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The Movies of 1998: World Premieres
 By Title // By Grade, with Top Ten

This was the year I started the site. You'll notice the unusual profusion of reviews,
but I'd also stipulate my skepticism about some of these decades-old responses.


Complete Reviews
= Full Review   /   = Capsule Review   /   = Special Feature or Blog Post   /   = Review I Distrust!

 Affliction Dir. Paul Schrader. With Nick Nolte, James Coburn, Sissy Spacek, Willem Dafoe C+
 American History X Dir. Tony Kaye. With Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Avery Brooks B
 Armageddon Dir. Michael Bay. With Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Billy Bob Thornton, Liv Tyler C–
 The Avengers Dir. Jeremiah Chechik. With Ralph Fiennes, Uma Thurman, Sean Connery D
 Babe: Pig in the City Dir. George Miller. With Magda Szubanski, James Cromwell B–
 Beloved Dir. Jonathan Demme. With Oprah Winfrey, Kimberly Elise, Thandie Newton B
 The Big Lebowski Dir. Joel Coen. With Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore B–
 Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss Dir. Tommy O'Haver. With Sean Hayes, Brad Rowe B
 The Brandon Teena Story Dirs. Susan Muska and Gréta Olafsdóttir. Documentary A–
 Buffalo '66 Dir. Vincent Gallo. With Vincent Gallo, Christina Ricci, Anjelica Huston, Ben Gazzara C–
 Bulworth Dir. Warren Beatty. With Warren Beatty, Halle Berry, Oliver Platt, Joshua Malina C
 Dancing at Lughnasa Dir. Pat O'Connor. With Meryl Streep, Bríd Brennan, Kathy Burke D
 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
 Great Expectations Dir. Alfonso Cuarón. With Ethan Hawke, Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Cooper D
 He Got Game Dir. Spike Lee. With Denzel Washington, Ray Allen, Hill Harper, Rosario Dawson C
 The Hi-Lo Country Dir. Stephen Frears. With Billy Crudup, Woody Harrelson, Patricia Arquette D
 High Art Dir. Lisa Cholodenko. With Radha Mitchell, Ally Sheedy, Patricia Clarkson B
 High Art Dir. Lisa Cholodenko. With Radha Mitchell, Ally Sheedy, Patricia Clarkson B
 The Horse Whisperer Dir. Robert Redford. With Kristin Scott Thomas, Robert Redford C
 How Stella Got Her Groove Back Dir. Kevin Rodney Sullivan. With Angela Bassett C–
 Hurlyburly Dir. Anthony Drazan. With Sean Penn, Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright Penn B
 Hush Dir. Jonathan Darby. With Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Lange, Johnathon Schaech, Nina Foch C+
 The Last Days of Disco Dir. Whit Stillman. With Chloë Sevigny, Kate Beckinsale D+
 Last Night Dir. Don McKellar. With Don McKellar, Sandra Oh, Callum Keith Rennie C
 Little Voice Dir. Mark Herman. With Jane Horrocks, Michael Caine, Ewan McGregor C
 My Son the Fanatic Dir. Udayan Prasad. With Om Puri, Akbar Kurtha, Rachel Griffiths B–
 The Opposite of Sex Dir. Don Roos. With Christina Ricci, Martin Donovan, Lisa Kudrow A–
 Out of Sight Dir. Steven Soderbergh. With George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, Ving Rhames B
 Palmetto Dir. Volker Schlöndorff. With Woody Harrelson, Elisabeth Shue, Gina Gershon B–
 A Perfect Murder Dir. Andrew Davis. With Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow, Viggo Mortensen C
 Playing by Heart Dir. Willard Carroll. With Gena Rowlands, Gillian Anderson, Angelina Jolie D
 Primary Colors Dir. Mike Nichols. With Adrian Lester, John Travolta, Emma Thompson A–
 Psycho Dir. Gus Van Sant. With Vince Vaughn, Anne Heche, Viggo Mortensen, Julianne Moore B
 Psycho Dir. Gus Van Sant. With Vince Vaughn, Anne Heche, Viggo Mortensen, Julianne Moore B
 Rear Window Dir. Jeff Bleckner. TV Movie. With Christopher Reeve, Daryl Hannah C–
 Saving Private Ryan Dir. Steven Spielberg. With Tom Hanks, Edward Burns, Tom Sizemore B+
 Shakesepare in Love Dir. John Madden. With Joseph Fiennes, Gwyneth Paltrow, Geoffrey Rush B+
 A Simple Plan Dir. Sam Raimi. With Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thornton, Bridget Fonda C–
 Six Days, Seven Nights Dir. Ivan Reitman. With Harrison Ford, Anne Heche, David Schwimmer C+
 Still Crazy Dir. Brian Gibson. With Stephen Rea, Jimmy Nail, Bill Nighy, Juliet Aubrey C–
 There's Something About Mary Dirs. Peter and Bobby Farrelly. With Ben Stiller, Cameron Diaz D
 The Thin Red Line Dir. Terrence Malick. With Jim Caviezel, Sean Penn, Ben Chaplin A
 The Truman Show Dir. Peter Weir. With Jim Carrey, Ed Harris, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich B+
 Velvet Goldmine Dir. Todd Haynes. With Christian Bale, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Ewan McGregor A
 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
 Wild Things Dir. John McNaughton. With Matt Dillon, Neve Campbell, Denise Richards D–
 The X-Files: Fight the Future Dir. Rob Bowman. With David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson C–
 Your Friends & Neighbors Dir. Neil LaBute. With Jason Patric, Catherine Keener, Ben Stiller C

