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1998: World Premieres
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1998: Still Left to See
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The Movies of 1998: U.S. Releases
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Top Ten List

1. Taste of Cherry Dir. Abbas Kiarostami. With Homayoun Ershadi, Abdolhossein Bagheri A
2. The Thin Red Line Dir. Terrence Malick. With Jim Caviezel, Sean Penn, Ben Chaplin A
3. Velvet Goldmine Dir. Todd Haynes. With Christian Bale, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Ewan McGregor A
4. The Opposite of Sex Dir. Don Roos. With Christina Ricci, Martin Donovan, Lisa Kudrow A–
5. Primary Colors Dir. Mike Nichols. With Adrian Lester, John Travolta, Emma Thompson A–
6. The Brandon Teena Story Dirs. Susan Muska and Gréta Olafsdóttir. Documentary A–
7. Shakesepare in Love Dir. John Madden. With Joseph Fiennes, Gwyneth Paltrow, Geoffrey Rush B+
8. Mother and Son Dir. Aleksandr Sokurov. With Aleksej Ananischnov, Gudrun Geyer B+
9. A Civil Action Dir. Stephen Zaillian. With John Travolta, Robert Duvall, William H. Macy B+
10. The Truman Show Dir. Peter Weir. With Jim Carrey, Ed Harris, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich B+

(Click here for my original Top Ten)

Remainder of Films Screened

Hands on a Hardbody Dir. S.R. Bindler. Documentary about peculiar endurance trial B+
Live Flesh Dir. Pedro Almodóvar. With Liberto Rabal, Francesca Neri, Javier Bardem B+
Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon Dir. John Maybury B+
Mrs. Dalloway Dir. Marleen Gorris. With Vanessa Redgrave, Natascha McElhone, Michael Kitchen B+
π Dir. Darren Aronofsky. With Sean Gullette, Mark Margolis, Ben Shenkman, Pamela Hart B+
The Prince of Egypt Dirs. Brenda Chapman, Steve Hickner, and Simon Wells. Animated B+
Saving Private Ryan Dir. Steven Spielberg. With Tom Hanks, Edward Burns, Tom Sizemore B+
Stepmom Dir. Chris Columbus. With Susan Sarandon, Julia Roberts, Ed Harris, Jena Malone B+
Wild Man Blues Dir. Barbara Kopple. Documentary about Woody Allen and his jazz band B+

American History X Dir. Tony Kaye. With Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Avery Brooks B
Artemisia Dir. Agnès Merlet. With Valentina Cervi, Michel Serrault, Miki Manojlović B
Beloved Dir. Jonathan Demme. With Oprah Winfrey, Kimberly Elise, Thandie Newton B
Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss Dir. Tommy O'Haver. With Sean Hayes, Brad Rowe B
Clockwatchers Dir. Jill Sprecher. With Toni Collette, Parker Posey, Lisa Kudrow, Alanna Ubach B
The Cruise Dir. Bennett Miller. With Documentary about tour guide Timothy "Speed" Levitch B
Dark City Dir. Alex Proyas. With Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland, William Hurt, Jennifer Connelly B
Deep Impact Dir. Mimi Leder. With Téa Leoni, Robert Duvall, Elijah Wood, Morgan Freeman B
East Palace, West Palace Dir. Zhang Yuan. With Han Si, Hu Jun, Ye Jing, Zhao Wei B
Funny Games Dir. Michael Haneke. With Susanne Lothar, Ulrich Mühe, Arno Frisch, Frank Giering B
Henry Fool Dir. Hal Hartley. With Thomas Jay Ryan, James Urbaniak, Parker Posey B
High Art Dir. Lisa Cholodenko. With Radha Mitchell, Ally Sheedy, Patricia Clarkson B
Hurlyburly Dir. Anthony Drazan. With Sean Penn, Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright Penn B
Life of Jesus Dir. Bruno Dumont. With David Douche, Marjorie Cottreel, Kader Chaatouf B
Love and Death on Long Island Dir. Richard Kwietniowski. With John Hurt, Jason Priestley B
One True Thing Dir. Carl Franklin. With Renée Zellweger, Meryl Streep, William Hurt B
Out of Sight Dir. Steven Soderbergh. With George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, Ving Rhames B
Pleasantville Dir. Gary Ross. With Tobey Maguire, Reese Witherspoon, Joan Allen B
Psycho Dir. Gus Van Sant. With Vince Vaughn, Anne Heche, Viggo Mortensen, Julianne Moore B
See the Sea Dir. François Ozon. With Sasha Hails, Marina de Van, Paul Raoux B
The Siege Dir. Edward Zwick. With Denzel Washington, Annette Bening, Bruce Willis B
Under the Skin Dir. Carine Adler. With Samantha Morton, Claire Rushbrook, Rita Tushingham B

