The Best Of 1995: CINEMA

1 PERSUASION and SENSE AND SENSIBILITY The first of these Jane Austen adaptations is reserved, the second more bustling. But both have heroines (played impeccably by Amanda Root and Emma Thompson) who tend to others' emotional needs while submerging their own, yet find a romantic reward. The enchanted viewer is rewarded too: by subtle ensemble acting, writing that understands the void that tactful conversation fills, direction (by Roger Michell and Ang Lee, respectively) that finds the hidden hungers of the cautious soul. Honorable mention to Clueless, the Emma of Beverly Hills High.

2 CRUMB Robert Crumb, the Brueghel of underground comic...

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