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Godzilla 2000 (2000)

For all of Godzilla 2000's noisy, confused symbolism, its central message is as clear and simple as it was when the series first got underway: what's inside can kill.


From Hell (2001)

The real subject is the street, or rather, the street as a cultural concept, simultaneously brutal and beautiful.


Felicia’s Journey (1999)

“Don’t let it go too far,” the Felicia of this film’s title is advised, as she searches for the father of her unborn


Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)

The invasion is not from without, per se, but from, and, as Ripley noted so insightfully in 'Alien 3', 'It's a metaphor.' And when 'Final Fantasy' pauses to engage this question, most notably in Aki's dreams, it's onto something.


Felicia’s Journey (1999)

The Canadian-based filmmaker Atom Egoyan has taken a different approach to the serial killer in his new film, Felicia's Journey. There's not much here that you would call sensational, no decapitated corpses, no flayed flesh, no nymphets taking ominous phone calls. Rather, the movie follows two characters, neither particularly introspective or self-aware, and both feeling nostalgia for what never was.


Fantasia 2000 (2000) - PopMatters Film Review )

With IMAX, the medium is at least half the message, as watching the “Welcome to the IMAX Experience” montage at the beginning of each IMAX


Final Destination (2000)

Everything about Final Destination probably looks demented, if not downright silly. If you've seen the trailers playing for a couple of weeks now on youth-oriented TV, you will have seen the lame plot (a kid keeps his friends off a plane flight doomed to explode), ooky wind and thunder effects, the sweaty-faced and way too pale teens, and most effectively, Tony Todd's ominous rasp, 'You can't cheat death!'"


Frequency (2000)

Given Frequency's premise -- a son talks to his father who's been dead for 30 years via the old family HAM radio -- I didn't have much hope that the film would be good.


15 Minutes (2001)

Every woman in '15 Minutes' is a function of the film's overriding theme, that tabloid culture is all about getting a rise out of otherwise cynical cops and villains, reporters and viewers.


From Hell (2001)

'From Hell' is the story of a disturbed man on the trail of a madman -- an exploration of the minds of killer and the man sent to stop him.


Faithless (Trolosa) (2000)

For all the havoc the adults wreak on one another, the film's most harrowing moments concern the child. "


The Forsaken (2001)

It's hardly a new idea to call vampirism a virus. Nor is it original to portray it as a spiritual scourge, a youthful disorder, or even a politically charged plague.


The Filth and the Fury (2000)

If director Julien Temple had chosen to explore the implications of his opening sequence, he might well have produced a film about punk as a movement instead of a rockumentary about a particular band.


The Filth and the Fury (2000)

Directed by Julien Temple, who also helmed McLaren's original myth-making film project, 'The Filth' frames the tragicomedy of the Pistols with a keen sense of its cultural and historical context.


Fever (2001)

Who knew, dude? Alex Winter (Bill, of the original dumb and dumber duo, Bill & Ted) is actually an intelligent and promising writer/director. In


Flawless (1999)

These are the first of many derogatory adjectives that come to my mind when trying to describe writer-director Joel Schumacher's new film, Flawless, which stars Robert DeNiro and Philip Seymour Hoffman (the latter being one of my favorite character actors, who has, sadly, two recent misses with Flawless and The Talented Mr. Ripley).


The Five Senses (1999)

It's about the ways that your senses are deluded and depressed by daily emotional beat-downs, the kinds of events that are so routine, they hardly register, except by their long-term effects.


Fat Girl (2001)

The sex in 'Fat Girl' is an all-consuming, character-defining process of sorting through emotions and attitudes that convincingly perplexes these girls.


The Family Man (2000)

‘Tis the season for those feel-good holiday movies. You know, the ones where Fate arrives in one form or another to teach us a lesson.


The Fantasticks (2000)

The release of a new movie musical is almost as rare as an appearance of Hailey’s Comet. The genre would be extinct, were it


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