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1996: World Premieres
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The Movies of 1996: World Premieres
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 Beautiful Thing Dir. Hettie Macdonald. With Glen Berry, Linda Henry, Scott Neal B+
 Blood and Wine Dir. Bob Rafelson. With Jack Nicholson, Stephen Dorff, Michael Caine B+
 Crash Dir. David Cronenberg. With James Spader, Deborah Kara Unger, Elias Koteas, Holly Hunter A–
 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+
 Female Perversions Dir. Susan Streitfeld. With Tilda Swinton, Amy Madigan, Karen Sillas B+
 Hollow Reed Dir. Angela Pope. With Martin Donovan, Joely Richardson, Sam Bould B–
 Irma Vep Dir. Olivier Assayas. With Maggie Cheung, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Nathalie Richard A
 The Long Kiss Goodnight Dir. Renny Harlin. With Geena Davis, Samuel L. Jackson C+
 The Pillow Book Dir. Peter Greenaway. With Vivian Wu, Ken Ogata, Ewan McGregor B+
 The Portrait of a Lady Dir. Jane Campion. With Nicole Kidman, John Malkovich A
 Ransom Dir. Ron Howard. With Mel Gibson, René Russo, Gary Sinise, Delroy Lindo B–
 Schizopolis Dir. Steven Soderbergh. With Steven Soderbergh, Betsy Brantley, David Jensen B
 Surviving Picasso Dir. James Ivory. With Anthony Hopkins, Natascha McElhone, Julianne Moore D+
 Trainspotting Dir. Danny Boyle. With Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle B
 Twelfth Night Dir. Trevor Nunn. With Imogen Stubbs, Helena Bonham Carter, Ben Kingsley B–

Full Listing of Films Screened

Beautiful Thing Dir. Hettie Macdonald. With Glen Berry, Linda Henry, Scott Neal B+
Beavis and Butt-head Do America Dir. Mike Judge. Animated. Voice of Mike Judge C–
Before and After Dir. Barbet Schroeder. With Meryl Streep, Liam Neeson, Edward Furlong D–
Big Night Dirs. Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott. With Stanley Tucci, Tony Shalhoub A–
Blood and Wine Dir. Bob Rafelson. With Jack Nicholson, Stephen Dorff, Michael Caine B+
Bound Dirs. Larry and Andy Wachowski. With Gina Gershon, Jennifer Tilly, Joe Pantoliano A–
Breaking the Waves Dir. Lars von Trier. With Emily Watson, Stellan Skarsgård, Katrin Cartlidge A–
Butterflies on the Scaffold Dirs. Margaret Gilpin and Luis Felipe Bernaza. Documentary B

Children of the Revolution Dir. Peter Duncan. With Judy Davis, Geoffrey Rush B–
A Couch in New York Dir. Chantal Akerman. With Juliette Binoche, William Hurt D–
Crash Dir. David Cronenberg. With James Spader, Deborah Kara Unger, Elias Koteas, Holly Hunter A–
Cremaster 1 Dir. Matthew Barney. With Marti Domination, Anne Bannert, Juliette Vassilkio B+
The Crucible Dir. Nicholas Hytner. With Daniel Day-Lewis, Winona Ryder, Joan Allen B

The Delta Dir. Ira Sachs. With Shayne Gray, Thang Chan, Rachel Zan Huss, Colonious David B

East Palace, West Palace Dir. Zhang Yuan. With Han Si, Hu Jun, Ye Jing, Zhao Wei B
The English Patient Dir. Anthony Minghella. With Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche B+
Everyone Says I Love You Dir. Woody Allen. With Woody Allen, Drew Barrymore, Goldie Hawn B

Fargo Dir. Joel Coen. With William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare A
Female Perversions Dir. Susan Streitfeld. With Tilda Swinton, Amy Madigan, Karen Sillas B
Fire Dir. Deepa Mehta. With Nandita Das, Shabana Azmi, Kulbushan Kharbanda, Ranjit Chowdhry 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–

Gabbeh Dir. Mohsen Makhmalbaf. With Shaghayeh Djodat, Rogheih Moharami, Hossein Moharami B+
Ghosts of Mississippi Dir. Rob Reiner. With Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg, James Woods C–
Girl 6 Dir. Spike Lee. With Theresa Randle, Spike Lee, Jenifer Lewis, Isaiah Washington, Debi Mazar B

Hard Eight Dir. Paul Thomas Anderson. With Philip Baker Hall, John C. Reilly, Gwyneth Paltrow B
Hollow Reed Dir. Angela Pope. With Martin Donovan, Joely Richardson, Sam Bould B–

I Love You, I Love You Not Dir. Billy Hopkins. With Claire Danes, Jeanne Moreau, Jude Law D
I Shot Andy Warhol Dir. Mary Harron. With Lili Taylor, Jared Harris, Stephen Dorff B
If These Walls Could Talk Dirs. Nancy Savoca, Cher. TV Movie. With Demi Moore C+
Irma Vep Dir. Olivier Assayas. With Maggie Cheung, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Nathalie Richard A

Jerry Maguire Dir. Cameron Crowe. With Tom Cruise, Renée Zellweger, Cuba Gooding Jr. A–
Jingle All the Way Dir. Brian Levant. With Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sinbad, Phil Hartman F
Jude Dir. Michael Winterbottom. With Christopher Eccleston, Kate Winslet, Liam Cunningham B+

Kansas City Dir. Robert Altman. With Jennifer Jason Leigh, Miranda Richardson, Harry Belafonte B
Kissed Dir. Lynne Stopkewich. With Molly Parker, Peter Outerbridge, Jay Brazeau, Natasha Morley B

