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These 1993 movies still have something to say –

With this year’s Academy Awards behind us, it’s a good time to look further back, at the movies celebrating the 25th anniversary of their release. Some of the 1993 films below represent truly excellent cinema; some are so-so. But all are worthy of conversation and reflection today.

Here, then, is my second annual list of 25-year-old films whose lessons I recommend — together with the person or persons I recommend each one for.

For those who consider their political adversaries vicious monsters they dare not approach, “The Sandlot.” Too many today have forgotten the childhood cycle of cooperation, risk and discovery. If kids can do it, the rest of us can, too. True, sometimes the dog in the next yard really is a beast you should stay away from. But sometimes, when you finally knock on the door, this happens.

For those who need a reminder of what real struggle is, “The Piano.” A wonderful story of perseverance and triumph over the odds. Well-deserved Oscars for both Holly Hunter and Anna Paquin, then 11. Lovely music, too.

For those who worry about the consequences of out-of-control technology, “Jurassic Park.” I mean, seriously. What else? Because Steven Spielberg’s interpretation of Michael Crichton’s best-seller is so tense and thrilling, it’s easy to forget that the film preserves the novel’s cautionary message about technocratic hubris. The special effects have aged well. Also, vintage Jeff Goldblum.

Liam Neeson, left, and Olaf Lubaszenko in Schindler's List. (Universal Pictures)
Liam Neeson, left, and Olaf Lubaszenko in “Schindler’s List.” (Universal Pictures)

For those across the political spectrum who have grown alarmingly casual about how they toss around the words “Nazi” and “fascist,” “Schindler’s List.” Spielberg’s Holocaust masterpiece is difficult to watch but impossible to turn away from, in part because of the

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