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Wrapping Up the Year

November 08, 1998

Opening Friday

The Decline of Western Civilization Part III. Youth pulse-taker Penelope Spheeris turns her documentary eye on the homeless "gutter-punks" of Hollywood. (Spheeris Films)

Hard Core Logo. A legendary Vancouver punk band undertakes a reunion tour that brings its members up against some hard truths. (Rolling Thunder)

I'll Be Home for Christmas. Jonathan Taylor Thomas must hitchhike across the country in a Santa get-up or lose the Porsche his dad has promised him. (Walt Disney)

I Still Know What You Did Last Summer. Jennifer Love Hewitt, shaky from that last movie, heads for the Bahamas and encounters more mayhem. Singer Brandy makes her feature film debut as her pal. (Columbia)

Meet Joe Black. If an otherworldly creature is going to take human form, he might as well pick Brad Pitt's. While on Earth, he falls in love with Anthony Hopkins' daughter Claire Forlani. (Universal)

Welcome to Woop Woop. "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" director Stephan Elliott returns to the outback, where an isolated town is ruled by Rodgers & Hammerstein aficionado Daddy-O (Rod Taylor). One of his rules: No one leaves. (Goldwyn Films)

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Nov. 20

A Bug's Life. An ant organizes a squad of insects to save the colony from invading grasshoppers in Pixar/Disney's theatrical follow-up to "Toy Story." (Walt Disney)

Celebrity. Woody Allen's comedic ensemble this time includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Winona Ryder, Kenneth Branagh, Melanie Griffith and Charlize Theron. (Miramax)

Dancing at Lughnasa. Meryl Streep is part of a close-knit Irish clan whose secrets begin to break through as Europe approaches upheaval in 1936. (Sony Pictures Classics)

Enemy of the State. NSA official Jon Voight's elaborate crime and cover-up ensnare attorney Will Smith, who's framed for murder. Mysterious operative Gene Hackman is his only hope. Directed by Tony Scott and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. (Touchstone)

The Rugrats Movie. The Nickelodeon animated series jumps to the big screen with a story centered on the birth of Tommy Pickles' brother, Dil. (Paramount)

Savior. Dennis Quaid as a mercenary who attempts to rediscover his humanity amid the cruelty of warfare in Bosnia. (Lions Gate)

Waking Ned Devine. The British comedy concerns the uproar in a small Irish town when an unknown resident wins the lottery. (Fox Searchlight)

River Red. Tom Everett Scott and David Moscow as brothers whose final confrontation with their abusive father leads to a destructive deception. (Castle Hill)

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Nov. 25

Babe: Pig in the City. James Cromwell and Magda Szubanski return as the Hoggets, joined by Mickey Rooney in this sequel to the barnyard blockbuster. (Universal)

Central Station. The story of a Rio de Janeiro woman and a boy seeking his father in the remote Northeast is a metaphor for Brazil's search for its own roots. (Sony Pictures Classics)

Home Fries. An eccentric mother, two brothers and the woman the boys are obsessed with are the principals in an offbeat comedy starring Drew Barrymore, Catherine O'Hara, Luke Wilson, Jake Busey and Shelly Duvall. (Warner Bros.)

The Last Emperor. Almost an hour of unseen footage expands the director's cut of Bertolucci's 1987 epic to its original 219-minute running time. (Artisan Entertainment)

Ringmaster. Jerry Springer plays himself in a fictional account of the antics behind the scenes as two groups of guests become even more dysfunctional in each other's company. (Artisan Entertainment)

Steam: The Turkish Bath. When a Roman designer is bequeathed a traditional steam bath in Istanbul, he enters a new and sensuous realm. (Strand)

Very Bad Things. In the dark comedy from first-time writer-director Peter Berg, a bachelor party triggers a series of fateful decisions. With Christian Slater, Cameron Diaz, Daniel Stern and Jeanne Tripplehorn, among others. (PolyGram)

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Nov. 27

Ten Benny. A man tries a shortcut to the big time, jeopardizing his friendships and his future. (Palisades Pictures)

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Dec. 4

Denial. Writer Adam Rifkin ("Mousehunt," "Small Soldiers") also directs this inquiry into the state of monogamy, enacted by three sophisticated couples. (Blump's International Releasing)

Little Voice. Jane Horrocks re-creates her stage role in this adaptation of Jim Cartwright's play about a girl who can only express herself through vintage songs. Michael Caine, Ewan McGregor, Brenda Blethyn and Jim Broadbent also star. (Miramax)

Psycho. Vince Vaughn hands Anne Heche her room key in director Gus Van Sant's scene-for-scene homage to Alfred Hitchcock's classic. (Universal)

A Simple Plan. Bill Paxton and Billy Bob Thornton star in screenwriter Scott Smith's adaptation of his own novel about two men who steal $4.4 million from a downed airplane. (Paramount)

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Dec. 11

Red Meat. That's what's on the table as three men spin anecdotes that reflect contrasting attitudes toward sex and love. (Peninsula Films)

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