The Big Lebowski Dir. Joel Coen. With Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore B–
The Butcher Boy Dir. Neil Jordan. With Eamonn Owens, Stephen Rea, Fiona Shaw, Alan Boyle B–
The Hanging Garden Dir. Thom Fitzgerald. With Chris Leavins, Troy Veinotte, Kerry Fox B–
Happiness Dir. Todd Solondz. With Jane Adams, Dylan Baker, Philip Seymour Hoffman B–
Living Out Loud Dir. Richard LaGravenese. With Holly Hunter, Danny DeVito, Queen Latifah B–
Mulan Dirs. Barry Cook and Tony Bancroft. Animated. Voices of Ming-Na Wen, B.D. Wong B–
Passion in the Desert Dir. Lavina Currier. With Ben Daniels, Michel Piccoli, Paul Meston B–
The Spanish Prisoner Dir. David Mamet. With Campbell Scott, Rebecca Pidgeon, Steve Martin B–
You've Got Mail Dir. Nora Ephron. With Meg Ryan, Tom Hanks, Greg Kinnear, Parker Posey B–

Affliction Dir. Paul Schrader. With Nick Nolte, James Coburn, Sissy Spacek, Willem Dafoe C+
Babe: Pig in the City Dir. George Miller. With Magda Szubanski, James Cromwell C+
Central Station Dir. Walter Salles. With Fernanda Montenegro, Vinicius de Oliveira, Marilia Pêra C+
Elizabeth Dir. Shekhar Kapur. With Cate Blanchett, Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush, Kathy Burke C+
Hilary and Jackie Dir. Anand Tucker. With Emily Watson, Rachel Griffiths, David Morrissey C+
The Mighty Dir. Peter Chelsom. With Elden Henson, Kieran Culkin, Sharon Stone, Gena Rowlands C+
The Object of My Affection Dir. Nicholas Hytner. With Paul Rudd, Jennifer Aniston C+
The Replacement Killers Dir. Antoine Fuqua. With Chow Yun-Fat, Mira Sorvino C+
Safe Men Dir. John Hamburg. With Sam Rockwell, Steve Zahn, Paul Giamatti, Michael Lerner C+
Six Days, Seven Nights Dir. Ivan Reitman. With Harrison Ford, Anne Heche, David Schwimmer C+
Waking Ned Devine Dir. Kirk Jones. With Ian Bannen, David Kelly, Fionnula Flanagan C+

The Governess Dir. Sandra Goldbacher. With Minnie Driver, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers C
He Got Game Dir. Spike Lee. With Denzel Washington, Ray Allen, Hill Harper, Rosario Dawson C
The Horse Whisperer Dir. Robert Redford. With Kristin Scott Thomas, Robert Redford C
Life Is Beautiful Dir. Roberto Benigni. With Roberto Benigni, Giorgio Cantarini C
Little Voice Dir. Mark Herman. With Jane Horrocks, Michael Caine, Ewan McGregor C
Niagara, Niagara Dir. Bob Gosse. With Henry Thomas, Robin Tunney, Michael Parks C
A Perfect Murder Dir. Andrew Davis. With Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow, Viggo Mortensen C
The Wedding Singer Dir. Frank Coraci. With Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Christine Taylor C
What Dreams May Come Dir. Vincent Ward. With Robin Williams, Annabella Sciorra C
Your Friends & Neighbors Dir. Neil LaBute. With Jason Patric, Catherine Keener, Ben Stiller C

