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1997: World Premieres
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1997: Still Left to See
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The Movies of 1997: U.S. Releases
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Top Ten List

1. Irma Vep Dir. Olivier Assayas. With Maggie Cheung, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Nathalie Richard A
2. Happy Together Dir. Wong Kar-wai. With Tony Leung, Leslie Cheung, Chang Chen A
3. L.A. Confidential Dir. Curtis Hanson. With Guy Pearce, Russell Crowe, Kevin Spacey A
4. Underground Dir. Emir Kusturica. With Miki Manojlović, Lazar Ristovski, Mirjana Joković A–
5. Jackie Brown Dir. Quentin Tarantino. With Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster A–
6. Titanic Dir. James Cameron. With Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio, Billy Zane, Gloria Stuart A–
7. Boogie Nights Dir. Paul Thomas Anderson. With Mark Wahlberg, Burt Reynolds, Julianne Moore A–
8. Crash Dir. David Cronenberg. With James Spader, Deborah Kara Unger, Elias Koteas, Holly Hunter A–
9. Oscar and Lucinda Dir. Gillian Armstrong. With Ralph Fiennes, Cate Blanchett, Tom Wilkinson A–
10. The Wings of the Dove Dir. Iain Softley. With Helena Bonham Carter, Linus Roache A–

(Click here for my original Top Ten)

Remainder of Films Screened

The Apostle Dir. Robert Duvall. With Robert Duvall, John Beasley, Farrah Fawcett A–
Donnie Brasco Dir. Mike Newell. With Johnny Depp, Al Pacino, Michael Madsen, Bruno Kirby A–
Eve's Bayou Dir. Kasi Lemmons. With Jurnee Smollett, Samuel L. Jackson, Debbi Morgan A–
Face/Off Dir. John Woo. With Nicolas Cage, John Travolta, Joan Allen, Alessandro Nivola A–

4 Little Girls Dir. Spike Lee. Documentary about 1963 church bombing in Montgomery, Alabama B+
All Over Me Dir. Alex Sichel. With Alison Folland, Tara Subkoff, Cole Hauser, Pat Briggs B+
Blood and Wine Dir. Bob Rafelson. With Jack Nicholson, Stephen Dorff, Michael Caine B+
Cremaster 5 Dir. Matthew Barney. With Matthew Barney, Ursula Andress, Joanne Rha, Susan Rha B+
Fast, Cheap & Out of Control Dir. Errol Morris. Documentary about men with bizarre jobs B+
Gabbeh Dir. Mohsen Makhmalbaf. With Shaghayeh Djodat, Rogheih Moharami, Hossein Moharami B+
Gattaca Dir. Andrew Niccol. With Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Loren Dean, Alan Arkin B+
Gummo Dir. Harmony Korine. With Jacob Reynolds, Nick Sutton, Jacob Sewell, Chloë Sevigny B+
Kundun Dir. Martin Scorsese. With Tenzin Thuthob Tsarong, Sonam Phuntsok, Tencho Gyalpo B+
Ma vie en rose Dir. Alain Berliner. With Georges Du Fresne, Michèle Laroque 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+
Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist Dir. Kirby Dick B+
The Sweet Hereafter Dir. Atom Egoyan. With Ian Holm, Sarah Polley, Bruce Greenwood B+
Wag the Dog Dir. Barry Levinson. With Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Anne Heche B+
Washington Square Dir. Agnieszka Holland. With Jennifer Jason Leigh, Albert Finney B+
The Watermelon Woman Dir. Cheryl Dunye. With Cheryl Dunye, Valarie Walker B+
The Winter Guest Dir. Alan Rickman. With Phyllida Law, Emma Thompson, Gary Hollywood B+

Addicted to Love Dir. Griffin Dunne. With Matthew Broderick, Meg Ryan, Tchéky Karyo B
Alien: Resurrection Dir. Jean-Pierre Jeunet. With Sigourney Weaver, Winona Ryder, Ron Perlman B
Amistad Dir. Steven Spielberg. With Djimon Hounsou, Matthew McConaughey, Morgan Freeman B
Breakdown Dir. Jonathan Mostow. With Kurt Russell, J.T. Walsh, Kathleen Quinlan B
Career Girls Dir. Mike Leigh. With Katrin Cartlidge, Lynda Steadman, Mark Benton B
Conspiracy Theory Dir. Richard Donner. With Mel Gibson, Julia Roberts, Patrick Stewart B
Contact Dir. Robert Zemeckis. With Jodie Foster, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Skerritt B
The Delta Dir. Ira Sachs. With Shayne Gray, Thang Chan, Rachel Zan Huss, Colonious David B
Eye of God Dir. Tim Blake Nelson. With Martha Plimpton, Kevin Anderson, Nick Stahl 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
The Full Monty Dir. Peter Cattaneo. With Robert Carlyle, Mark Addy, Tom Wilkinson, Paul Barber B
Hard Eight Dir. Paul Thomas Anderson. With Philip Baker Hall, John C. Reilly, Gwyneth Paltrow B
In the Company of Men Dir. Neil LaBute. With Aaron Eckhart, Stacy Edwards, Matt Malloy B
Kissed Dir. Lynne Stopkewich. With Molly Parker, Peter Outerbridge, Jay Brazeau, Natasha Morley B
Margaret's Museum Dir. Mort Ransen. With Helena Bonham Carter, Clive Russell B
My Best Friend's Wedding Dir. P.J. Hogan. With Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney, Cameron Diaz B
The Myth of Fingerprints Dir. Bart Freundlich. With Noah Wyle, Julianne Moore, Roy Scheider B
Schizopolis Dir. Steven Soderbergh. With Steven Soderbergh, Betsy Brantley, David Jensen B
Scream 2 Dir. Wes Craven. With Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Jerry O'Connell B
Ulee's Gold Dir. Victor Nuñez. With Peter Fonda, Patricia Richardson, Jessica Biel, Vanessa Zima B
Ulysses' Gaze Dir. Theo Angelopoulos. With Harvey Keitel, Maïa Morgenstern B
Waiting for Guffman Dir. Christopher Guest. With Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy, Fred Willard B
Welcome to Sarajevo Dir. Michael Winterbottom. With Stephen Dillane, Emira Nušević B

