respective peaks couldnít have had a better script to work with. They play married individuals who have a few chance meetings. Their acquaintance develops into passionate love affairs, which puts their marriages into jeopardy. This movie is only worth watching for the two leads. Other than that, itís a frustratingly routine film with pedestrian direction and an absolutely nauseating musical score. Starring: Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, Jane Kaczmarek, George Martin, David Clennon, Dianne Wiest, Barry Smith, Sonny Abagnale, Richard Giza, Yanni Sfinias. Directed by: Ulu Grosbard. C-

Fame (1980) R musical

Director Alan Parkerís musical about the dreams and ambitions of a class of high school students enrolled in New Yorkís High School for Performing Arts is fascinating. Perhaps some of the character development needed some work (as did the acting), but overall this is a good film that you can take to heart if youíre so inclined. Starring: Irene Cara, Lee Curreri, Laura Dean, Antonia Franceschi, Boyd Gaines, Albert Hague, Tresa Hughes, Steve Inwood, Paul McCrane, Anne Meara, Joanna Merlin, Barry Miller, Jim Moody. Directed by: Alan Parker. B+

The Family Man (2000) PG-13 comedy

This entertaining riff on It's a Wonderful Life stars Nicolas Cage as a hot shot executive who is given a glimpse of what would have happened to him had he married his college girlfriend (Tea Leoni) instead of pursuing his money-making career. Starring: Nicolas Cage, Tea Leoni, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Piven, Saul Rubinek, Josef Sommer, Makenzie Vega, Jake Milkovich, Ryan Milkovich, Lisa Thornhill, Harve Presnell, Mary Beth Hurt. Directed by: Brett Ratner. B+

Family Plot (1976) PG mystery/comedy

Alfred Hitchcock's final film that he ever directed is unusual! Rather than being super-suspenseful along with the likes of Vertigo or Rear Window, it's a splendid light-hearted comedic romp! Barbara Harris stars as a spiritualist and one of her clients is trying to reach the illegitimate son of her deceased sister because he's her only heir. She's willing to pay Harris ten thousand dollars for her services. Unfortunately, Harris isn't a true psychic so she has to rely on her boyfriend, Bruce Dern, to find him the old fashioned way. A very entertaining movie! The actors all just give splendid performances! Starring: Bruce Dern, Barbara Harris, William Devane, Karen Black, Ed Lauter, Cathleen Nesbitt, Katherine Helmond, Warren J. Kemmerling, Edith Atwater, William Prince, Nicholas Colasanto. Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock. B+

The Family Stone (2005) PG-13 romance

This is a perfectly sweet but contrived holiday film in which a wealthy and talkative family doesnít do a good job of welcoming in a new sister-in-law (Sarah Jessica Parker). There are a few great moments in here, but there are also some that try too hard to be emotional while not being believable. Nevertheless, this is a well-acted film that is entirely watchable. Starring: Sarah Jessica Parker, Dermot Mulroney, Diane Keaton, Craig T. Nelson, Luke Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Claire Danes, Tyrone Giordano, Brian J. White, Elizabeth Reaser, Paul Schneider. Directed by: Thomas Bezucha. C+

The Fantastic Voyage (1966) NR sci-fi

In its time, "Fantastic Voyage" had premium special effects. Today, we can only say the special effects are dated but sufficient. Seconds before a scientist can mutter an important scientific finding, he gets into an accident and goes into a coma. Surgeons find that he has an inoperable blood clot in the brain and the only way to clear it is to shrink a team of scientists in a submarine and dissolve the clot with a laser. They do just that. The team must navigate their way through the human body and reach the brain in 60 minutes or they'll grow back to their normal size. A creative and exciting adventure, but the dialogue is weak in places. Starring: Stephen Boyd, Raquel Welch, Edmond O'Brien, Donald Pleasence, Arthur O'Connell, William Redfield, Arthur Kennedy, Jean Del Val. Directed by: Richard Fleischer. B

Fantasy Island (2020) PG-13 action

A prequel to the 40-year-old television show, and the premise is fine: A mysterious island is able to play out visitors' wildest fantasies, whether it is romance, reconnection or revenge. Often the fantasies of the guests conflict with one another. This film could have gone many different ways, but it ends up devolving into a vacuous action-adventure experience. The rules of the island seem to be made up as it goes along, making it almost impossible for this film to really build tension. Starring: Michael Pena, Maggie Q, Lucy Hale, Austin Stowell, Jimmy O. Yang, Ryan Hansen, Portia Doubleday, Michael Rooker, Parisa Fitz-Henley. Directed by: Jeff Wadlow. D+

Far and Away (1992) PG-13 romance

Tom Cruise stars as a young and poor Irishman in the 1890's who travels to the US with a rich girl, played by Nicole Kidman. The moment they arrive, Kidman promptly has her entire fortune (in silver spoons) stolen from her and thus, they are forced to earn their living the hard way. Cruise finds his talent in prize fighting, raising money to fulfill Kidman's dream: to move to Oklahoma and start a farm. The poor boy and the rich girl hate each other at first, and it's only natural (in movieland) that these two fall in love. Far and Away does not grow dull, the performances are stunningly great, and the sets are very realistic. The plot is excellent and the direction is likewise. A worthwhile film to rent! Starring: Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Thomas Gibson, Robert Prosky, Cyril Cusack, Barbara Babcock, Colm Meaney, Eileen Pollock, Michelle Johnson. Directed by: Ron Howard. A-

Fargo (1996) R comedy

The Coen Brothers come up with this black comedy which is probably their best film ever. William H. Macy plays a soft-spoken loser who stages a relatively innocent plot to kidnap his wife (so he can collect on ransom, paid exclusively by his father-in-law) but it escalates into complete chaos. Frances McDormand, in an Academy Award winning performance, plays the very pregnant policewoman who investigates this case. A remarkably well made film that is oftentimes hilarious. A true classic. Starring: Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy, Peter Stormare, Harve Presnell, John Carroll Lynch, Kristin Rudrud, Tony Denman, Steve Park, Steven Reevis, Warren Keith, Larry Brandenburg. Directed by: Joel Coen. A+

Fast Forward (1985) PG drama

Those who revel in '80s nostalgia and are gluttons for punishment are invited to "enjoy" this legitimately horrible musical about a song and dance troupe traveling to New York to try break into the industry. They dance in leotards, their original songs D-grade Michael Jackson knockoffs. The dancing is fun at least. Some of the scenery chewing is also good for laughs. Starring: John Scott Clough, Don Franklin, Tamara Mark, Tracy Silver, Cindy McGee, Gretchen Palmer, Monique Cintron, Debra Varnado. Directed by: Sidney Poitier. D+

Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) R comedy

Sean Penn as high school stoner Jeff Spicoli is legendary. You probably already know what he does. He antagonizes his history teacher Mr. Hand (Ray Walston), a perfect target, who not only appears to be genuinely upset by his antics, he throws them right back into his face. I'm such a nerd--I would have loved to have been in Mr. Hand's class. He seems like a good teacher. This film is episodic, chronicling the exploits of a handful of teenagers. It is designed to be a realistic portrayal of the high school experience. The worst-kept secret is it gets so many of the details right. Kids are vulgar, and they want to have sex with each other. Some kids want fancy cars and will put up with demeaning jobs. Others want to get high. Not many care about what they'll be doing in 10 years. This movie is a slice of life--not like other sex comedies that seem to exist just to be vulgar. Starring: Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold, Robert Romanus, Brian Backer, Pheobe Cates, Ray Walston, Vincent Schiavelli, Forest Whitaker, James Russo, Pamela Springsteen, Martin Brest, Nicolas Cage. Directed by: Amy Heckerling. B+

Fat City (1972) PG drama

This gritty and gripping tale is about a fading prizefighter (Stanley Keach) who must deal with the twilight of his career (having to take unglamorous jobs and an unglamorous girlfriend). Meanwhile, a promising new prizefighter (Jeff Bridges) must tame and perfect his sport. Director John Hustonís touch makes this film both realistic and effective. Starring: Stanley Keach, Jeff Bridges, Susan Tyrrell, Candy Clark, Nicholas Colasanto, Art Aragon, Curtis Cokes, Sixto Rodriguez, Billy Walker. Directed by: John Huston. A

Father Goose (1964) NR romantic comedy

Cary Grant stars an uncouth man who was bribed into plane spotting for the British Navy during WWII. He runs into a snobby woman (Leslie Caron) and a bunch of schoolgirls. Grant, a loner, resents their presence and their efforts in trying to civilize him. But then they fall in love. This is an unforgettable and endearing film. It's also clearly among the finest romantic comedies ever made, and its screenplay has an Oscar to prove it. Starring: Cary Grant, Leslie Caron, Trevor Howard, Jack Good, Sharyl Locke, Pip Sparke, Verina Greenlaw. Directed by: Ralph Nelson. A-

Father of the Bride (1950) NR comedy

This film is charming all around. Spencer Tracy stars as Stanley Banks, a lawyer whose daughter Kay (Elizabeth Taylor) announces that she is engaged to a young man named Buckley (Don Taylor). She and her mother Ellie (Joan Bennett) get busy planning the ceremony, while Stanley acts as a curmudgeon, criticizing everything from the cost of the cake, the behavior of the party planner, and guests who have the gall of coming in from out-of-town (thus increasing the cost of the wedding). He even doesn't particularly care for the first name of the groom. From my experience, even though my own wedding took place more than 60 years after the release of this film, it gets the details of wedding planning right. While Stanley isn't shy from expressing his woes, he at heart recognizes the magnitude of this family event, and he's not going to regret a thing about it. This is a sweet film, in particular the relationship between him and his daughter. And the last thing to mention is the nightmare sequence towards the end of the film is a masterpiece of surreality. Starring: Spencer Tracy, Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Bennett, Billie Burke, Leo G. Carroll, Don Taylor, Russ Tamblyn. Directed by: Vincente Minnelli. A-

The Father of the Bride (1991) PG comedy

Really, this is a very charming update of the 1950 film classic starring Spencer Tracy. Steve Martin stars as a tightwad father who is shocked to discover that his daughter has become engaged and must plan for the wedding Ö that is going to cost a bundle! Itís a fine, heart-warming comedy for the family. Starring: Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Kimberly Williams, Kiernan Culkin, George Newbern, Martin Short, Peter Michael Goetz, Kate McGregor-Stewart, Peter Murnik, Annie Meyers-Shyer, Ed Williams, Natasha Wieland, B.D. Wong. Directed by: Charles Shyer. B

Father of the Bride Part II (1995) PG comedy

Steve Martin and Diane Keaton return to star in the sequel of The Father of the Bride and manages to make it appealing. This time, George Banks is set for another major problem: his daughter is about to have a child --- and so is his wife! These events makes Banks go loco like the last time. The 1991 version of The Father of the Bride is better than this sequel because it's substantially funnier and most of the jokes haven't worn out yet. Martin Short returns as Franck Eggelhoffer who, for some reason or another, managed to get hired to set up the baby shower. Starring: Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Martin Short, Kimberly Williams, George Newbern, Kieran Culkin, B.D. Wong, Peter Michael Goetz, Kate McGregor-Stewart, Jane Adams. Directed by: Charles Shyer. B

Father's Day (1996) PG-13 comedy

Billy Crystal and Robin Williams team up in this disappointing comedy. A teenager runs away from home and follows a popular rock group's cross-country tour. The child's mother, who is naturally worried, meets her former boyfriend, Billy Crystal, and informs him that this child is actually his son. Crystal is amazed and promptly looks for him. In the mean time, the same mother meets with the eccentric Williams, another one of her former boyfriends, and is told the same story, so he looks for this child as well. When these two men clash in their search, interesting results occur. Overall, the film's mildly funny and not worth seeing. The comediansí performances arenít enough to make the filmís weak script any better. Look for Mel Gibson! Starring: Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, Nastassia Kinski, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, Charlie Hofheimer, Bruce Greenwood, Jared Harris, Mel Gibson. Directed by: Ivan Reitman. C

Fawlty Towers (1975, 1979) NR comedy

John Cleese plays Basil Fawlty, an incredibly rude and offensive hotel owner in this absolutely ingenious BBC comedy series written by Cleese and his then wife, Connie Booth. Fawlty Towers must be the most uproarious television series ever conceived; it's a shame that only twelve were made. The supporting cast is perfect, and Prunella Scales is exquisite as Basil's sharp-tongued wife, Andrew Sachs is hilarious as the dimwitted but well-meaning Spanish waiter, and Connie Booth is pleasing as the conniving housekeeper. If you ever get the chance, then watch these episodes, because they're unforgettable. Starring: John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, Connie Booth. Directed by: John Howard Davies. A+

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) R comedy

Terry Gilliam was the perfect director to helm this adaptation of Hunter S. Thompsonís landmark book, which might be overwhelming, but it is both wildly surreal and wickedly funny. Johnny Depp stars as the consistently drugged gonzo journalist who insanely wanders around the desert. Benicio Del Toro costars as his equally drugged companion, Dr. Gonzo. Not for all audiences, this film is gross at times. Starring: Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, Craig Bierko, Ellen Barkin, Gary Busey, Cameron Diaz, Flea, Mark Harmon, Katherine Heldmon. Directed by: Terry Gilliam. B+

Fearless (2006) PG-13 martial arts

This Jet Li film doesn't have a particularly large number of fighting sequences; it aims to be an engaging and sweeping drama. Well, it half-succeeds. Li plays a self-taught Chinese Wushu master who takes time to live in the country to tame his arrogance. It's an entertaining though unremarkable picture. Starring: Jet Li, Betty Sun, Dong Yong, Shindou Nakamura, Collin Chou, Paw Hee-ching. Directed by: Ronny Yu. B

Fellini Satyricon (1969) R drama

Federico Fellini adapted Roman writer Petronius' homoerotic work, which now only exists in fragments, and Fellini doesn't fill in the gaps. Some say Fellini is making a statement on the incomplete nature of history. At any rate, the result is a thoroughly bizarre film that has no peer. It's only recommended to art film aficionados. In Italian with English subtitles. Starring: Martin Potter, Hiriam Keller, Max Born, Salvo Randone, Mario Romagnoli, Magali Noel, Capucine. Directed by: Federico Fellini. B+

