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1999: World Premieres
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1999: Still Left to See
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The Movies of 1999: U.S. Releases
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Top Ten List

1. Close-Up Dir. Abbas Kiarostami. With Hossain Sabzian, Abolfazl Ahankhah A
2. Eyes Wide Shut Dir. Stanley Kubrick. With Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Sydney Pollack A
3. Boys Don't Cry Dir. Kimberly Peirce. With Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny, Peter Sarsgaard A
4. Toy Story 2 Dir. John Lasseter. Voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack A–
5. A Moment of Innocence Dir. Mohsen Makhmalbaf. With Mirhadi Tayebi A–
6. The Talented Mr. Ripley Dir. Anthony Minghella. With Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow A–
7. Magnolia Dir. Paul Thomas Anderson. With John C. Reilly, Philip Baker Hall A–
8. The Blair Witch Project Dirs. Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez. With Heather Donahue A–
9. Topsy-Turvy Dir. Mike Leigh. With Jim Broadbent, Allan Corduner, Timothy Spall A–
10. The Straight Story Dir. David Lynch. With Richard Farnsworth, Sissy Spacek A–

 Click here for my original Top 10 list, as published in early 2000


Remainder of Films Screened

Summer of Sam Dir. Spike Lee. With John Leguizamo, Adrien Brody, Mira Sorvino A–
Tumbleweeds Dir. Gavin O'Connor. With Janet McTeer, Kimberly J. Brown A–

All About My Mother Dir. Pedro Almodóvar. With Cecilia Roth, Penélope Cruz B+
The Apple Dir. Samira Makhmalbaf. With Ghorban Ali Naderi, Massoumeh Naderi B+
The Astronaut's Wife Dir. Rand Ravich. With Charlize Theron, Johnny Depp, Joe Morton B+
Being John Malkovich Dir. Spike Jonze. With John Cusack, Cameron Diaz B+
Besieged Dir. Bernardo Bertolucci. With Thandie Newton, David Thewlis B+
The Book of Life Dir. Hal Hartley. With Martin Donovan, PJ Harvey, Thomas Jay Ryan B+
Bringing Out the Dead Dir. Martin Scorsese. With Nicolas Cage, Patricia Arquette B+
eXistenZ Dir. David Cronenberg. With Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jude Law, Don McKellar B+
The Insider Dir. Michael Mann. With Al Pacino, Russell Crowe, Christopher Plummer B+
Man on the Moon Dir. Miloš Forman. With Jim Carrey, Danny DeVito, Paul Giamatti B+
Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. Dir. Errol Morris. Documentary B+
Onegin Dir. Martha Fiennes. With Ralph Fiennes, Liv Tyler, Toby Stephens B+
Private Confessions Dir. Liv Ullmann. With Pernilla August, Max von Sydow B+
Rosetta Dirs. Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne. With Émilie Dequenne, Fabrizio Rongione B+
Run Lola Run Dir. Tom Tykwer. With Franka Potente, Moritz Bleibtreu, Herbert Knaup B+
The Sticky Fingers of Time Dir. Hilary Brougher. With Terumi Matthews, Nicole Zaray B+
A Walk on the Moon Dir. Tony Goldwyn. With Diane Lane, Liev Schreiber, Anna Paquin B+
The War Zone Dir. Tim Roth. With Freddie Cunliffe, Lara Belmont, Ray Winstone B+

American Beauty Dir. Sam Mendes. With Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch B
Children of Heaven Dir. Majid Majidi. With Mir Farrokh Hashemian, Bahare Seddiqi B
Cookie's Fortune Dir. Robert Altman. With Glenn Close, Charles S. Dutton B
Earth Dir. Deepa Mehta. With Maia Sethna, Nandita Das, Aamir Khan, Rahul Khanna B
Edge of Seventeen Dir. David Moreton. With Chris Stafford, Tina Holmes B
Election Dir. Alexander Payne. With Matthew Broderick, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Klein B
The End of the Affair Dir. Neil Jordan. With Ralph Fiennes, Julianne Moore, Stephen Rea B
Galaxy Quest Dir. Dean Parisot. With Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman B
Go Dir. Doug Liman. With Sarah Polley, Desmond Askew, Katie Holmes, Timothy Olyphant B
Guinevere Dir. Audrey Wells. With Sarah Polley, Stephen Rea, Jean Smart, Gina Gershon B
Holy Smoke! Dir. Jane Campion. With Kate Winslet, Harvey Keitel, Julie Hamilton B
Hideous Kinky Dir. Gilles Mackinnon. With Kate Winslet, Bella Riza, Carrie Mullan B
I Stand Alone Dir. Gaspar Noé. With Philippe Nahon, Blandine Lenoir, Frankye Pain B
Late August, Early September Dir. Olivier Assayas. With Mathieu Amalric B
Limbo Dir. John Sayles. With Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, David Strathairn B
The Limey Dir. Steven Soderbergh. With Terence Stamp, Peter Fonda, Lesley Ann Warren B
The Lovers on the Bridge Dir. Leos Carax. With Denis Lavant, Juliette Binoche B
Never Been Kissed Dir. Raja Gosnell. With Drew Barrymore, David Arquette B
Notting Hill Dir. Roger Michell. With Hugh Grant, Julia Roberts, Rhys Ifans B
Tarzan Dirs. Kevin Lima, Chris Buck. Voices of Tony Goldwyn, Minnie Driver B
Three Kings Dir. David O. Russell. With George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube B
Three Seasons Dir. Tony Bui. With Ngoc Hiep Nguyen, Don Duong, Huu Duoc Nguyen B
Titus Dir. Julie Taymor. With Anthony Hopkins, Jessica Lange, Alan Cumming B

