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1996: World Premieres
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The Movies of 1996: U.S. Releases
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Top Ten List

1. Fargo Dir. Joel Coen. With William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare A
2. The Portrait of a Lady Dir. Jane Campion. With Nicole Kidman, John Malkovich A
3. Breaking the Waves Dir. Lars von Trier. With Emily Watson, Stellan Skarsgård, Katrin Cartlidge A–
4. Secrets & Lies Dir. Mike Leigh. With Brenda Blethyn, Timothy Spall, Marianne Jean-Baptiste A–
5. Bound Dirs. Larry and Andy Wachowski. With Gina Gershon, Jennifer Tilly, Joe Pantoliano A–
6. Jerry Maguire Dir. Cameron Crowe. With Tom Cruise, Renée Zellweger, Cuba Gooding Jr. A–
7. Lone Star Dir. John Sayles. With Chris Cooper, Elizabeth Peña, Kris Kristofferson, Joe Morton A–
8. Big Night Dirs. Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott. With Stanley Tucci, Tony Shalhoub A–
9. The White Balloon Dir. Jafar Panahi. With Aida Mohammadkhani, Mohsen Kafili B+
10. Chungking Express Dir. Wong Kar-wai. With Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Faye Wong, Brigitte Lin B+

(Click here for my original Top Ten)

Remainder of Films Screened

Beautiful Thing Dir. Hettie Macdonald. With Glen Berry, Linda Henry, Scott Neal B+
Cemetery Man Dir. Michele Soavi. With Rupert Everett, François Hadji-Lazaro, Anna Falchi B+
Cremaster 1 Dir. Matthew Barney. With Marti Domination, Anne Bannert, Juliette Vassilkio B+
The English Patient Dir. Anthony Minghella. With Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche B+
Jude Dir. Michael Winterbottom. With Christopher Eccleston, Kate Winslet, Liam Cunningham B+
Life and Nothing More Dir. Abbas Kiarostami. With Farhad Kheradmand, Buba Bayour B+
The Neon Bible Dir. Terence Davies. With Jacob Tierney, Gena Rowlands, Drake Bell B+
The Nutty Professor Dir. Tom Shadyac. With Eddie Murphy, Jada Pinkett, Larry Miller B+
Two Friends Dir. Jane Campion. With Emma Coles, Kris Bidenko, Kris McQuade, Peter Hehir B+
Walking and Talking Dir. Nicole Holofcener. With Catherine Keener, Anne Heche, Liev Schreiber B+

Angels and Insects Dir. Philip Haas. With Mark Rylance, Patsy Kensit, Kristin Scott Thomas B
Bye-Bye Dir. Karim Dridi. With Sami Bouajila, Ouassani Embarek, Philippe Ambrosini B
Le Confessionnal Dir. Robert Lepage. With Lothaire Bluteau, Patrick Goyette, Jean-Louis Millette B
The Crucible Dir. Nicholas Hytner. With Daniel Day-Lewis, Winona Ryder, Joan Allen B
Dead Man Dir. Jim Jarmusch. With Johnny Depp, Gary Farmer, Lance Henriksen, Michael Wincott B
Everyone Says I Love You Dir. Woody Allen. With Woody Allen, Drew Barrymore, Goldie Hawn B
The Flower of My Secret Dir. Pedro Almodóvar. With Marisa Paredes, Juan Echanove B
Girl 6 Dir. Spike Lee. With Theresa Randle, Spike Lee, Jenifer Lewis, Isaiah Washington, Debi Mazar B
La Haine Dir. Mathieu Kassovitz. With Vincent Cassel, Hubert Koundé, Saïd Taghmaoui B
I Shot Andy Warhol Dir. Mary Harron. With Lili Taylor, Jared Harris, Stephen Dorff B
Kansas City Dir. Robert Altman. With Jennifer Jason Leigh, Miranda Richardson, Harry Belafonte B
Land and Freedom Dir. Ken Loach. With Ian Hart, Rosana Pastor, Tom Gilroy, Marc Martínez B
Mars Attacks! Dir. Tim Burton. With Jack Nicholson, Jim Brown, Annette Bening, Lukas Haas B
The People vs. Larry Flynt Dir. Miloš Forman. With Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love B
The Rock Dir. Michael Bay. With Nicolas Cage, Sean Connery, Ed Harris, Michael Biehn B
Scream Dir. Wes Craven. With Neve Campbell, Skeet Ulrich, Rose McGowan, Drew Barrymore B
The Tale of the Three Jewels Dir. Michel Khleifi. With Mohammed Nahnal, Hana' Ne'meh B
Trainspotting Dir. Danny Boyle. With Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle B
The Truth About Cats & Dogs Dir. Michael Lehmann. With Janeane Garofalo, Uma Thurman B
Unhook the Stars Dir. Nick Cassavetes. With Gena Rowlands, Marisa Tomei, Jake Lloyd B
William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet Dir. Baz Luhrmann. With Leonardo DiCaprio B

The First Wives Club Dir. Hugh Hudson. With Diane Keaton, Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler B–
Flirting with Disaster Dir. David O. Russell. With Ben Stiller, Patricia Arquette, Téa Leoni B–
Marvin's Room Dir. Jerry Zaks. With Diane Keaton, Meryl Streep, Leonardo DiCaprio B–
Mother Dir. Albert Brooks. With Albert Brooks, Debbie Reynolds, Rob Morrow, Lisa Kudrow B–
Ransom Dir. Ron Howard. With Mel Gibson, René Russo, Gary Sinise, Delroy Lindo, Lili Taylor B–
Rude Dir. Clement Virgo. With Maurice Dean Wint, Richard Chevolleau, Rachael Crawford B–
Set It Off Dir. F. Gary Gray. With Jada Pinkett, Vivica A. Fox, Queen Latifah, Kimberly Elise B–
Twelfth Night Dir. Trevor Nunn. With Imogen Stubbs, Helena Bonham Carter, Ben Kingsley B–

