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  • Flaming Creatures

    Forget everything you might have heard about Jack Smith's legendary bisexual, orgiastic, superlow-budget experimental masterpiece (1963)—a lot more is going on here, artistically and otherwise, than either Jonas Mekas or Susan Sontag ever suggested. more...
  • Flanders

    A rustic in every respect, French director Bruno Dumont (The Life of Jesus, L'Humanité) was out of his element when he traveled to the U.S. for the lamentable Twentynine Palms (2003). more...
  • Flight of the Phoenix

    A plane carrying 14 people from Mongolia to China gets caught in a sandstorm and crash-lands in the Gobi Desert, where the chances of rescue or survival are slim. more...
  • Floating Clouds

    Mikio Naruse belongs with Ozu and Mizoguchi in the great classical tradition of Japanese cinema, though he remains almost unknown to American audiences. more...
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  • Floating Weeds

    A theatrical troupe visits a provincial town where the leading actor discovers his former mistress and illegitimate son. more...
  • Floored

    In this revealing documentary about the commodities market, James Allen Smith tries to untangle the knots of shouting men on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade. more...
  • Flow: For Love of Water

    Director Irena Salina juggles a staggering amount of information in this smart advocacy documentary, an urgent call to protect the earth's freshwater supplies. more...
  • A Flower in Hell

    What's reportedly the first on-screen kiss in Korean cinema appears in this potent and grim 1958 melodrama by Shin Sang-ok, set in Seoul after the Korean war. more...
  • The Flower of My Secret

    Pedro Almodovar's 1995 comic melodrama seems in many ways his most mature work, in theme as well as execution—it's the movie of a professional bad boy who's finally growing up. more...
  • Flowers of Shanghai

    Based on a famous 19th-century Chinese novel, Hou Hsiao-hsien's 1998 drama is set in an upscale Shanghai brothel, a claustrophobic artificial paradise where courtesans and their upper-class clients smoke opium, argue about money, and indulge in witty gossip. more...
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  • The Flowers of War (R)

    This historical drama by Chinese director Zhang Yimou may not stack up to his magisterial actioner House of Flying Daggers (2004), but it's more focused and deeply felt than his last three U.S. releases (Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles, Curse of the Golden Flower, and A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop). more...
  • Flowing (NR)

    Brimful and elusive, like the Heraclitean river that forever moves while standing still, Mikio Naruse's 1956 masterpiece, about a geisha house come on hard times (and not incidentally running athwart modernizing currents in Japanese culture), poises at the indefinable edge of variation and stasis, between evanescent incident and immutable form. more...
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