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Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018)

Michael Moore’s output during the Obama years confirms the obvious: just as a ship needs a rudder, the director is nothing without a Republican commander-in-chief to shepherd his contempt. Still, credit Moore with finding fault in Mrs. Clinton’s pampered approach to politics. (His was the only liberal voice to predict ... (R)

1.0 starsScott Marks

Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

Michael Moore's blistering critique of the Bush administration in toto and its War on Terror in particular (just in time for the 2004 presidential campaign, too) is at bottom a pair of devil's horns drawn on the head of Dubya. But if Moore were only making fun, he'd only be ... (R)

4.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

Failure to Launch (2006)

This romantic-comic bauble by Tom Dey has a definite situation, namely a mid-thirties stud still living at home with his parents. If the situation were born of any necessity -- financial, psychological, medical, or otherwise -- the film might additionally have had a subject. But since the situation is only ... (PG-13)

0.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

Fair Game (2010)

The Valerie Plame, Joseph Wilson Affair, retold from their side, the covert CIA agent unmasked and defamed in retaliation for her husband’s op‑ed critique of the invasion of Iraq. Quite incoherent in its exposition, although because it’s a true and a well-reported story, we know where we’re headed; and quite ... (PG-13)

1.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

Fair Game (1995)

Another lawyer joke, or litigable libel: casting "supermodel" Cindy Crawford as a Miami civil attorney. (Champion of downtrodden Cubans, she doesn't even know how to pronounce the name Juantorena, though she can pass muster jogging on the beach at sunrise, or during two shower scenes, one sex scene, one on-screen ... (R)

0.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

Fairy Tale: A True Story (1997)

We see them for ourselves, these Spirits of the Air, buzzing around the wooded nook like dragonflies, we and two wee girls of eight and twelve; and then we sit back and watch as the benighted grownups of WWI-time England debate their existence. The plodding attention to the historical "facts" ... (PG)

1.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

Faithful (1996)

Chatty hitman in polemical discussion with his intended target, his client, and (by phone) his analyst. Contrived and tedious talkfest adapted from his own stage play by Chazz Palminteri, who also plays the hitman, and "opened up" with redundantly illustrative flashbacks. Cher, Ryan O'Neal, Paul Mazursky; directed by Mazursky. (R)

0.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

A Faithful Man (L'homme fidele ) (2018)

COMING SOON: Matthew Lickona's Review! (NR)

None stars

Faith, Hope & Love (2019)

Faith-based rom-com starring Peta Murgatroyd, Robert Krantz, and Ed Asner. (PG)

None stars

Faithless (2000)

A screenplay by Ingmar Bergman placed into the directorial, or custodial, hands of one of his former actresses and off-screen lovers, Liv Ullmann. (Not their first such collaboration: see Private Confessions, 1997.) The plain lettering and plain background of the opening credits, the absence of any music behind them, the ... (R)

0.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

The Falcon and the Snowman (1985)

Code names, those are, of two young Americans, one an amateur falconer and National Security employee, the other a drug dealer and user, who sell state secrets to the Soviet embassy in Mexico City. John Schlesinger's version of Robert Lindsey's nonfiction best-seller provides adequate information on the how and the ... (R)

2.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

The Fall (2008)

The second film by the one-name Tarsem (unused surname, Singh) differs by two letters from his first film, The Cell. It differs by little in other ways as well, a gagging phantasmagoria of debased and diluted surrealism. (Suggested title for his next opus: The Pill.) The story, a fiction-within-fiction wherein ... (R)

1.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

Fallen (1998)

Down-to-earth flatfoot (Denzel Washington, always good to look at, to watch closely, to study) on the trail of an otherworldly serial killer, a fallen angel called Azazel, who has the ability, while manifesting no form of his own, to move from body to body at the merest touch. This makes ... (R)

1.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

Fallen Angel (1945)

Otto Preminger's plunge into wartime fatalism and pessimism. Nice nocturnal atmosphere and bluesy mood, but routine and mechanical in its marriage-for-money plot. With Dana Andrews, Alice Faye, Linda Darnell, Charles Bickford, Anne Revere, John Carradine. (NR)

2.0 starsDuncan Shepherd