Ferris Buellerís Day Off (1986) PG-13 comedy

Matthew Broderick plays the memorable Ferris Bueller, High School sick-faker extraordinary. Believing that he'll be going too far to stay home from school ten times during a semester, he wants to make his ninth time a blast. So he calls his best friend, gets his girlfriend out of class, and together go out on the town! The film is funnily done with wit and style. Very few adolescent comedies get this good! Jeffrey Jones' character is great as Principal Rooney who is out to catch Ferris Bueller red-handed. Starring: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara, Jeffrey Jones, Jennifer Grey, Cindy Pickett, Lyman Ward, Edie McClurg, Charlie Sheen. Directed by: John Hughes. A-

Fever Pitch (2005) PG-13 romantic comedy

Jimmy Fallon stars as a rabid Red Sox fan who has a difficult time staying with women because baseball is the number one priority in his life. He finally meets a lady (Drew Barrymore) who might just end his unlucky curse. Fallon and Barrymore both turn in some of the stronger performances of their comedic careers in this charming romantic comedy. This is not a typical Farrely Brothers movie, for better or worse. Starring: Drew Barrymore, Jimmy Fallon, Jason Spevack, Jack Kehler, Scott H. Severance, Jessamy R. Finey, Maureen Keiller, Lenny Clarke, Ione Skye. Directed by: Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly. B+

The Fiddler on the Roof (1971) G musical

This is an extravagant film adaptation of the popular long-running Broadway smash of the same name. This is an extraordinary musical chronology of a humble Jewish milkman, Tevye, whose children do the unthinkable and choose their own husbands rather than going along with tradition which says the father gets to pick the hubby. A top-notch musical score seals the deal that Fiddler on the Roof is undoubtedly one of the best movie musicals ever made! The producers chose well in picking a virtually unknown but perfect cast. The three hours that it takes to view is time well invested. Starring: Topol, Norma Crane, Leonard Frey, Molly Picon, Paul Mann, Rosalind Harris, Michele Marsh, Neva Small, Paul Michael Glaser, Raymond Lovelock, Elaine Edwards, Candy Bonstein. Directed by: Norman Jewison. A+

Field of Dreams (1989) PG fantasy

A magical film about an Iowa farmer whose life is changed when he hears a strange and mystifying voice that motivates him to build a baseball field in the middle of his corn patch despite the fact that he cannot afford it. He doesn't know why, but he obeys, nevertheless. After several months, he notices that passed away baseball legends begin to appear on the diamond to play ball because they don't get to do that too much in the afterlife. Truly an entertaining film with more-than-excellent performances by the entire cast! It will surely catch your imagination! Adapted from W.P. Horner's book. Starring: Kevin Costner, Amy Madigan, Gaby Hoffman, Ray Liotta, Timothy Busfield, James Earl Jones, Burt Lancaster, Frank Whaley. Directed by: Phil Alden Robinson. A

Fierce Creatures (1996) PG-13 comedy

That winning quartet from A Fish Called Wanda returns to the screen for another go at it. This time, John Cleese is the manager of a zoo that has recently been bought by a powerful conglomerate who demands that it increases its profits by 20 percent or it closes down to make way for a new golf course. Of course, the managers and zoo keepers certainly don't want that to happen so they make irrational plans to get rid of all the peaceful and pleasant animals and replace them with dangerous, fierce creatures Ö that is, until Kevin Kline and Jamie Lee Curtis come along with their own plan. The film has some good funny moments and if you liked A Fish Called Wanda, then this is just the ticket. The cast is marvelous! Starring: John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Michael Palin, Ronnie Corbett, Robert Lindsay, Carey Lowell, Billie Brown, Derek Griffiths, Cynthia Cleese. Directed by: Robert M. Young. C+

The Final Countdown (1980) PG sci-fi

A fine cast starring Kirk Douglas and Martin Sheen head this unremarkable sci-fi picture about a modern, Pacific-sailing navy warship going through a time warp to December 6, 1941. If you havenít guessed it, theyíre given the opportunity to prevent the Pearl Harbor attack. This boring movie was a complete waste of time not only for me but also for the actors involved. A smidgen of redemption is added because the premise is somewhat interesting even though the actual movie is quite bland. Starring: Kirk Douglas, Martin Sheen, Katharine Ross, James Farentino, Ron OíNeal, Charles Durning, Victor Mojica, James Lawrence, Soon-Teck Oh. Directed by: Don Taylor. C-

Final Exam (1981) R horror

AAn effective cheapie slasher with decent thrills and plenty of unintended laughs. (If you've ever longed for the salad days when mass shootings at college campuses were joked about . . .) The plot is the same as any slasher film, except the killer is a nameless guy who doesn't wear a mask or have a unique murder weapon. He's the Everyman serial killer. The victims are just caricatures, but I would say there's more thought put into them than I see in the average slasher. Starring: Cecile Bagdadi, Joel S. Rice, Ralph Brown, DeAnna Robbins, Sherry Willis-Burch, John Fallon, Terry W. Farren. Directed by: Jimmy Hudson. B

Final Fantasy (2001) PG-13 sci-fi

It's quite an amazing film based on the popular video game series and to my surprise, the film actually displays intelligence! Yes, the plot is quite a feat; it's interesting and original! This film displays the most life-like computer generated images to this date -- the cartoon people almost look real (even though it's obvious that they're not). A recommended picture; it's both intriguing and exciting. Voices of: Ming-Na Wen, Alec Baldwin, Ving Rhames, Steve Buscemi, Peri Gilpin, Donald Sutherland, James Woods, Keith David, Jean Simmons, Matt McKenzie. Directed by: Jack Fletcher, Hironobu Sakaguchi and Moti Sakakibara. B+

Finding Forrester (2000) PG-13 drama

Sean Connery stars as a novelist (ala J. D. Salinger) who published only one book that has went on to become a classic. Rob Brown plays an aspiring teenage novelist who seeks Connery's masterful advise. Both people have something they can teach each other. It's an endearing buddy flick that is sometimes funny even though itís kind of clichťd and corny. Connery actually gives one of the better performances of his career here! Starring: Sean Connery, Rob Brown, F. Murray Abraham, Anna Paquin, Busta Rhymes, April Grace, Michael Pitt, Michael Nouri, Richard Easton, Glenn Fitzgerald, Zane R. Copeland Jr., Stephanie Berry. Directed by: Gus Van Sant. B+

Firefly (2002) NR sci-fi

This woefully short-lived space cowboy television series is not to be missed. This series follows the adventures of a rag-tag group of space travelers who go to different planets to conduct their not-so-legal affairs. The character development is first-rate, and every episode makes a great watch. Starring: Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Jewel Staite, Morena Baccarin, Adam Baldwin, Sean Maher, Summer Glau, Ron Glass. Directed by: Joss Whedon. A+