Armageddon Dir. Michael Bay. With Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Billy Bob Thornton, Liv Tyler C–
Buffalo '66 Dir. Vincent Gallo. With Vincent Gallo, Christina Ricci, Anjelica Huston, Ben Gazzara C–
How Stella Got Her Groove Back Dir. Kevin Rodney Sullivan. With Angela Bassett C–
The Mask of Zorro Dir. Martin Campbell. With Antonio Banderas, Anthony Hopkins C–
A Price Above Rubies Dir. Boaz Yakin. With Renée Zellweger, Christopher Eccleston C–
Rear Window Dir. Jeff Bleckner. TV Movie. With Christopher Reeve, Daryl Hannah C–
A Simple Plan Dir. Sam Raimi. With Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thornton, Bridget Fonda C–
Still Crazy Dir. Brian Gibson. With Stephen Rea, Jimmy Nail, Bill Nighy, Juliet Aubrey C–
The Theory of Flight Dir. Paul Greengrass. With Kenneth Branagh, Helena Bonham Carter C–
The Well Dir. Samantha Lang. With Pamela Rabe, Miranda Otto, Paul Chubb, Geneviève Lemon C–
The X-Files: Fight the Future Dir. Rob Bowman. With David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson C–

Wilde Dir. Brian Gilbert. With Stephen Fry, Jude Law, Jennifer Ehle, Michael Sheen, Tom Wilkinson D+

54 Dir. Mark Christopher. With Ryan Phillippe, Mike Myers, Salma Hayek, Breckin Meyer D
The Avengers Dir. Jeremiah Chechik. With Ralph Fiennes, Uma Thurman, Sean Connery D
Dancing at Lughnasa Dir. Pat O'Connor. With Meryl Streep, Bríd Brennan, Kathy Burke D
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Dir. Terry Gilliam. With Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro D
Great Expectations Dir. Alfonso Cuarón. With Ethan Hawke, Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Cooper D
The Hi-Lo Country Dir. Stephen Frears. With Billy Crudup, Woody Harrelson, Patricia Arquette D
Hush Dir. Jonathan Darby. With Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Lange, Johnathon Schaech, Nina Foch D
Playing by Heart Dir. Willard Carroll. With Gena Rowlands, Gillian Anderson, Angelina Jolie D
There's Something About Mary Dirs. Peter and Bobby Farrelly. With Ben Stiller, Cameron Diaz D

Wild Things Dir. John McNaughton. With Matt Dillon, Neve Campbell, Denise Richards D–

In Need of Reappraisal

Fetching
The Eel Dir. Shohei Imamura. With Kôji Yakusho, Misa Shimizu, Mitsuko Baisho
 
Fair
Celebrity Dir. Woody Allen. With Kenneth Branagh, Judy Davis, Famke Janssen, Joe Mantegna
City of Angels Dir. Brad Silberling. With Nicolas Cage, Meg Ryan, Dennis Franz, Andre Braugher
Cousin Bette Dir. Des McAnuff. With Jessica Lange, Elisabeth Shue, Bob Hoskins, Aden Young
Fallen Angels Dir. Wong Kar-wai. With Leon Lai, Michele Reis, Takeshi Kaneshiro
The Gingerbread Man Dir. Robert Altman. With Kenneth Branagh, Embeth Davidtz
Gods and Monsters Dir. Bill Condon. With Ian McKellen, Brendan Fraser, Lynn Redgrave
Hope Floats Dir. Forest Whitaker. With Sandra Bullock, Mae Whitman, Harry Connick, Jr.
Men with Guns Dir. John Sayles. With Federico Luppi, Damián Delgado, Dan Rivera González
Palmetto Dir. Volker Schlöndorff. With Woody Harrelson, Elisabeth Shue, Gina Gershon
Rushmore Dir. Wes Anderson. With Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Olivia Williams
 
Feh
Bulworth Dir. Warren Beatty. With Warren Beatty, Halle Berry, Oliver Platt, Joshua Malina
The Celebration Dir. Thomas Vinterberg. With Ulrich Thomsen, Henning Mortizen
Lolita Dir. Adrian Lyne. With Jeremy Irons, Dominique Swain, Melanie Griffith, Frank Langella
 
Flotsam
The Last Days of Disco Dir. Whit Stillman. With Chloë Sevigny, Kate Beckinsale