|LAST YEAR'S MOST POPULAR COLUMN was the one about smart 90s movies to rent during the dumb summer movie season. So in true 90s movie fashion, heres the (late) summer sequel:
The Opposite of SexWhat starts as a gleefully un-PC comedy about a cynical teenage seductress (Christina Ricci) unexpectedly turns out to have real characters, tooLisa Kudrow is particularly good.
Colonel ChabertThe great Gerard Depardieu as a Napoleonic soldier thought dead, who haunts his rich wife and her social-climbing new husband like a reproachful wraith.
TouchIf off-kilter black comedy based on Elmore (Get Shorty) Leonard isnt enough to entice you, how about this: Christopher Walken as an ex-televangelist?
Vanya on 42nd StreetAnother beautifully simple film from the stars and director of My Dinner With Andre: a group of actors (including the luminous Julianne Moore) gather to explore Chekhov in a NYC theater.
Unstrung HeroesMichael (Kramer) Richards should have gotten a supporting Oscar nomination as one of the two crazy uncles in writer Franz Lidzs bittersweet childhood memoir, sensitively directed by Diane Keaton.
Hard EightAn aging gambler takes a loser under his wingbut why? First film by the director of Boogie Nights is as tight as that film is sprawling.