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JUNE 29, 1998: 

CAN'T HARDLY WAIT. This movie rocked my world. Jennifer Love Hewitt stars as a high-school princess at a really ganga all-night graduation party. She just got the big dumpola from her hunky jock boyfriend, Peter "Hey, I'm Tom Cruise's look-alike and there's no stoppin' me" Facinelli. But no prob, 'cause the totally sweet Ethan "Look out Matthew McConaughy, I'm takin' over" Embry has been in love with her for like eons, and he's telling her tonight! But guess what? Embry's cynical best friend, played by Lauren "Mind if I borrow your attitude, Ms. Garofalo?" Ambrose, loves him even more painfully than Mary Stuart Masterson loved Eric Stoltz in Some Kind of Wonderful! Ouch! If you think that's brutal, wait till you get a load of Seth Green, a dweeby wannabe who has no idea where it's at; or Charlie Korsmo, the genius geek who finally stands up and makes everybody take notice! It's a kick-ass party that made me wish I was invited. And it was rad to see a cameo by Sabrina the Teenage Witch--without that stupid cat! Writer/directors Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan are, like, the John Hughes of the '90s.
--Brittany Barnes

CLOCKWATCHERS. Finally, a movie that takes on the most pathetic area of corporate America: the world of temporary workers. Stuffed into cubicles, monitored by cameras, denied benefits or living wages, and treated with such disregard that few bother to remember their names, the temps in Clockwatchers try to use friendship to fight against their nowhere existence. Will office pettiness get the best of them? The answers are simultaneously hilarious and depressing, buffered by the kind of details that only someone who has endured the mind-numbing banality of temp work could know. Kudos to the writing-directing team of Karen and Jill Sprecher, sisters who in their first outing have out-classed 99-percent of other filmmakers by focusing on an unaddressed yet wholly relevant social subject. Well-realized performances by Toni Collette, Lisa Kudrow, Alanna Ubach, and especially Parker Posey keep the film a constant treat. Definitely one of the best movies of the year. --Woodruff

SHOOTING FISH. A cute caper comedy from Britain, Shooting Fish piles on the winks and smiles and skimps on anything you might actually feel in your gut. Dan Futterman and Stuart Townsend play twentysomething orphans who keep pulling off quick scams so they can save up to buy a mansion. Kate Beckinsale's pixie hair and perfect teeth star as the guys' perky love interest. Will Kate fall for the fast-talking, ever-smirking playboy, or the shy, socially awkward technical wizard? The movie hardly pauses for an answer, whisking our protagonists off for still more mini-adventures. For all its mobility, though, Shooting Fish never really catches you off guard, and gets about as sexy as a science fair. It would make a nice double feature with Cold Comfort Farm. Emphasis on the word "nice." --Woodruff

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