Full Listing of Films Screened

54 Dir. Mark Christopher. With Ryan Phillippe, Mike Myers, Salma Hayek, Breckin Meyer D

Affliction Dir. Paul Schrader. With Nick Nolte, James Coburn, Sissy Spacek, Willem Dafoe C+
American History X Dir. Tony Kaye. With Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Avery Brooks B
The Apple Dir. Samira Makhmalbaf. With Ghorban Ali Naderi, Massoumeh Naderi, Zahra Naderi B+
Armageddon Dir. Michael Bay. With Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Billy Bob Thornton, Liv Tyler C–
The Avengers Dir. Jeremiah Chechik. With Ralph Fiennes, Uma Thurman, Sean Connery D

Beloved Dir. Jonathan Demme. With Oprah Winfrey, Kimberly Elise, Thandie Newton B
Besieged Dir. Bernardo Bertolucci. With Thandie Newton, David Thewlis, Claudio Santamaria B+
The Big Lebowski Dir. Joel Coen. With Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore B–
Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss Dir. Tommy O'Haver. With Sean Hayes, Brad Rowe B
The Book of Life Dir. Hal Hartley. With Martin Donovan, PJ Harvey, Thomas Jay Ryan B+
The Brandon Teena Story Dirs. Susan Muska and Gréta Olafsdóttir. Documentary A–
Buffalo '66 Dir. Vincent Gallo. With Vincent Gallo, Christina Ricci, Anjelica Huston, Ben Gazzara C–

Central Station Dir. Walter Salles. With Fernanda Montenegro, Vinicius de Oliveira, Marilia Pêra C+
A Civil Action Dir. Stephen Zaillian. With John Travolta, Robert Duvall, William H. Macy B+
Claire Dolan Dir. Lodge Kerrigan. With Katrin Cartlidge, Colm Meaney, Vincent D'Onofrio A–
Croupier Dir. Mike Hodges. With Clive Owen, Gina McKee, Alex Kingston, Kate Hardie B–
The Cruise Dir. Bennett Miller. With Documentary about tour guide Timothy "Speed" Levitch B

Dancing at Lughnasa Dir. Pat O'Connor. With Meryl Streep, Bríd Brennan, Kathy Burke D
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

Edge of Seventeen Dir. David Moreton. With Chris Stafford, Tina Holmes, Stephanie McVay B
Elizabeth Dir. Shekhar Kapur. With Cate Blanchett, Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush, Kathy Burke C+