Firewalker (1986) PG adventure

Chuck Norris' first comedy, a genre he thankfully wouldn't revisit too often. He stars as a dime store Indiana Jones teaming up with Louis Gossett Jr to uncover a cache of gold at an Indian Reservation. This adventure is sorely lacking and the comedy elicits far more groans than grins. Starring: Chuck Norris, Louis Gossett Jr., Melody Anderson, Will Sampson, Sonny Landham, John Rhys-Davis, Ian Abercrombie. Directed by: J. Lee Thompson. D+

The Firm (1993) R drama

A suspenseful and entertaining film from an exciting John Grisham novel is a movie about a prodigy lawyer, right out of law school, who has nearly every powerful firm wanting to employ him. The sweetest of the deals comes from an incredibly powerful law firm in Memphis, Tennessee that offers him an unbelievable paycheck and even a sports car for his services. He takes the job, but soon after, he discovers that it is up to something incredibly illegal. This is a nicely done film. Starring: Tom Cruise, Gene Hackman, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Holly Hunter, Ed Harris, Hal Holbrook, Terry Kinney, Wilford Brimley, David Strathairn, Gary Busey, Steven Hill, Tobin Bell. Directed by: Sydney Pollack. B+

A Fish Called Wanda (1988) R comedy

A somewhat disappointing film but with good acting and a fun plot. It has a lot to offer, but it doesn't seem to quite flourish on it. The film is quite funny and it moves through its incredibly zany plot very quickly about a bank robbery and the getaway. Kline, Cleese, Palin and Curtis give excellently hilarious performances. Kline won an Academy Award as best supporting actor for his role as the cruel Otto. Unfortunately, much of the jokes involve Kline criticizing Palin's stuttering problem and Palin trying to kill Kline as a result. Wicked humor! Itís worth watching, but it doesn't quite hit the bull's eye as it should have. This quartet meets again in the non-sequel, Fierce Creatures, done in 1996. Starring: John Cleese, Kevin Kline, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Palin, Maria Aitken, Tom Georgeson, Stephen Fry. Directed by: Charles Chricton. B-

Fist of Legend (1994) PG-13 martial arts

This run-of-the-mill kung fu picture stars Jet Li as a student who is out to avenge the death of his master. There's enough entertaining fight scenes to keep it lively, but the dramatic bits are dull and provide many unintentional laughs (like many films from this genre). It's an entertaining picture, however, and a good choice for fans of the genre. Starring: Jet Li, Shinobu Nakayama, Billy Chow, Yasuaki Kurata, Paul Chiang. Directed by: Gordon Chan. B-

A Fistful of Dollars (1964) R western

Clint Eastwood stars as a cool hombre who wonders into an interesting town that is nearly abandon. The only people who reside there are two different groups of rivaling people. Both groups cannot stand each other and they aren't afraid to kill if provoked. Eastwood sees a wonderful opportunity in this! He can go to both sides and pretend to spy on the opposite side and collect the cash that he receives for his services. This film is very well done and is the first of the classic trilogy of spaghetti westerns done by Sergio Leone, followed by For a Few Dollars More and then The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. Starring: Clint Eastwood, Gian Maria Volonte, Marianne Koch, Wolfgang Lukschy, Mario Brega, Carol Brown. Directed by: Sergio Leone. A-

Fitzcarraldo (1982) PG drama

A terrific, ironic film (if long-winded) about a maniacal dreamer (Klaus Kinski) who is driven to build an opera house in the middle of the Amazon jungle. The tranquil pacing and the breathtaking ďpoetryĒ not only make the inconclusive ending forgivable but seemingly essential. Kinski gives an utterly spirited performance, and (if I had any say) I would never have allowed any substitute for that guy. This is a unique film thatís worth it to any film connoisseur to view once if only to see what all the fuss is about. I have an inkling that youíre going to love it. (Even more amazing is the filmís production Ö everything in the movie, director Herzog actually accomplished while filming the thing. Amazing.) Starring: Klaus Kinski, Jose Lewgoy, Miguel Angel Fuentes, Paul Hittscher, Claudia Cardinale, Herequeque Enrique Bohorquez. Directed by: Werner Herzog. A+

Five Easy Pieces (1970) R drama

This is a fascinating character drama starring Jack Nicolson as an oil field worker who is living below his means. As the film goes on, more and more about his character is revealed. Not only does the film star one of the greatest film actors in history, but it also contains sharp dialogue from screenwriter/director Bob Rafelson. Starring: Jack Nicholson, Karen Black, Lois Smith, Susan Anspach, Billy Green Bush, Helena Kallianiotes, Fannie Flagg, William Challe, Toni Basil, Sally Struthers, Richard Stahl. Directed by: Bob Rafelson. A

Flash Gordon (1980) PG sci-fi

This is an enjoyable and intentionally campy tribute to the Ď30s sci-fi series. The moon is crashing into Earth and the blonde title hero (Sam Jones) must use his might to stop it. The cast, which includes Max Von Sydow and Brian Blessed in perfect roles, hams it up perfectly. Anyone who enjoys good tongue-in-cheek humor cannot miss this. Starring: Sam Jones, Melody Anderson, Topol, Max Von Sydow, Ornella Muti, Timothy Dalton, Brian Blessed, Peter Wynegarde. Directed by: Mike Hodges. B

Flightplan (2005) PG-13 action

This is a pure-bred Hollywood thriller, but unlike most of this genre, I was truly unable to guess the ending. However, it doesn't reach beyond just a thriller. Jodie Foster stars as a grieving widower who boards an airplane with her young child (Marlene Lawston). Foster falls asleep and wakes up to find that her child is missing. She frantically searches the plane along with the help of the flight staff, but she can't find her. Then, it is suggested that Foster's child is merely a figment of her imagination. This is an effective popcorn movie that will grab your attention and run with it. Starring: Jodie Foster, Peter Sarsgaard, Kate Beahan, Michael Irby, Erika Christensen, Shane Edelman, Mary Gallagher, Amanda Brooks, Drake Johnston, Dirk Vahle, Cooper Thornton, Marlene Lawston. Directed by: Robert Schwentke. B

Flushed Away (2006) PG comedy

Aardman Features (Wallace and Gromit) make a CGI film, but they keep their distinct style intact. A high society mouse (voice of Hugh Jackman) lives as a pet in a rich kid's house until he is flushed down the toilet and is forced to live in the mouse city of the sewers with the commoners without street smarts. However, he falls in love with a sewer mouse (Kate Winslet) and uncovers a vicious frog's plot to flush the city out with water. The CGI animation isn't state-of-the-art, but this is so funny that itís among the finest of the genre. Voices of: Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Jean Reno, Bill Nighy, Andy Serkis, Shane Richie, Ian McKellen, Kathy Burke, David Suchet, Miriam Margoyles. Directed by: David Bowers and Sam Fell. B+

The Fly (1986) R sci-fi

David Cronenberg directs this fascinating (and gross) film about a scientist (Jeff Goldblum) whose experiments with teleportation is successful. When he tests the device on himself, he does so with unbeknownst accompaniment of a housefly. This is a fantastic movie that attacks humanity's unrestrained ambition without fully realizing the consequences. Geena Davis co-stars as Goldblum's tragic love interest. Starring: Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz, Joy Boushel, Les Carlson, Shawn Hewitt, Carol Lazare, David Cronenberg. Directed by: David Cronenberg. A

