1998 promises to be a big year for Hollywood, with the eagerly anticipated Steven Spielberg World War II drama Saving Private Ryan on the way, a reboot of the classic monster movie Godzilla arriving in July, as well as a late summer big screen version of The Avengers, with Ralph Fiennes as John Steed, Uma Thurman as Emma Peel, and Sean Connery as Sir August de Wynter.

The winter months have typically been somewhat fallow as far as Hollywood is concerned. The big guns are slated for summer, those blockbusters and popcorn flicks we all love, and many films seen as Oscar contenders show up in the fall. The studio slate so far this year has not been totally top-notch, but there have been a few gems, including a couple that were little seen but are worth seeking out on cable or video cassette. These, then, are the best films so far of 1998.

10. The Wedding Singer


After his successful stint with Saturday Night Live, the versatile Adam Sandler turned to movies, proving his comic chops with films like Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore. In The Wedding Singer, Sandler plays Robbie Hart, a party singer who covers the hits from the 1980’s. While performing at a wedding he meets Drew Barrymore, a waitress, and the two find themselves on a collision course to love.

This film has legs, and there’s something about The Wedding Singer that elevates it above similar run-of-the-mill comedies. Perhaps it’s the appeal of star Sandler, whose boyishness and self-deprecating charm audiences find irresistible. Perhaps it’s the simple story, penned by Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore scribe Tim Herlihy, that’s relatable. Perhaps it serves as a nostalgic flashback for those of us who came of age in the 1980’s. But whatever it is, it’s an entertaining 95 minutes at the movies.

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This article was first posted on April 1, 2013