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Big Cast: Andie McDowell, Bruce Davison, Jack Lemmon, Julianne Moore, Matthew Modine, Anne Archer, Fred Ward, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Chris Penn, Lili Taylor, Robert Downey Jr., Madeleine Stowe, Tim Robbins, Lily Tomlin, Tom Waits, Frances McDormand, Peter Gallagher, Lyle Lovett, Buck Henry, Huey Lewis
Little Story: Raymond Carver, whose short stories are the basis for this sprawling Robert Altman ensemble picture, is a master of minimalism, and while this is a big film just by virtue of running time, it is still all about tiny gestures, small moments, and those things that can seem earth-shattering when they happen to you but microscopic to anyone else.
Big Moment: Julianne Moore's career-defining moment when she confronts her husband while wearing no pants. Yes, it got our attention, but not for the wrong reason. It is one of those scenes where you know as you're watching it that you'll be watching this actor for the rest of your life, and sure enough. - Drew McWeeny