If These Walls Could Talk Dirs. Nancy Savoca, Cher. TV Movie. With Demi Moore C+
The Long Kiss Goodnight Dir. Renny Harlin. With Geena Davis, Samuel L. Jackson C+

Under the Domim Tree Dir. Eli Cohen. With Kaipu Cohen, Riki Blich, Ohad Knoller C

Beavis and Butt-head Do America Dir. Mike Judge. Animated. Voice of Mike Judge C–
Ghosts of Mississippi Dir. Rob Reiner. With Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg, James Woods C–
Tarantella Dir. Helen De Michiel. With Mira Sorvino, Rose Gregorio, Matthew Lillard C–

Someone Else's America Dir. Goran Paskaljević. With Miki Manojlović, Tom Conti D+
Surviving Picasso Dir. James Ivory. With Anthony Hopkins, Natascha McElhone, Julianne Moore D+

Denise Calls Up Dir. Hal Salwen. With Caroleen Feeney, Liev Schreiber, Dan Gunther D
Frisk Dir. Todd Verow. With Michael Gunther, Raoul O'Connor, Craig Chester, Parker Posey D

Before and After Dir. Barbet Schroeder. With Meryl Streep, Liam Neeson, Edward Furlong D–

Antonia's Line Dir. Marleen Gorris. With Willeke Van Ammelrooy, Els Dottermans F
Jingle All the Way Dir. Brian Levant. With Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sinbad, Phil Hartman F

In Need of Reappraisal

Fetching
Basquiat Dir. Julian Schnabel. With Jeffrey Wright, Claire Forlani, Benicio Del Toro
The Hunchback of Notre Dame Dirs. Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise. Animated
Mission: Impossible Dir. Brian De Palma. With Tom Cruise, Emmanuelle Béart, Jon Voight
Welcome to the Dollhouse Dir. Todd Solondz. With Heather Matarazzo, Brendan Sexton, Jr.
 
Fair
Beautiful Girls Dir. Ted Demme. With Timothy Hutton, Matt Dillon, Michael Rapaport
The Birdcage Dir. Mike Nichols. With Robin Williams, Nathan Lane, Gene Hackman
Butterfly Kiss Dir. Michael Winterbottom. With Amanda Plummer, Saskia Reeves
The Celluloid Closet Dirs. Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman. Documentary on LGBT cinema
Citizen Ruth Dir. Alexander Payne. With Laura Dern, Swoosie Kurtz, Mary Kay Place
Cold Comfort Farm Dir. John Schlesinger. With Kate Beckinsale, Eileen Atkins, Rufus Sewell
Courage Under Fire Dir. Edward Zwick. With Denzel Washington, Meg Ryan, Matt Damon
Dadetown Dir. Russ Hexter. With Bill Garrison, Edith Meeks, Stephen Beals, Valerie Gilbert
Diabolique Dir. Jeremiah Chechik. With Isabelle Adjani, Sharon Stone, Chazz Palminteri
Emma Dir. Douglas McGrath. With Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeremy Northam, Toni Collette, Greta Scacchi
Evita Dir. Alan Parker. With Madonna, Antonio Banderas, Jonathan Pryce, Jimmy Nail
Hamlet Dir. Kenneth Branagh. With Kenneth Branagh, Julie Christie, Derek Jacobi, Kate Winslet
Institute Benjamenta Dirs. The Brothers Quay. With Mark Rylance, Alice Krige, Gottfried John
Mary Reilly Dir. Stephen Frears. With Julia Roberts, John Malkovich, George Cole, Glenn Close
Mr. Wrong Dir. Nick Castle. With Ellen DeGeneres, Bill Pullman, Joan Cusack, John Livingston
The Pallbearer Dir. Matt Reeves. With David Schwimmer, Gwyneth Paltrow, Barbara Hershey
Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills Dirs. Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky
Shine Dir. Scott Hicks. With Geoffrey Rush, Noah Taylor, Armin Mueller-Stahl, John Gielgud
Sling Blade Dir. Billy Bob Thornton. With Billy Bob Thornton, Lucas Black, Natalie Canerday
Les Voleurs Dir. André Téchiné. With Daniel Auteuil, Laurence Cote, Catherine Deneuve
The Whole Wide World Dir. Dan Ireland. With Renée Zellweger, Vincent D'Onofrio
 
Feh
Independence Day Dir. Roland Emmerich. With Bill Pullman, Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum
Jane Eyre Dir. Franco Zeffirelli. With Charlotte Gainsbourg, William Hurt, Anna Paquin, Fiona Shaw
The Mirror Has Two Faces Dir. Barbra Streisand. With Barbra Streisand, Jeff Bridges
Primal Fear Dir. Gregory Hoblit. With Richard Gere, Edward Norton, Laura Linney, John Mahoney
Stealing Beauty Dir. Bernardo Bertolucci. With Liv Tyler, Jeremy Irons, Sinéad Cusack, Rachel Weisz
Sweet Nothing Dir. Gary Winick. With Michael Imperioli, Mira Sorvino, Paul Calderon
A Time to Kill Dir. Joel Schumacher. With Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock
Twister Dir. Jan De Bont. With Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton, Jami Gertz, Cary Elwes, Alan Ruck
 
Flotsam
Executive Suite Dir. Stuart Baird. With Kurt Russell, Steven Seagal, John Leguizamo, Whip Hubley