The Fly 2 (1989) R sci-fi

This might be the most unnecessary movie sequel ever made. Eric Stoltz stars as the offspring of Goldblum's character in the 1986 film (who, I suppose, would be one-fourth fly). He experiences rapid growth (fully maturing by the age of five) and is kept under close watch by scientists. Stoltz is fine in his role, but he doesnít save the awful script, which contains all the cliches of an action film and delivers much more unintentional laughs than thrills. This is an embarrassment. Starring: Eric Stoltz, Daphne Zuniga, Lee Richardson, John Getz, Frank C. Turner, Ann Marie Lee, Gary Chalk, Saffron Henderson. Directed by: Chris Walas. D

The Fog (1980) R horror

Masterfully creepy and atmospheric horror flick about a coastal town that encounters rolling fog containing the murderous spirits of sailors lost in a shipwreck 100 years prior. It's not a straightforward chase like Halloween but more of a fantastical terror. The mystery is discovering what evils is in this town's past that brought about these wicked specters. It should be considered one of the major horror classics. Starring: Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh, John Houseman, Tom Atkins, James Canning, Charles Cyphers, Nancy Kyes. Directed by: John Carpenter. B+

The Following (1998) R thriller

Ooo! This very entertaining thriller is not your average, ordinary Hollywood flicker! Itís told out of order, a method that will both boggle your mind and keep you on the edge of your seat. In fear of providing spoilers, I wonít divulge any of the plot to you, but I will say that this is probably one of the best thrillers ever made. It is directed by Christopher Nolan, the same guy who would go on to direct the slightly superior Memento a few years later. Nevertheless, this is a great movie! You must rent it! Starring: Jeremy Theobald, Alex Haw, Lucy Russell, John Nolan. Directed by: Christopher Nolan. A

For a Few Dollars More (1965) R western

In Sergio Leone's second Western, Clint Eastwood returns as a bounty hunter who makes his living killing bad guys and collecting the reward money. When he plans on making the sneaky slaying of a very expensive gang of bandits, he meets fellow bounty hunter, Col. Douglas Mortimer. Rather than competing with each other, they combine forces in an attempt to make these bandits fall blubbering to their knees. However, they must try to do it from the inside... It certainly isn't better than Leone's previous effort, A Fistful of Dollars, but it still is an above-average western with a good plot and some great gunfight action. Starring: Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Gian Maria Volonte, Josef Egger, Rosemarie Dezter, Mara Krup, Klaus Kinski, Mario Brega, Aldo Sambrell. Directed by: Sergio Leone. B

For Better or Worse (1996) PG-13 comedy

Jason Alexander directs and stars this okay but stupid romantic comedy. He plays an eccentric man (no surprise!) with an obsession for a woman who dumped him. His trickster brother (James Woods) brings his new wife (Lolita Davidovich) over to Alexanderís flat. There, he pays Alexander to baby-sit the woman as he plans a bank robbery with a pair of dysfunctionals. This mediocre picture is entertaining but has scant few good laughs . . . and a couple missed opportunities for good laughs. The soundtrack is awful. Starring: Jason Alexander, Lolita Davidovich, James Woods, Joe Mantegna, Jay Mohr, John Amos, Rob Reiner, Beatrice Arthur, Haley Joel Osment, Robert Costanzo. Directed by: Jason Alexander. C+

For Love of the Game (1999) PG-13 sports

Kevin Costner, in one of his better films, plays an aged baseball superstar who gets involved romantically with a woman he meets on the side of the highway. Remarkably, the film succeeds rather well in combining romance with baseball, which is probably difficult to do. It's well worth watching but it seems to be pasted together with too many flashbacks where viewer can easily lose track. It's also entertaining and well done with a very gripping last-pitch for the retiring ballplayer, Costner. Starring: Kevin Costner, Kelly Preston, John C. Reilly, Jena Mallone, Brian Cox, J.K. Simmons. Directed by: Sam Raimi. B+

For Your Eyes Only (1981) PG spy

This wonderfully fun 007 flick that stars an aging Roger Moore contains some of the more exciting action sequences in Bond filmdom! Fans can certainly rejoice with this addition! Starring: Roger Moore, Carole Bouquet, Topol, Lynn-Holly Johnson, Julian Glover, Cassandra Harris, Jill Bennett, Michael Gothard, John Wyman, Jack Hedley, Lois Maxwell, Desmond Llewelyn. Directed by: John Glen. B+

The Forbidden Planet (1956) NR sci-fi

This slow yet entirely captivating futuristic version of Shakespeareís The Tempest is one of the best science fiction films from this time period. A flying saucer travels to a planet where most of its human inhabitants from a previous mission have perished due to a strange force; with the exception of a very intelligent man and his daughter who claim that they are immune. Watch the movie and see what this "force" really is. The plot is wonderfully complex and interesting. Recognize today's slapstick king, Leslie Nielsen, as the serious spaceship commander. Starring: Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Neilsen, Warren Stevens, Richard Anderson, Earl Holliman, Jack Kelley, James Drury. Directed by: Fred McLeod Wilcox. A-

Forbidden World (1982) R sci-fi

A decently exciting low-budget Alien rip-off about a gooey life form that runs amok through a spacecraft and picking off crew members. Hammy acting but that's part of the expected B-movie appeal as the cast scream their way through fine practical effects and an eerie synth soundtrack. Lots of skin. Starring: Jesse Vint, Dawn Dunlap, June Chadwick, Linden Chiles, Fox Harris, Ray Oliver. Directed by: Allen Holzman. B-

Forever Young (1992) PG fantasy/romance

Mel Gibson does a fine job in this film as a man in the 1940s who was accidentally frozen for fifty years when he was only supposed to be frozen for one! The reason Mel Gibson was frozen in the first place was because he couldn't bear the slow days watching his beloved girlfriend die. It's too fantastical for many tastes but it remains an enchanting tale involving romance and the limitations of time. Starring: Mel Gibson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Elijah Wood, Isabel Glasser, George Wendt, Joe Morton. Directed by: Steve Miner. B

Forget Paris (1995) PG-13 romantic comedy

Billy Crystal directs in this entertaining comedy about a disturbed basketball referee and his relationship with a woman he met in Paris. Itís told via a well-done ensemble of flashbacks. Debra Winger does an excellent job as Crystal's slightly agitated love. Itís a high-class romance comedy, but its still isn't great. Starring: Billy Crystal, Debra Winger, Joe Mantegna, Cynthia Stevenson, Richard Masur, Julie Kavner, William Hickey, Cathy Moriarty, John Spencer. Directed by: Billy Crystal. B

The Forgotten (2004) PG-13 thriller

This utterly ridiculous but captivating thriller is about a woman (Julianne Moore) whose friends and acquaintances suddenly and mysteriously forget the death of her son, which she had been brooding over for more than a year. What's making them forget? ... Or, is she a psychopath with mental problems? ... Whatever's the explanation, you'll probably be disappointed. Nevertheless, this film is rather exciting and fun to watch. Starring: Julianne Moore, Dominic West, Gary Sinise, Alfre Woodard, Linus Roache, Robert Wisdom, Jessica Hecht, Anthony Edwards. Directed by: Joseph Ruben. C+

