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Compiled by Shesha Pancholi Staff
Tuesday, October 26, 1999


New to the list: "Summer of Sam" (R), Dec. 21; "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut" (R), Nov. 23; "Teaching Mrs. Tingle" (PG-13), Dec. 14; "The Harmonists" (R), Dec. 14; "The General's Daughter" (R), Dec. 14; "Simon Sez" (PG-13), Nov. 30; "Better Than Chocolate" (NR), Dec. 28; "The Haunting" (PG-13), Nov. 23; "The Love Letter" (PG-13), Nov. 23; "Dick" (PG-13), Dec. 14; "Mickey Blue Eyes" (PG-13), Dec. 28; "Autumn Tale" (PG), Nov. 23; "Black Mask" (R), Nov. 9; "Trippin'" (R), Dec. 7; "Jack Frost" (PG), Nov. 2; "Deep Blue Sea" (R), Nov. 30; "Notting Hill" (PG-13), Nov. 9; "The Iron Giant" (PG), Nov. 23; "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (PG-13), Nov. 23; "Wild Wild West" (PG-13), Nov. 30; "Inspector Gadget" (PG), Dec. 7; "Besieged" (R), Nov. 9; "Drop Dead Gorgeous" (PG-13), Dec. 14; "Big Daddy" (PG-13), Nov. 2; "Entrapment" (PG-13), Nov. 23;"The Castle" (R), Nov. 16; "Life Is Beautiful" (PG-13), Nov. 9; "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" (PG-13), Nov. 16; "Instinct" (R), Nov. 16; "Tea With Mussolini" (PG), Nov. 16; and many other straight-to-video movies.

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Oct. 26

  • "Arlington Road" (R): This edgy thriller about creepy neighbors is set in Washington, D.C and stars Jeff Bridges, Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack and Hope Davis.
  • "Hideous Kinky" (R): A single mother (Kate Winslet) in the 1970s tries to find her spiritual self in Morocco.
  • "Never Been Kissed" (PG-13): Drew Barrymore plays a newspaper copy editor who goes back to high school – undercover – in order to report on teenagers.
  • "Muppets From Space" (G): Kermit and company make a pilgrimage to Roswell, N.M., in search of Gonzo's alien roots.
  • "Twice Upon a Yesterday" (R): A Scottish unemployed artist gets a time-traveling chance to redeem himself when he squanders a great romantic relationship.
  • Nov. 2

  • "Big Daddy" (PG-13): Adam Sandler adopts a 5-year-old boy in an attempt to win his girlfriend. He fails and finds himself a single father in this comedy.
  • "Jack Frost" (PG): Michael Keaton plays a musician who returns from the dead – in the form of a snowman – to spend quality time with his young son.
  • Nov. 9

  • "Besieged" (R): David Thewlis and Thandie Newton find unexpected love in Bernardo Bertolucci's drama.
  • "Black Mask" (R): In the 1996 film produced by Tsui Hark, Jet Li plays a surgically enhanced martial arts fighter who investigates a spate of gang murders.
  • "Life Is Beautiful" (R): A tragi-comedy set during World War II in a German work camp. Stars Academy-award winner Roberto Benigni.
  • "Notting Hill" (PG-13): Julia Roberts plays a movie star who falls in love with bookshop owner Hugh Grant.
  • Nov. 16

  • "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" (PG-13): The mod British secret agent (Mike Myers) has to go back in time to gain back his mojo, which was stolen by Dr. Evil (also Myers). Heather Graham plays CIA agent Felicity Shagwell.
  • "The Castle" (R): An Australian comedy about a family that makes a stand when the government attempts to buy its property.
  • "Instinct" (R): Anthony Hopkins, who was lost for two years in Africa while studying apes, kills three men when he is found. Psychologist Cuba Gooding Jr. is called in to help.
  • "Tea With Mussolini" (PG): In Franco Zeffirelli's semi-autobiographical film, a young man is raised by five eccentric women expatriates (including Cher, Judi Dench and Joan Plowright) in Florence during Italy's fascist regime of the 1930s.
  • Nov. 23

  • "Autumn Tale" (PG): A bookseller living in the French countryside attempts to find a man for her winemaking friend.
  • "Entrapment" (PG-13): Insurance investigator Catherine Zeta-Jones uses herself as bait to trap legendary gentleman thief Sean Connery in "Entrapment."
  • "The Haunting" (PG-13): A supernatural thriller in which Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Liam Neeson are caught in a scary mansion.
  • "The Iron Giant" (PG): A 9-year-old boy discovers a 50-foot robot that came from outer space in this animated film.
  • "Limbo" (R): John Sayles's film is a philosophical love story about loneliness and rescue.
  • "The Love Letter" (PG-13): Kate Capshaw seeks the author of a love letter that has sent a New England town into a romantic frenzy.
  • "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (PG-13): Michelle Pfeiffer, Stanley Tucci, Kevin Kline and Calista Flockhart head the ensemble cast in the William Shakespeare film adaptation.
  • "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut" (R): After parents get upset after third-graders sneak into an R-rated movie, the boys risk their lives in the name of freedom.
  • Nov. 30

  • "Deep Blue Sea" (R): Samuel L. Jackson and a team of researchers genetically re-engineer mako sharks for brain research.
  • "Simon Sez" (PG-13): Former NBA player Dennis Rodman plays an ultra-cool Interpol agent who enlists the aid of two computer expert monks in this action-comedy.
  • "Wild Wild West" (PG-13): James T. West (Will Smith) and Artemus Gordon (Kevin Kline) battle the diabolical Dr. Arliss Loveless (Kenneth Branagh).
  • Dec. 7

  • "Inspector Gadget" (PG): Matthew Broderick stars as Inspector Gadget, a detective with an arsenal of sophisticated gizmos and gadgetry.
  • "Trippin'" (R): High school student Greg "G" Reed (Deon Richmond) learns the ways of women, money and fame.
  • Dec. 14

  • "Dick" (PG-13): High school students Kristen Dunst and Michelle Williams stumble about wrongdoings at the White House during the Watergate investigation.
  • "Drop Dead Gorgeous" (PG-13): A mockumentary about a small town's obsession with its teenage beauty contest.
  • "The General's Daughter" (R): John Travolta investigates the murder of a famous general's daughter.
  • "The Harmonists" (R): Six singing performers – three of them Jewish – charm Germany, just as Adolf Hitler assumes power.
  • "Teaching Mrs. Tingle" (PG-13): A ruthless teacher (Helen Mirren) stands between a gifted high school student (Katie Holmes) and a college scholarship.
  • Dec. 21

  • "Summer of Sam" (R): A neighborhood goes crazy when a mob boss offers a bounty to find who's behind the "Son of Sam" murders.

    Dec. 28

  • "Better Than Chocolate" (NR): A social circle of lesbians discovers the bonds of love and friendship.
  • "Mickey Blue Eyes" (PG-13): Hugh Grant, who runs an auction house in New York, falls in love with the daughter (Jeanne Tripplehorn) of a Mafia boss (James Caan).
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