Cinema: The Best Cinema of 1999

1 ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER A Madrid nurse (Cecilia Roth), luxuriating in grief, goes to Barcelona, where she learns to live again by tending to creatures even more wounded than she. Pedro Almodovar's screwball melodrama has all the kooky verve of his early comedies, but with a depth and life-enhancing warmth that proves Spain's bad boy has reached a vibrant maturity. If this movie doesn't touch your heart, consult a cardiologist. You may be missing something.

2 THE MATRIX With its dazzling effects and the dizzying ways it toys with reality, virtual and actual, this film may or may not portend...

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