Forgotten Silver (1996) NR comedy

This witty (and strikingly believable) mockumentary from directors Peter Jackson and Costa Botes is about the rediscovery of a pioneering New Zealand filmmaker. The crew goes on an "archaeological" search for the film set to his never-quite-finished masterpiece, Salome. Film buffs cannot miss this. Starring: Thomas Robins, Peter Jackson, Leonard Maltin, Sam Neill, Harvey Weinstein, Peter Corrigan, Jeffrey Tomas. Directed by: Peter Jackson and Costas Botes. A-

Formula 51 (2002) R comedy

Samuel L. Jackson stars as a kilt donning chemist in this outrageous comedy. He invented a new drug, double-crossed his financial backer (Meat Loaf) and he's ready to sell it to the highest bidder. Unfortunately, his plans go awry, and violence ensues. This is especially recommended to people who enjoy wacky films. Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Carlyle, Emily Mortimer, Rhys Ifans, Meat Loaf, Sean Pertwee, Richy Tomlinson. Directed by: Ronny Yu. B+

Forrest Gump (1994) PG-13 comedy/drama

This is a superb drama that tracks the life of the fictitious Forrest Gump who is all of the following: a crippled child who miraculously learned how to walk; a Vietnam War hero to receive the Congressional Metal of Honor; the ping pong champion of the world; the co-founder of a highly successful shrimp business; and an original investor of Apple Computers. Laden with funny and touching parts at a perfect balance with Tom Hanks doing an excellent job in the lead and Sally Field being memorable as Gump's mother. The rest of the cast work perfectly together making this an essentially flawless film that has gained ample popularity and adoration. Starring: Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Robin Wright, Sally Field, Mykelti Williamson, Rebecca Williams, Michael Conner Humphreys, Haley Joel Osment. Directed by: Robert Zemekis. A+

The Fortune Cookie (1966) NR comedy

An excellent and entertaining film from Billy Wilder. It's also the first and one of the most successful pairings of Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. Jack Lemmon plays a cameraman who collided with popular football player, Boom Boom Jackson, and suffered minor injuries as a result. Walter Matthau plays a sly lawyer who exaggerates Lemmon's injuries to collect big cash from the insurance companies. This is a very good and well-made comedy that is sure to bring a smile on your face. You'll want to see it again and again. Walter Matthau deservedly won an Oscar for his excellent performance. Starring: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Ron Rich, Cliff Osmond, Judi West, Lurene Tuttle. Directed by: Billy Wilder. A-

The 40 Year-Old Virgin (2005) R comedy

Itís all true: If this isnít the funniest raunchy comedy since Animal House, then it very nearly is. Steve Carell stars as the title character who so embodies the title character that he mistakenly likened the feel of breasts to a bag of sand. Thus, his friends embark on a quest to get him laid, though unsuccessfully. Meanwhile, he meets a single mother (Catherine Keener) who doesnít want to get intimate right away. The film is surprisingly warm-hearted (despite the somewhat mean connotations from the title) and it produces a steady and heavy stream of chuckles from start to finish. Perhaps even more amazingly, its promotion of celibacy is a refreshing change of pace for the genre. Starring: Steve Carell, Catherine Keener, Paul Rudd, Romany Malco, Seth Rogen, Elizabeth Banks, Leslie Mann, Jane Lynch. Directed by: Judd Apatow. A-

Foul Play (1978) PG comedy

This fun comedy stars Goldie Hawn as a nerdy librarian whose life is turned upside-down when her date for an evening (Bruce Solomon) at the movies suddenly turns up dead and discovers that she is being chased because she unwittingly came into possession of incriminating photographs that would divulge plans of some sort of assassination attempt. A police officer (Chevy Chase) is assigned to protect Hawn, but he wants to do more than protect. Dudley Moore has some pretty humorous scenes in here as a hapless theater conductor. This is a very light and entertaining film that's fit for a date. Starring: Goldie Hawn, Chevy Chase, Burgess Meredith, Eugene Roche, Dudley Moore, Marilyn Sokol, Brian Dennehy, Chuck McCann, Billy Barty, Don Calfa, Marc Lawrence. Directed by: Colin Higgins. B

The Fountain (2006) PG-13 drama

This high-budget art movie is a treasure to look at, but it's nearly incomprehensible. The film takes place in three different time periods and places: Medieval Spain, modern America and in a futuristic bubble. Hugh Jackman is the center character in all three periods, and he attempts to unlock the secret of eternal life. It's definitely worth a look, because there's nothing else like it. Starring: Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, Ellen Burstyn, Mark Margolis, Stephen McHattie, Fernando Hernandez, Cliff Curtis, Sean Patrick Thomas, Donna Murphy. Directed by: Darren Aronofsky. B+

Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) R romantic comedy

The message is all right (if pretentious), but the execution of the film lacks spark. Hugh Grant stars as an unbridled playboy who canít seem to get himself hitched, and doesnít really want to, until he meets the fabulous but engaged Carrie (Andie MacDowell). Some funny moments highlight this otherwise boring romantic comedy. Starring: Hugh Grant, James Fleet, Simon Callow, John Hannah, Kristin Scott Thomas, David Bower, Charlotte Coleman, Andie MacDowell, Rowan Atkinson. Directed by: Mike Newell. B-

Frailty (2002) R thriller

Bill Paxton directs this utterly intense film about a man (Paxton) who allegedly receives a message from God to start killing demons. Only, these demons look like normal people, and his two children are torn between whether he's really on a mission from God or badly needs to be institutionalized. The script is a clever one, and it will keep you guessing. Paxton proves that he is a much better director than he is an actor. Starring: : Bill Paxton, Matthew McConaughey, Powers Boothe, Matt O'Leary, Jeremy Sumpter, Luke Askew, Derk Cheetwood, Missy Crider. Directed by: Bill Paxton. A-

Frankenstein (1931) NR horror

If Dracula (1931) is the granddaddy of the horror genre, Frankenstein is the grandmother. The original Frankenstein flick, probably the best, stars Boris Karloff in his legendary role as the monster. Just in case you're unfamiliar with the story, it's about a crazed doctor with a theory that you can turn dead tissue into life. He does so successfully with assorted parts from several deceased humans, but he makes one dreadful mistake: the brain he used was marked "Abnormal." It's still chilling and effective to this day! Starring: Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, Mar Clark, John Boles, Dwight Frye, Edward Van Sloan, Frederick Kerr, Pauline Moore, Michael Mark. Directed by: James Whale. A-

Freaks (1932) NR horror

It ruined the career of director Tod Browning, and it's understandable why. This film, ahead of its time, casts real circus "freaks," and the plot is about a midget who falls in love with the troop's beauty, Cleopatra, who is out for his money. Though the ending was pretty exciting, this made a surprisingly tedious watch for a film that's only 66 minutes. This is required viewing for film buffs but not for anyone else. Starring: Wallace Ford, Leila Hyams, Olga Baclanova, Roscoe Ates, Harry Earles, Henry Victor, Daisy Earles. Directed by: Tod Browning. B

