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Laramie Movie Scope:
Top 10 movies of 1996

My picks of the best of 1996 with the usual caveat

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by Robert Roten, Film Critic
[Strip of film rule] January 9, 1997 -- It's time for the top 10 movies of 1996. I have to start off with the usual caveat that I haven't seen some of the top movies of 1996 because they haven't made it to Laramie yet.

Some films that haven't been shown here yet, such as "Looking for Richard," "Hamlet," "Everyone Says I Love You," "Heidi Fleiss," and "The Crucible," may get here in the next few months or may be shown in the fall film series. Some may never be shown on the big screen here. I have seen some of the top films of 1996 on video, but not the ones listed above.

I went out of town to see "The English Patient" and "Shine." I thought "The English Patient" was overrated, but "Shine" is a wonderful film. My favorite film of the year was "Antonia's Line." Although I saw it in the fall, 1996, Wyo Theatre Film Series, it was actually released in 1995, so it doesn't count. Too bad.

I saw the year's best science fiction film "The Arrival," on video tape because it never made it to Laramie. It would have looked even better on the big screen.

Here's my top 10:

1. Fargo

2. Jerry Maguire

3. Shine

4. Courage Under Fire

5. Sling Blade

6. Hunchback of Notre Dame

7. Welcome to the Dollhouse

8. Star Trek: First Contact

9. The Arrival

10. Bound

Honorable mention:

1. 2 Days in the Valley

2. The Rock

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Copyright © 1997 Robert Roten. All rights reserved.
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