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1996: World Premieres
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1996: Still Left to See
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The Movies of 1996: World Premieres
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Top Ten List

1. Irma Vep Dir. Olivier Assayas. With Maggie Cheung, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Nathalie Richard A
2. Too Late Dir. Lucian Pintilie. With Razvan Vasilescu, Mircea Rusu, Dorel Visan, Cecilia Bârbora A
3. Fargo Dir. Joel Coen. With William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare A
4. The Portrait of a Lady Dir. Jane Campion. With Nicole Kidman, John Malkovich A
5. Breaking the Waves Dir. Lars von Trier. With Emily Watson, Stellan Skarsgård, Katrin Cartlidge A–
6. A Moment of Innocence Dir. Mohsen Makhmalbaf. With Mirhadi Tayebi, Mohsen Makmalbaf A–
7. Crash Dir. David Cronenberg. With James Spader, Deborah Kara Unger, Elias Koteas, Holly Hunter A–
8. Secrets & Lies Dir. Mike Leigh. With Brenda Blethyn, Timothy Spall, Marianne Jean-Baptiste A–
9. Bound Dirs. Larry and Andy Wachowski. With Gina Gershon, Jennifer Tilly, Joe Pantoliano A–
10. Jerry Maguire Dir. Cameron Crowe. With Tom Cruise, Renée Zellweger, Cuba Gooding Jr. A–


Remainder of Films Screened

Big Night Dirs. Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott. With Stanley Tucci, Tony Shalhoub A–
Lone Star Dir. John Sayles. With Chris Cooper, Elizabeth Peña, Kris Kristofferson, Joe Morton A–

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+
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+
Gabbeh Dir. Mohsen Makhmalbaf. With Shaghayeh Djodat, Rogheih Moharami, Hossein Moharami B+
Jude Dir. Michael Winterbottom. With Christopher Eccleston, Kate Winslet, Liam Cunningham B+
The Nutty Professor Dir. Tom Shadyac. With Eddie Murphy, Jada Pinkett, Larry Miller 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+
Private Confessions Dir. Liv Ullmann. With Pernilla August, Max von Sydow, Thomas Hanzon 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+

Butterflies on the Scaffold Dirs. Margaret Gilpin and Luis Felipe Bernaza. Documentary 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
Everyone Says I Love You Dir. Woody Allen. With Woody Allen, Drew Barrymore, Goldie Hawn B
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
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
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
Kissed Dir. Lynne Stopkewich. With Molly Parker, Peter Outerbridge, Jay Brazeau, Natasha Morley 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
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
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
Waiting for Guffman Dir. Christopher Guest. With Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy, Fred Willard 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

Children of the Revolution Dir. Peter Duncan. With Judy Davis, Geoffrey Rush 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–
Hollow Reed Dir. Angela Pope. With Martin Donovan, Joely Richardson, Sam Bould B–
Lilies Dir. John Greyson. With Danny Gilmore, Jason Cadieux, Matthew Ferguson, Aubert Pallascio 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–
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+

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–

Surviving Picasso Dir. James Ivory. With Anthony Hopkins, Natascha McElhone, Julianne Moore D+

I Love You, I Love You Not Dir. Billy Hopkins. With Claire Danes, Jeanne Moreau, Jude Law D

Before and After Dir. Barbet Schroeder. With Meryl Streep, Liam Neeson, Edward Furlong D–
A Couch in New York Dir. Chantal Akerman. With Juliette Binoche, William Hurt D–

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
 
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
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
Hamlet Dir. Kenneth Branagh. With Kenneth Branagh, Julie Christie, Derek Jacobi, Kate Winslet
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
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
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
Gray's Anatomy Dir. Steven Soderbergh. Spalding Gray's monologue about battle with eye disease
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
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