Freaks & Geeks: The Complete Series (2000) NR comedy

This television "dramedy" has more laughs, better writing and stronger character development than nearly any television show ever on television. It's a poser why NBC decided to can it before its first season was finished airing. Nevertheless, the DVD is not to be missed by anyone who thinks they'd enjoy a great TV series about high school in the early Ď80s. Do not hesitate. Starring: Linda Cardellini, John Daley, James Franco, Samm Levine, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, Martin Starr, Joe Flaherty, Becky Ann Baker, Busy Philipps. Directed by: Judd Apatow. A

Freddy Got Fingered (2001) R comedy

It's so outrageous that anyone unfamiliar with Tom Green's television show might need to make mental preparations to appreciate something so asinine. This anti-comedy contains many lapses of taste, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't laughing frequently. Tom Green stars as an obnoxious man-child (AKA himself) who wants to become a big time animator. So, he goes to California and annoys everyone. But that doesn't work quite as well, so he goes back home and annoys his friends and family. Starring: Tom Green, Rip Torn, Marisa Coughlan, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Harland Williams, Anthony Michael Hall, Julie Hagerty, Drew Barrymore. Directed by: Tom Green. C+

The French Connection (1971) R thriller

Gene Hackman stars along with Roy Scheider in this somewhat muddled but wildly exciting cops-and-robbers action flick. The chase scenes really could not have been better! There is a sequel to this film out there but it's not as critically acclaimed. The French Connection is certainly a must for all action lovers! Starring: Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, Roy Scheider, Tony Lo Bianco, Marcel Bozzufi, Frederic de Pasquale, Bill Hickman, Ann Rebbot, Harold Gary, Sonny Grosso. Directed by: William Friedkin. A

French Kiss (1995) PG-13 romantic comedy

As far as cheesy chick flicks go, French Kiss is pretty average. While I did have a fun time watching the performances of the two leads (Kevin Kline and Meg Ryan) and the plot did include some good moments, the lack of chemistry between the two stars is this film's biggest fault. The story goes like this: a man dumps his girlfriend while he's on a business trip in Paris in favor for a more beautiful and more French woman. Meg Ryan, who is terrified of flying, boards the next airplane for Paris in hope of getting him back. Enter Kevin Kline, a thief who dreams of starting his own vineyard, who helps Ryan through the plane's lift off by igniting an unflattering argument. Later on, Kline ends up helping Ryan get her man back, but they end up falling in love with each other. My stomach was sent romantically aflutter! However, I never once believed that these characters actually loved each other, which is the primary thing a romantic film should provide. Apart from that, Kevin Kline is wonderful and Meg Ryan is good. Starring: Meg Ryan, Kevin Kline, Timothy Hutton, Jean Reno, Francois Cluzet, Susan Anbeh, Renee Humphrey, Michael Riley, Laurent Spielvogel, Victor Garrivier. Directed by: Lawrence Kasdan. C+

Frenzy (1972) R thriller

Frenzy is actually a very good film about serial killers; it's exciting, suspenseful, unpredictable, and most of all, intelligent. A sandy-haired serial killer appears friendly on the outside, but he has an unexpected surprise to unsuspecting women; a necktie placed tightly around their neck. And somebody else gets blamed for all these murders. Alfred Hitchcock directs this film with his usual sense of style except this is his one and only erotic thriller full of graphic violence, sex, and all that good stuff. Starring: Jon Finch, Barry Foster, Barbara Leigh-Hunt, Anna Massey, Alec McCowen, Vivien Merchant, Billie Whitelaw, Clive Swift, Bernard Cribbins, Michael Bates. Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock. B+

Frequency (2000) PG-13 sci-fi

This is an excellent science fiction flick about a 39-year-old guy, who finds his deceased fatherís old ham radio and begins to tinker around with it. One day, he begins talking to a man, who he soon learns is his father 30 years ago Ö only a day before he is supposed to die in a giant fire. Like most anyone would do, he tells his father of his unfortunate fate and ends up regarding it and lives! But what will his being there going to detrimentally affect the chain of events in the past? This is a thrilling and a captivating twilight-zone(ish) treat that most anyone will enjoy. There ought to be more flicks like this! Starring: Dennis Quaid, John Caviezel, Shawn Doyle, Elizabeth Mitchell, Andre Braugher, Noah Emmerich, Marisa Errico. Directed by: Gregory Hoblit. A-

The Freshman (1990) PG crime/comedy

Matthew Broderick plays a film student who ventures into New York City for the first time and promptly has his luggage and most of his possessions stolen from him. It seems rather hopeless for poor Broderick for a while until he notices the thief walking down the street before running wildly after him. He catches up with the thief who apparently gambled Broderick's life savings away, but he is offered a very high paying but risky job. It's a very entertaining comedy that also stars Marlon Brando who spoofs his own Godfather character. I recommend it! Starring: Marlon Brando, Matthew Broderick, Bruno Kirby, Penelope Ann Miller, Frank Whaley, John Polito, Paul Benedict, Richard Gant, Kenneth Welsh, Pamela Payton-Wright, B.D. Wong. Directed by: Andrew Bergman. B+

Friday Night Lights (2004) PG-13 sports

This is a superb sports film that illustrates the brutal realities of high school football. I never gave a crap about football when I was in high school (wellÖ we didnít have a football team, but Ö I still didnít care.) Yet, I cared deeply about these characters in this movie! Itís a tough pill to swallow sometimes, but thatís how itís supposed to be! This ainít as sweet as ďHoosiers,Ē thatís for sure! Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Lucas Black, Garrett Hedlund, Derek Luke, Jay Hernandez, Lee Jackson, Lee Thompson Young, Tim McGraw, Grover Coulson, Connie Britton, Connie Cooper, Kasey Stevens, Ryanne Duzich, Amber Heard, Morgan Farris. Directed by: Peter Berg. A

Friendly Persuasion (1956) NR drama

This film is somewhat overlong and pointless but itís engaging about a group of friendly Quakers and their involvement in the Civil War. Gary Cooper does a fine job in his role as a humble yet daring leader of a Quaker household. This film has lost most of its appeal over the years. Starring: Gary Cooper, Dorothy McGuire, Marjorie Main, Anthony Perkins, Richard Eyer, Robert Middleton, Peter Richman, Walter Catlett. Directed by: William Wyler. B

Friendsgiving (2020) R comedy-drama

I usually like dialog-heavy films with groups of friends being intermittently sarcastic and serious with one another. But this one I just didn't. I didn't laugh at the parts that were supposed to be funny. I wasn't invested enough to care about any of the character's travails. Some decent moments here and there but overall a 'meh' experience. Starring: Malin Akerman, Kat Dennings, Aisha Tyler, Chelsea Peretti, Christine Taylor, Jane Seymour, Deon Cole, Wanda Sykes, Margaret Cho, Fortune Feimster, Jack Donnelly, Ryan Hansen. Directed by: Nicol Paone. C-

