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If #metoo existed back when “Hurlyburly” (1998) was being filmed, a mob of anarchist feminists would have descended on the set and murdered all the male characters. Historians can debate whether we’d be better off. Anyway, this is probably the worst of those 1990s movies that tried to portray the vacuousness of Hollywood wheeling-dealing. It’s definitely the most misogynistic. And to think, 15 years later, Robin Wright and Kevin Spacey would team up again for “House of Cards.” And by the time she negotiated an equally inflated salary, he’d get me-tooed and she’d ultimately lose her job. It’s next-level karma.

“L.A. Confidential” (1997) is a modern film noir classic that unfortunately has fallen off the radar. So has its star, Guy Pearce, who plays an idealistic cop with a streak of self-promotion. The juicy role failed to ignite the Englishman’s career. Instead, an Aussie, Russell Crowe, became the box office gladiator, so to speak, after his co-starring role as a brutal cop with a streak of idealism. The plot is delightfully stylish and multidimensional without becoming ridiculous. So are the conflicted characters played by Kevin Spacey, Kim Basinger, Danny DeVito and David Strathairn’s mustache. The Oscar-nominated score is great, too.

There aren’t many movies about Puerto Rico, so I can safely say “A Show of Force” (1990) is one of the better movies about Puerto Rico. It’s a heavy-handed, left-leaning, sorta-based-on-a-true-story political crime thriller starring the bizarre combination of Amy Irving, Andy Garcia, Kevin Spacey, Erik Estrada, Robert Duvall and Lou Diamond Phillips. And Andy Garcia’s beard, which covers so much territory, it deserved its own credit. Spacey plays a mysterious FBI agent. His performance might have been more effective had he played Frank Underwood or Keyser Soze first. You’ll roll your eyes realizing that Irving is playing a Hispanic journalist.