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Dir. Terry Gilliam. With Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro D
Flowers of Shanghai Dir. Hou Hsiao-Hsien. With Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Michiko Hada B
Following Dir. Christopher Nolan. With Jeremy Theobald, Alex Haw, Lucy Russell, John Nolan C+

The Governess Dir. Sandra Goldbacher. With Minnie Driver, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers C
Great Expectations Dir. Alfonso Cuarón. With Ethan Hawke, Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Cooper D

Happiness Dir. Todd Solondz. With Jane Adams, Dylan Baker, Philip Seymour Hoffman B–
He Got Game Dir. Spike Lee. With Denzel Washington, Ray Allen, Hill Harper, Rosario Dawson C
Head On Dir. Ana Kokkinos. With Alex Dimitriades, Paul Capsis, Julian Garner, Elena Mandalis C–
The Hi-Lo Country Dir. Stephen Frears. With Billy Crudup, Woody Harrelson, Patricia Arquette D
Hideous Kinky Dir. Gilles Mackinnon. With Kate Winslet, Bella Riza, Carrie Mullan B
High Art Dir. Lisa Cholodenko. With Radha Mitchell, Ally Sheedy, Patricia Clarkson B
Hilary and Jackie Dir. Anand Tucker. With Emily Watson, Rachel Griffiths, David Morrissey C+
The Horse Whisperer Dir. Robert Redford. With Kristin Scott Thomas, Robert Redford C
How Stella Got Her Groove Back Dir. Kevin Rodney Sullivan. With Angela Bassett C–
Hurlyburly Dir. Anthony Drazan. With Sean Penn, Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright Penn B
Hush Dir. Jonathan Darby. With Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Lange, Johnathon Schaech, Nina Foch D

I Stand Alone Dir. Gaspar Noé. With Philippe Nahon, Blandine Lenoir, Frankye Pain B
The Idiots Dir. Lars von Trier. With Bodil Jørgensen, Jens Albinus, Nikolaj Lie Kaas B

Last Night Dir. Don McKellar. With Don McKellar, Sandra Oh, Callum Keith Rennie C
Late August, Early September Dir. Olivier Assayas. With Mathieu Amalric, Jeanne Balibar B
Little Voice Dir. Mark Herman. With Jane Horrocks, Michael Caine, Ewan McGregor C
Living Out Loud Dir. Richard LaGravenese. With Holly Hunter, Danny DeVito, Queen Latifah B–
Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon Dir. John Maybury B+
Lovers of the Arctic Circle Dir. Julio Medem. With Fele Martínez, Najwa Nimri, Nancho Novo C+

The Mask of Zorro Dir. Martin Campbell. With Antonio Banderas, Anthony Hopkins C–
The Master's House Dirs. Marianna Kirejewa and Alexander Iskin. Documentary F
The Mighty Dir. Peter Chelsom. With Elden Henson, Kieran Culkin, Sharon Stone, Gena Rowlands C+
Mulan Dirs. Barry Cook and Tony Bancroft. Animated. Voices of Ming-Na Wen, B.D. Wong B–

The Object of My Affection Dir. Nicholas Hytner. With Paul Rudd, Jennifer Aniston C+
One True Thing Dir. Carl Franklin. With Renée Zellweger, Meryl Streep, William Hurt B
The Opposite of Sex Dir. Don Roos. With Christina Ricci, Martin Donovan, Lisa Kudrow A–
Out of Sight Dir. Steven Soderbergh. With George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, Ving Rhames B

Panic Bodies Dir. Mike Hoolboom. Six-part exprimental film about bodies and illness B+
A Perfect Murder Dir. Andrew Davis. With Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow, Viggo Mortensen C
π Dir. Darren Aronofsky. With Sean Gullette, Mark Margolis, Ben Shenkman, Pamela Hart B+
Playing by Heart Dir. Willard Carroll. With Gena Rowlands, Gillian Anderson, Angelina Jolie D
Pleasantville Dir. Gary Ross. With Tobey Maguire, Reese Witherspoon, Joan Allen B
A Price Above Rubies Dir. Boaz Yakin. With Renée Zellweger, Christopher Eccleston C–
Primary Colors Dir. Mike Nichols. With Adrian Lester, John Travolta, Emma Thompson A–
The Prince of Egypt Dirs. Brenda Chapman, Steve Hickner, and Simon Wells. Animated B+
Psycho Dir. Gus Van Sant. With Vince Vaughn, Anne Heche, Viggo Mortensen, Julianne Moore B

