Movie Titles: F

Frequency

Frequency

Frequency is the perfect example of a "high concept" movie. This particular high concept creates a series of unusual solar flare-ups that somehow enable 1999 cop Jim Caviezel to communicate, via shortwave radio, with his late fireman father (Dennis Quaid) back in 1969. After he gives Dad some information that winds up saving the old man's life, Caviezel realizes that… read more!

Frida

Frida

Great-looking but bland biography of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. Apparently this film was a real labor of love for its star Salma Hayek (she's also credited as a producer). Which makes me wonder if the reason she hasn't been in many films lately is because she'd been so focused on getting this one off the ground, or if the reason… read more!

From Hell

From Hell

Much has been made of the "surprise" that Albert and Allen Hughes, two African-American filmmakers who made the urban crime dramas Menace II Society and Dead Presidents, would helm a film set in Victorian London, working with an all-white cast. As if they were only allowed to make "black" films! Some critics tried to justify it by saying the Hugheses… read more!

Frost/Nixon

Frost/Nixon

This tense retelling of the historic televised interviews between British talk show host David Frost and recently resigned US president Richard Nixon is not at all the talkfest you might suspect, but is actually structured like a boxing movie, with each contender training, honing his strategy, entering the ring, taking his blows, then retreating to the corner to confer with… read more!

Frozen

Frozen

I am, it appears, the last person on Earth to see Frozen. I avoided it at the start because it just seemed like another cloying Disney princess movie. And also because, despite Pixar's disappointing product post-Toy Story 3, I remain stubbornly and stupidly skeptical about any CG animated films that don't come out of the Pixar factory. (This needs to… read more!

Fruitvale Station

Fruitvale Station

This dramatization of the final day in the life of Oscar Grant III, a young black man who was accidentally shot by a transit cop at the titular BART station in Oakland in the early hours of New Year's Day, 2009, certainly has good intentions. Writer/director Coogler, who hails from nearby Richmond, sought to help audiences see Grant as a… read more!

Fulltime Killer

Fulltime Killer

Remember when everybody was going nuts over Hong Kong action pictures some 10 years ago? Well, they're still cranking them out, even if American film geek faddists have moved on. Case in point: Fulltime Killer, a wild drama about two dueling hit men - one Chinese (played by tireless Hong Kong superstar Andy Lau), one Japanese (Takashi Sorimachi) - and… read more!

The Future

The Future

July's long-awaited followup to her wonderful debut┬áMe and You and Everyone We Know is every bit a proper Miranda July work, in that it explores her usual obsessions with communication, loneliness, guilt, sexuality, and repulsive '80s fashion. But it takes a murkier, gloomier path than her last film. July once again stars, this time as a woman in an empty… read more!