JURASSIC PARK (1993)

Perhaps the best of the Steven Spielberg popcorn movies, with dinosaur effects that incredibly still hold up 28 years later.

APOLLO 13 (1995)

A very accurate, well-made docudrama about an actual space emergency, it all feels a bit airless to me (sorry).

FARGO (1996)

The Coen Brothers’ masterpiece of a modern noir set against the snowbound niceness of the Upper Midwest in winter.

COOL RUNNINGS (1993)

Our Summer Games Virtual Film Festival kicks off with the cool story (bro) of the 1988 Jamaican bobsled team… or a story, at any rate

CLUELESS (1995)

The most mid-90s of mid-90s movies is somehow based on a Jane Austen novel, and also somehow really good.

CROOKLYN (1994)

Spike Lee’s semiautobiographical depiction of his own childhood feels “true,” but really rubs me the wrong way.

CONTACT (1997)

An underrated sleeper of a science fiction classic, about things most movies have no interest in.