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery Dir. Jay Roach. With Mike Myers B–
Bent Dir. Sean Mathias. With Clive Owen, Lothaire Bluteau, Mick Jagger, Brian Webber B–
Children of the Revolution Dir. Peter Duncan. With Judy Davis, Geoffrey Rush B–
Deconstructing Harry Dir. Woody Allen. With Woody Allen, Hazelle Goodman, Billy Crystal B–
Good Will Hunting Dir. Gus Van Sant. With Matt Damon, Robin Williams, Stellan Skarsgård B–
Hollow Reed Dir. Angela Pope. With Martin Donovan, Joely Richardson, Sam Bould B–
John Grisham's The Rainmaker Dir. Francis Ford Coppola. With Matt Damon, Danny DeVito B–
Lilies Dir. John Greyson. With Danny Gilmore, Jason Cadieux, Matthew Ferguson, Aubert Pallascio B–
love jones Dir. Theodore Witcher. With Nia Long, Larenz Tate, Lisa Nicole Carson B–
Love! Valour! Compassion! Dir. Joe Mantello. With Stephen Bogardus, Jason Alexander B–
Mrs. Brown Dir. John Madden. With Judi Dench, Billy Connolly, Antony Sher, Geoffrey Palmer B–
Paradise Road Dir. Bruce Beresford. With Glenn Close, Pauline Collins, Jennifer Ehle B–
Seven Years in Tibet Dir. Jean-Jacques Annaud. With Brad Pitt, Jamyang Wangchuk B–
Starship Troopers Dir. Paul Verhoeven. With Casper Van Dien, Denise Richards, Dina Meyer B–

Air Force One Dir. Wolfgang Petersen. With Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Glenn Close C+
As Good As It Gets Dir. James L. Brooks. With Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear C+
The Fifth Element Dir. Luc Besson. With Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, Gary Oldman, Ian Holm C+
The Game Dir. David Fincher. With Michael Douglas, Deborah Kara Unger, Sean Penn C+
The Ice Storm Dir. Ang Lee. With Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Christina Ricci, Sigourney Weaver C+
In & Out Dir. Frank Oz. With Kevin Kline, Joan Cusack, Tom Selleck, Matt Dillon C+
One Night Stand Dir. Mike Figgis. With Wesley Snipes, Nastassja Kinski, Robert Downey Jr. C+

Bliss Dir. Lance Young. With Craig Sheffer, Sheryl Lee, Terence Stamp, Lois Chiles C
Chasing Amy Dir. Kevin Smith. With Ben Affleck, Joey Lauren Adams, Jason Lee C
Grosse Pointe Blank Dir. George Armitage. With John Cusack, Minnie Driver, Dan Aykroyd C
I Know What You Did Last Summer Dir. Jim Gillespie. With Jennifer Love Hewitt C
Liar Liar Dir. Tom Shadyac. With Jim Carrey, Maura Tierney, Justin Cooper, Swoosie Kurtz C
The Lost World: Jurassic Park Dir. Steven Spielberg. With Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore C
Men in Black Dir. Barry Sonnenfeld. With Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Vincent D'Onofrio C
The Mill on the Floss Dir. Graham Theakston. TV Movie. With Emily Watson, Ifan Meredith C
She's So Lovely Dir. Nick Cassavetes. With Sean Penn, Robin Wright Penn, John Travolta C

Smilla's Sense of Snow Dir. Bille August. With Julia Ormond, Gabriel Byrne, Richard Harris C–
A Thousand Acres Dir. Jocelyn Moorhouse. With Michelle Pfeiffer, Jessica Lange C–

Afterglow Dir. Alan Rudolph. With Nick Nolte, Julie Christie, Jonny Lee Miller, Lara Flynn Boyle D+
The Boxer Dir. Jim Sheridan. With Daniel Day-Lewis, Emily Watson, Brian Cox, Ken Stott D+
Romy & Michele's High School Reunion Dir. David Mirkin. With Mira Sorvino D+

I Love You, I Love You Not Dir. Billy Hopkins. With Claire Danes, Jeanne Moreau, Jude Law D
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Dir. Clint Eastwood. With John Cusack D

A Couch in New York Dir. Chantal Akerman. With Juliette Binoche, William Hurt D–

The House of Yes Dir. Mark Waters. With Parker Posey, Josh Hamilton, Tori Spelling F
U-Turn Dir. Oliver Stone. With Sean Penn, Jennifer Lopez, Nick Nolte, Jon Voight, Claire Danes F

In Need of Reappraisal

Fair
Nénette et Boni Dir. Claire Danes. With Grégoire Colin, Alice Houri, Jacques Nolot, Vincent Gallo
Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella Dir. Robert Iscove. TV Movie. With Brandy
 
Feh
Gray's Anatomy Dir. Steven Soderbergh. Spalding Gray's monologue about battle with eye disease
Lost Highway Dir. David Lynch. With Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette, Balthazar Getty