By Stephanie Zacharek
By Simon Abrams
By Michelle Orange
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By Amy Nicholson
By The Invisible Woman
By I Used to Be Darker
Best Ten of 1996
1. Big Night. Art vs. commerce, sibling rivalry and great Italian food at the Jersey shore in the Fifties.
3. Secrets & Lies. Britain's Mike Leigh examines a shattered London family--and its long-lost daughters.
5. Flirting With Disaster. Smart sleeper finds adoptee Ben Stiller on a wild comic search for his birth parents.
6. The English Patient. War, romance and the tug of conscience on the windswept Sahara; Lawrence of A. would love it.
9. Trainspotting. Searing group portrait of Edinburgh junkies is the cult hit of the year.
10. Cold Fever. Will Fridrik Thor Fridriksson's quirky tale of a young Japanese tourist in Iceland even get video release?
Worst Ten of 1996
1. Striptease. No contest: Demi Moore takes 12 mil to take off her shirt; only assets briefly exposed.
2. Independence Day. Paint-by-numbers mayhem destroys White House, sets movies back in the process.
3. The Cable Guy. Comic hotshot Jim Carrey gets mired in a nasty, unfunny clunker.
4. Jack. Did the great Coppola really direct Robin Williams in this mess about another eleven-year-old trapped in a grownup's body?
5. Up Close and Personal. Pfeiffer's the bimbo rising fast in TV news, Redford's her seasoned mentor and...Oh, forget it.
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