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'TITANIC' RIDING HIGH ON CRITIC'S LIST

James Cameron's three-hour epic "Titanic" floated atop The New York Times' list of the top 14 movies of 1997.

The director "had the audacity to dream of the great, huge spectacles Hollywood had stopped making," according to Times film critic Janet Maslin, who ranked the year's top big screen offerings. Curtis Hanson, whose "L.A. Confidential" came in second, "restored film noir to its own lost glory," Ms. Maslin said.

Robert Duval's "The Apostle"; "Deconstructing Harry" by Woody Allen; "The Pillow Book," by Peter Greenaway; Atom Egoyan's "The Sweet Hereafter" came in third, fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.

They were followed by "In the Company of Men," Neil LaBute's first film; "Boogie Nights," Paul Thomas Anderson's debut; Jacques Doillon's "Ponette"; "Ulee's Gold," by Victor Nunez; John Woo's "Face/Off"; "La Promesse," by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne; and Mike Newell's "Donnie Brasco." "The Full Monty," Robert Carlyle's sleeper hit, came in 14th.

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