Lilies Dir. John Greyson. With Danny Gilmore, Jason Cadieux, Matthew Ferguson, Aubert Pallascio B–
Lone Star Dir. John Sayles. With Chris Cooper, Elizabeth Peña, Kris Kristofferson, Joe Morton A–
The Long Kiss Goodnight Dir. Renny Harlin. With Geena Davis, Samuel L. Jackson C+

Mars Attacks! Dir. Tim Burton. With Jack Nicholson, Jim Brown, Annette Bening, Lukas Haas B
Marvin's Room Dir. Jerry Zaks. With Diane Keaton, Meryl Streep, Leonardo DiCaprio B–
A Moment of Innocence Dir. Mohsen Makhmalbaf. With Mirhadi Tayebi, Mohsen Makmalbaf A–
Mother Dir. Albert Brooks. With Albert Brooks, Debbie Reynolds, Rob Morrow, Lisa Kudrow B–

The Nutty Professor Dir. Tom Shadyac. With Eddie Murphy, Jada Pinkett, Larry Miller B+

The People vs. Larry Flynt Dir. Miloš Forman. With Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love B
The Pillow Book Dir. Peter Greenaway. With Vivian Wu, Ken Ogata, Ewan McGregor B+
Ponette Dir. Jacques Doillon. With Victoire Thivisol, Delphine Schlitz, Matiaz Bureau Caton B+
The Portrait of a Lady Dir. Jane Campion. With Nicole Kidman, John Malkovich A
Private Confessions Dir. Liv Ullmann. With Pernilla August, Max von Sydow, Thomas Hanzon B+

Ransom Dir. Ron Howard. With Mel Gibson, René Russo, Gary Sinise, Delroy Lindo, Lili Taylor B–
The Rock Dir. Michael Bay. With Nicolas Cage, Sean Connery, Ed Harris, Michael Biehn B

Schizopolis Dir. Steven Soderbergh. With Steven Soderbergh, Betsy Brantley, David Jensen B
Scream Dir. Wes Craven. With Neve Campbell, Skeet Ulrich, Rose McGowan, Drew Barrymore B
Secrets & Lies Dir. Mike Leigh. With Brenda Blethyn, Timothy Spall, Marianne Jean-Baptiste A–
Set It Off Dir. F. Gary Gray. With Jada Pinkett, Vivica A. Fox, Queen Latifah, Kimberly Elise B–
Surviving Picasso Dir. James Ivory. With Anthony Hopkins, Natascha McElhone, Julianne Moore D+

Too Late Dir. Lucian Pintilie. With Razvan Vasilescu, Mircea Rusu, Dorel Visan, Cecilia Bârbora A
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
Twelfth Night Dir. Trevor Nunn. With Imogen Stubbs, Helena Bonham Carter, Ben Kingsley B–

Unhook the Stars Dir. Nick Cassavetes. With Gena Rowlands, Marisa Tomei, Jake Lloyd B

Waiting for Guffman Dir. Christopher Guest. With Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy, Fred Willard B
Walking and Talking Dir. Nicole Holofcener. With Catherine Keener, Anne Heche, Liev Schreiber B+
The Watermelon Woman Dir. Cheryl Dunye. With Cheryl Dunye, Valarie Walker B+
William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet Dir. Baz Luhrmann. With Leonardo DiCaprio B

You Don't Know Dick Dirs Candace Schermerhorn and Bestor Cram. Documentary B

In Need of Reappraisal
The memories are fading, but they're somewhere in my brain

Basquiat Dir. Julian Schnabel. With Jeffrey Wright, Claire Forlani, Benicio Del Toro
Beautiful Girls Dir. Ted Demme. With Timothy Hutton, Matt Dillon, Michael Rapaport
The Birdcage Dir. Mike Nichols. With Robin Williams, Nathan Lane, Gene Hackman

Citizen Ruth Dir. Alexander Payne. With Laura Dern, Swoosie Kurtz, Mary Kay Place
Courage Under Fire Dir. Edward Zwick. With Denzel Washington, Meg Ryan, Matt Damon

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
Executive Suite Dir. Stuart Baird. With Kurt Russell, Steven Seagal, John Leguizamo, Whip Hubley

Gray's Anatomy Dir. Steven Soderbergh. Spalding Gray's monologue about battle with eye disease

Hamlet Dir. Kenneth Branagh. With Kenneth Branagh, Julie Christie, Derek Jacobi, Kate Winslet
The Hunchback of Notre Dame Dirs. Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise. Animated

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

Mary Reilly Dir. Stephen Frears. With Julia Roberts, John Malkovich, George Cole, Glenn Close
The Mirror Has Two Faces Dir. Barbra Streisand. With Barbra Streisand, Jeff Bridges
Mission: Impossible Dir. Brian De Palma. With Tom Cruise, Emmanuelle Béart, Jon Voight
Mr. Wrong Dir. Nick Castle. With Ellen DeGeneres, Bill Pullman, Joan Cusack, John Livingston

Nénette et Boni Dir. Claire Danes. With Grégoire Colin, Alice Houri, Jacques Nolot, Vincent Gallo

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
Primal Fear Dir. Gregory Hoblit. With Richard Gere, Edward Norton, Laura Linney, John Mahoney

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
Stealing Beauty Dir. Bernardo Bertolucci. With Liv Tyler, Jeremy Irons, Sinéad Cusack, Rachel Weisz

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

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