Rear Window Dir. Jeff Bleckner. TV Movie. With Christopher Reeve, Daryl Hannah C–
The Replacement Killers Dir. Antoine Fuqua. With Chow Yun-Fat, Mira Sorvino C+
Ringu Dir. Hideo Nakata. With Nanako Matsushima, Hiroyuki Sanada, Katsumi Muramatsu B–
Run Lola Run Dir. Tom Tykwer. With Franka Potente, Moritz Bleibtreu, Herbert Knaup B+

Safe Men Dir. John Hamburg. With Sam Rockwell, Steve Zahn, Paul Giamatti, Michael Lerner C+
Saving Private Ryan Dir. Steven Spielberg. With Tom Hanks, Edward Burns, Tom Sizemore B+
School Fag Dir. Richard Fung. Autobiographical comic monologue by Shane Fowler B
Shakesepare in Love Dir. John Madden. With Joseph Fiennes, Gwyneth Paltrow, Geoffrey Rush B+
The Siege Dir. Edward Zwick. With Denzel Washington, Annette Bening, Bruce Willis B
A Simple Plan Dir. Sam Raimi. With Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thornton, Bridget Fonda C–
Six Days, Seven Nights Dir. Ivan Reitman. With Harrison Ford, Anne Heche, David Schwimmer C+
Stepmom Dir. Chris Columbus. With Susan Sarandon, Julia Roberts, Ed Harris, Jena Malone B+
Still Crazy Dir. Brian Gibson. With Stephen Rea, Jimmy Nail, Bill Nighy, Juliet Aubrey C–

The Terrorist Dir. Santosh Sivan. With Ayesha Dharkar, Parmeshwaran, Banu Prakash, K. Krishna C
The Theory of Flight Dir. Paul Greengrass. With Kenneth Branagh, Helena Bonham Carter C–
There's Something About Mary Dirs. Peter and Bobby Farrelly. With Ben Stiller, Cameron Diaz D
The Thin Red Line Dir. Terrence Malick. With Jim Caviezel, Sean Penn, Ben Chaplin A
The Truman Show Dir. Peter Weir. With Jim Carrey, Ed Harris, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich B+

Velvet Goldmine Dir. Todd Haynes. With Christian Bale, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Ewan McGregor A

Waking Ned Devine Dir. Kirk Jones. With Ian Bannen, David Kelly, Fionnula Flanagan 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
Wild Things Dir. John McNaughton. With Matt Dillon, Neve Campbell, Denise Richards D–

The X-Files: Fight the Future Dir. Rob Bowman. With David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson C–

Your Friends & Neighbors Dir. Neil LaBute. With Jason Patric, Catherine Keener, Ben Stiller C
You've Got Mail Dir. Nora Ephron. With Meg Ryan, Tom Hanks, Greg Kinnear, Parker Posey B–

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

Babe: Pig in the City Dir. George Miller. With Magda Szubanski, James Cromwell
Bulworth Dir. Warren Beatty. With Warren Beatty, Halle Berry, Oliver Platt, Joshua Malina

The Celebration Dir. Thomas Vinterberg. With Ulrich Thomsen, Henning Mortizen
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

The Dreamlife of Angels Dir. Erick Zonca. With Élodie Bouchez, Natacha Régnier, Grégoire Colin

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.

The Last Days of Disco Dir. Whit Stillman. With Chloë Sevigny, Kate Beckinsale

My Son the Fanatic Dir. Udayan Prasad. With Om Puri, Akbar Kurtha, Rachel Griffiths

Palmetto Dir. Volker Schlöndorff. With Woody Harrelson, Elisabeth Shue, Gina Gershon

Rushmore Dir. Wes Anderson. With Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Olivia Williams