Girl, Interrupted Dir. James Mangold. With Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie B–
Music of the Heart Dir. Wes Craven. With Meryl Streep, Aidan Quinn, Angela Bassett B–
My Son the Fanatic Dir. Udayan Prasad. With Om Puri, Akbar Kurtha, Rachel Griffiths B–
Pushing Tin Dir. Mike Newell. With John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton, Cate Blanchett B–
Ride with the Devil Dir. Ang Lee. With Tobey Maguire, Skeet Ulrich, Jewel B–
Romance Dir. Catherine Breillat. With Caroline Ducey, Sagamore Stévinin B–
The Sixth Sense Dir. M. Night Shyamalan. With Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment B–
Show Me Love Dir. Lukas Moodysson. With Rebecka Liljeberg, Alexandra Dählstrom B–
Sleepy Hollow Dir. Tim Burton. With Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Miranda Richardson B–
South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut Dir. Trey Parker. Voice of Trey Parker B–
Star Wars, Episode 1: The Phantom Menace Dir. George Lucas. With Liam Neeson B–
Twin Falls Idaho Dir. Michael Polish. With Mark Polish, Michael Polish, Michele Hicks B–

Cradle Will Rock Dir. Tim Robbins. With John Turturro, Emily Watson C+
Dick Dir. Andrew Fleming. With Kirsten Dunst, Michelle Williams, Dan Hedaya, Will Ferrell C+
Felicia's Journey Dir. Atom Egoyan. With Bob Hoskins, Elaine Cassidy, Peter McDonald C+
Following Dir. Christopher Nolan. With Jeremy Theobald, Alex Haw, Lucy Russell C+
Gloria Dir. Sidney Lumet. With Sharon Stone, Jean-Luke Figueroa, Jeremy Northam C+
The Hurricane Dir. Norman Jewison. With Denzel Washington, Vicellous Reon Shannon C+
An Ideal Husband Dir. Oliver Parker. With Rupert Everett, Cate Blanchett C+
Lovers of the Arctic Circle Dir. Julio Medem. With Fele Martínez, Najwa Nimri C+
A Map of the World Dir. Scott Elliott. With Sigourney Weaver, David Strathairn C+
Miss Julie Dir. Mike Figgis. With Saffron Burrows, Peter Mullan, Maria Doyle Kennedy C+
Office Space Dir. Mike Judge. With Ron Livingston, David Herman, Jennifer Aniston C+
Simpatico Dir. Matthew Warchus. With Nick Nolte, Jeff Bridges, Sharon Stone C+
Stir of Echoes Dir. David Koepp. With Kevin Bacon, Kathryn Erbe, Zachary David Cope C+
The Third Miracle Dir. Agnieszka Holland. With Ed Harris, Anne Heche C+
William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream Dir. Michael Hoffman C+

The Cider House Rules Dir. Lasse Hallström. With Tobey Maguire, Charlize Theron C
Conceiving Ada Dir. Lynn Hershmann-Leeson. With Tilda Swinton, Francesca Faridany C
edTV Dir. Ron Howard. With Matthew McConaughey, Jenna Elfman, Woody Harrelson C
Last Night Dir. Don McKellar. With Don McKellar, Sandra Oh, Callum Keith Rennie C
The Muse Dir. Albert Brooks. With Albert Brooks, Andie MacDowell, Sharon Stone C
One Day in September Dir. Kevin Macdonald. Documentary about hostage crisis C
She's All That Dir. Robert Iscove. With Freddie Prinze Jr., Rachael Leigh Cook C
Sweet and Lowdown Dir. Woody Allen. With Sean Penn, Samantha Morton C

Head On Dir. Ana Kokkinos. With Alex Dimitriades, Paul Capsis, Julian Garner C–

Deep Blue Sea Dir. Renny Harlin. With Saffron Burrows, Thomas Jane D+

Cruel Intentions Dir. Roger Kumble. With Ryan Phillippe, Sarah Michelle Gellar D
Incognito Dir. Julie Dash. TV Movie. With Allison Dean, Richard T. Jones, Phil Morris D
Play It to the Bone Dir. Ron Shelton. With Antonio Banderas, Woody Harrelson D
Tea with Mussolini Dir. Franco Zeffirelli. With Joan Plowright, Maggie Smith, Cher D
Trick Dir. Jim Fall. With Christian Campbell, J.P. Pitoc, Tori Spelling, Lorri Bagley D

The Green Mile Dir. Frank Darabont. With Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan D–
In Dreams Dir. Neil Jordan. With Annette Bening, Aidan Quinn, Robert Downey Jr. D–

For Love of the Game Dir. Sam Raimi. With Kevin Costner, Kelly Preston, John C. Reilly F
The Matrix Dirs. The Wachowskis. With Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne F
Runaway Bride Dir. Garry Marshall. With Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Joan Cusack F


In Need of Reappraisal

Fetching
The Dreamlife of Angels Dir. Erick Zonca. With Élodie Bouchez, Natacha Régnier
 
Fair
Fight Club Dir. David Fincher. With Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, Helena Bonham Carter
 
Feh
10 Things I Hate About You Dir. Gil Junger. With Julia Stiles, Heath Ledger, Larisa Oleynik