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The Movies of 1998: World Premieres
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Top Ten List

1. The Thin Red Line Dir. Terrence Malick. With Jim Caviezel, Sean Penn, Ben Chaplin A
2. Velvet Goldmine Dir. Todd Haynes. With Christian Bale, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Ewan McGregor A
3. The Opposite of Sex Dir. Don Roos. With Christina Ricci, Martin Donovan, Lisa Kudrow A–
4. Primary Colors Dir. Mike Nichols. With Adrian Lester, John Travolta, Emma Thompson A–
5. Claire Dolan Dir. Lodge Kerrigan. With Katrin Cartlidge, Colm Meaney, Vincent D'Onofrio A–
6. The Brandon Teena Story Dirs. Susan Muska and Gréta Olafsdóttir. Documentary A–
7. The Apple Dir. Samira Makhmalbaf. With Ghorban Ali Naderi, Massoumeh Naderi, Zahra Naderi B+
8. Shakesepare in Love Dir. John Madden. With Joseph Fiennes, Gwyneth Paltrow, Geoffrey Rush 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+


Remainder of Films Screened

Besieged Dir. Bernardo Bertolucci. With Thandie Newton, David Thewlis, Claudio Santamaria B+
The Book of Life Dir. Hal Hartley. With Martin Donovan, PJ Harvey, Thomas Jay Ryan B+
Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon Dir. John Maybury B+
Panic Bodies Dir. Mike Hoolboom. Six-part exprimental film about bodies and illness 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+
Run Lola Run Dir. Tom Tykwer. With Franka Potente, Moritz Bleibtreu, Herbert Knaup 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+

American History X Dir. Tony Kaye. With Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Avery Brooks 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
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
Edge of Seventeen Dir. David Moreton. With Chris Stafford, Tina Holmes, Stephanie McVay B
Flowers of Shanghai Dir. Hou Hsiao-Hsien. With Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Michiko Hada B
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
Hurlyburly Dir. Anthony Drazan. With Sean Penn, Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright Penn B
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
Late August, Early September Dir. Olivier Assayas. With Mathieu Amalric, Jeanne Balibar 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
School Fag Dir. Richard Fung. Autobiographical comic monologue by Shane Fowler B
The Siege Dir. Edward Zwick. With Denzel Washington, Annette Bening, Bruce Willis B

The Big Lebowski Dir. Joel Coen. With Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore B–
Croupier Dir. Mike Hodges. With Clive Owen, Gina McKee, Alex Kingston, Kate Hardie 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–
Ringu Dir. Hideo Nakata. With Nanako Matsushima, Hiroyuki Sanada, Katsumi Muramatsu 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+
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+
Following Dir. Christopher Nolan. With Jeremy Theobald, Alex Haw, Lucy Russell, John Nolan C+
Hilary and Jackie Dir. Anand Tucker. With Emily Watson, Rachel Griffiths, David Morrissey C+
Lovers of the Arctic Circle Dir. Julio Medem. With Fele Martínez, Najwa Nimri, Nancho Novo 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
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
A Perfect Murder Dir. Andrew Davis. With Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow, Viggo Mortensen C
The Terrorist Dir. Santosh Sivan. With Ayesha Dharkar, Parmeshwaran, Banu Prakash, K. Krishna 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–
Head On Dir. Ana Kokkinos. With Alex Dimitriades, Paul Capsis, Julian Garner, Elena Mandalis 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 X-Files: Fight the Future Dir. Rob Bowman. With David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson C–

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–

The Master's House Dirs. Marianna Kirejewa and Alexander Iskin. Documentary F

In Need of Reappraisal

Fair
Babe: Pig in the City Dir. George Miller. With Magda Szubanski, James Cromwell
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.
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
 
Feh
Bulworth Dir. Warren Beatty. With Warren Beatty, Halle Berry, Oliver Platt, Joshua Malina
The Celebration Dir. Thomas Vinterberg. With Ulrich Thomsen, Henning Mortizen
 
Flotsam
The Last Days of Disco Dir. Whit Stillman. With Chloë Sevigny, Kate Beckinsale