Fright Night (2011) R horror

The script, adapted from the 1985 film of the same name, was penned by a Buffy the Vampire Slayer alumna, and it shows. This is bona fide fantasy/horror but with a splash of camp that keeps things from getting too serious. As much as it is on the right track, I find the plot somewhat tedious to unravel. The action sequences get dull, and there's nothing I find particularly chuckle inducing about the script. All in all, this is just an OK vampire film. Give Colin Farrell credit, however, for his sly grinned portrayal of the vampire living next door. Starring: Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, David Tennant, Imogen Poots, Toni Collette, Dave Franco, Reid Ewing, Will Denton, Sandra Vergara, Lisa Loeb, Brian Huskey. Directed by: Nicol Paone. C

From Here To Eternity (1953) NR drama

This dramatic account of a Hawaii Army base in the days before the attack of Pearl Harbor. Montgomery Clift stars as a stubborn ex-boxer whose unit is giving him a hard time for refusing to fight. The all-star cast turns in top-notch performances making this script (which, let's face it, is a tad bit hokey) into what's considered one of the greatest films ever made. Frank Sinatra turns in probably the film's best performance. It will draw you in from the beginning and won't let go of you until the end. Really, if all melodramas were like this, I probably wouldn't hate them. Starring: Montgomery Clift, Burt Lancaster, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed, Frank Sinatra, Ernest Borgnine, Philip Ober, Mickey Shaughnessy, Harry Bellaver, Jack Warden, John Dennis, Merle Travis, Tim Ryan. Directed by: Fred Zinnemann. A+

From Russia With Love (1963) NR spy

Sean Connery stars in this second James Bond outing where he is called for duty in Istanbul to find a Russian decoding device. No! This isnít another tedious Cold War ďthriller.Ē This one is actually interesting, exciting, and awesome! Considered a classic by all James Bond fans and many even consider this the best! If itís not *the best*, then itís pretty close. Starring: Sean Connery, Daniela Bianchi, Pedro Armendariz, Lotte Lenya, Robert Shaw, Bernard Lee, Eunice Gayson, Walter Gotell, Francis de Wolff, George Pastell, Lois Maxwell. Directed by: Terence Young. A-

The Front (1976) PG drama

JWoody Allen stars as a lowly cashier made famous by publishing the works of blacklisted writers in the 50's when America feared Communism. Along with publishing the blacklisted writer's work, he dodges dubious FBI agents who think that Allen is a communist himself. This film is good, but itís not as captivating as it, perhaps, should have been. Itís a worthwhile film, though, featuring a cast of people that were actually blacklisted in that era. This is one of Zero Mostel's final roles. Starring: Woody Allen, Zero Mostel, Herschel Bernardi, Michael Murphy, Andrea Marcovicci, Remak Ramsay, Joshua Shelley, Lloyd Gough. Directed by: Martin Ritt. B

The Fugitive (1993) PG-13 thriller

Who could ask for more? The Fugitive has a perfect cast, an excellent plot, marvelous cinematography, brilliant directing, and exciting chase sequences. This film is pure, unadulterated brain candy! Harrison Ford stars as a man who was wrongly accused of murdering his wife and sentenced to lethal injection. On the way to the prison, his bus crashes allowing him to escape. Ford must use his time wisely to find the man who did it, before he's caught! Itís a fun thrill-ride. Starring: Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones, Sela Ward, Julianne Moore, Joe Pantoliano, Andreas Katsulas, Jeroen Krabbe, Daniel Roebuck, L. Scott Caldwell, Tom Wood, Ron Dean, Joseph Kosala. Directed by: Andrew Davis. A-

Fun With Dick and Jane (2005) PG-13 comedy

Jim Carrey fans certainly should have nothing to complain about this comedy, a remake of the 1977 hit, in which he is given slapstick freedom. He stars as a highly successful and well-paid vice president of a shady company. Unfortunately, when the company becomes the center of a corporate scandal, he is out of the job. Considering his family's lavish lifestyle, and his entire savings was tied up in the company's stock, he quickly goes broke. To sustain the income, he and his wife (Tea Leoni) turn to crime. While it's definitely a funny premise, the sole appeal of this film is in Carrey's performance. If you think he's funny, then by all means, watch this movie. Otherwise, it's basically worthless. Starring: Jim Carrey, Tea Leoni, Alec Baldwin, Richard Jenkins, Carlos Jacott, Richard Burgi, Aaron Michael Drozin. Directed by: Dean Parisot. C

Funny Face (1957) NR musical/dance

A very enjoyable film with a mediocre plot yet with wonderful choreography (which is definitely the filmís best aspect) and a talented cast. Audrey Hepburn stars as a twerpy intellectual who doesnít want to have anything to do with glamour magazines until Fred Astaire comes along and asks her to model in return for a trip to Paris. There Hepburn becomes a popular fashion figure and meets the modern philosopher of her dreams. Fred Astaire and Kay Thompson are excellent singers and dancers, and Audrey Hepburn is good too. Itís the closest thing movies get to replicating a Broadway show; its done with the highest level of style few musicals ever achieve! The direction was superb. This is simply a good musical for all you stupid-ass musical fans to watch. Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire, Kay Thompson, Michel Auclair, Suzy Parker, Ruta Lee. Directed by: Stanley Donen. A-

Funny Girl (1968) NR musical

Barbra Streisand stars in this musical about an ambitious young actress trying to make it big in show business. She starts off as an unknown reject, but makes out to be one of the biggest stars on Broadway. Entertaining, but not as fresh or exciting a film like this should be. The songs are only mediocre, sung at great lengths by Streisand who gave an Oscar winning performance. Fans of Streisand or musicals are sure to enjoy this. Starring: Barbra Sreisand, Omar Sharif, Kay Medford, Anne Francis, Walter Pidgeon, Lee Allen, Gerald Mohr. Directed by: William Wyler. B-

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966) NR musical

Joyous musical about Roman slave Pseudolus, played by Zero Mostel, doing everything he can to provide his young master with the love of his life in exchange for freedom. Pseudolus will stop at nothing to carry this out even if there are some mild insignificant hurdles to clear (i.e. she's already engaged to a powerful and very large Roman general). The songs are good and the material is funny. The cast members that also include Phil Silvers, Buster Keaton and Jack Gilford are absolutely priceless! Starring: Zero Mostel, Phil Silvers, Jack Gilford, Buster Keaton, Michael Crawford, Michael Hordern, Annette Andre, Patricia Jessel, Leon Greene, Inga Nelson. Directed by: Richard Lester. B+

F/X (1986) R action

This above average action flick stars features a charming lead performance by Bryan Brown, who plays a special effects wizard who is hired to stage a fake assassination. Unfortunately, he soon discovers that he is wanted for the guyís murder and he has to run away from people. An exciting film. Very 80s. Starring: Bryan Brown, Brian Dennehy, Diane Venora, Cliff De Young, Mason Adams, Jerry Orbach, Joe Grifasi, Martha Grehman. Directed by: Robert Mandel. B

F/X 2 (1991) PG-13 action

This silly sequel finds Bryan Brown running away from guys again. The filmís overloaded with gimmicks and silly gags. Brown makes a solid lead but this action film is not all too exciting. The end was evidently inspired by Home Alone. Starring: Bryan Brown, Brian Dennehy, Rachel Ticotin, Joanna Gleason, Philip Bosco, Kevin J. OíConnor, Dominic Zamprogna, Josie de Guzman, John Walsh. Directed by: Richard Franklin. C-

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