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Here's a sample of the first weekend's films:

September 26, 1997|JACK MATHEWS

"Love and Death on Long Island" (unrated): Richard Kwietniowski's feature debut is a beautifully structured and perfectly performed culture-clash comedy about an insulated British novelist's romantic obsession with an American pop star. John Hurt plays Giles De'Ath, an intellectual with such disdain for pop culture, he doesn't even know movies like "Hotpants College II" exist, let alone feature an actor who could become the love of his life. After seeing the movie (he thought he was in line for something by E.M. Forster), Giles immerses himself in teen magazines, clipping out every picture of Ronnie Bostock (Jason Priestley), before moving to Long Island to be near him. But the further he insinuates himself into Ronnie's life, the more deluded he becomes about their relationship, and the more certain is his rude awakening to the real world.

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