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Sneaks '90 : Opening Soon

January 21, 1990

The schedule of quality films thins out dramatically during the first two months of each year, after the holiday blitz and during the frenzy of Oscar campaigning. Most of the wide Christmas releases play well into spring, and those more ambitious films that depend on Oscar nominations for the bulk of their promotion dawdle in exclusive runs until the academy verdicts are in.

For restless moviegoers, the main hope for January and February comes from foreign films and those major studio films that were originally timed to year-end release but were pushed into the new year. Among the foreign films finally arriving at theaters are Giuseppe Tornatore's "Cinema Paradiso," an acclaimed Italian film about a boy's relationship with a theater projectionist in a village, and Denys Arcand's "Jesus of Montreal," a French-language Canadian film about an actor who begins to believe he is the Messiah he portrays (Page 20).

The hopefuls from the major studios include Bob Rafelson's African adventure, "Mountains of the Moon"; John Frankenheimer's Berlin-set political drama "The Fourth War"; Martin Ritt's "Stanley & Iris," which co-stars Robert De Niro and Jane Fonda, and two Disney-Touchstone films: "Stella," with Bette Midler in the four-hankie role played by Barbara Stanwyck in the 1937 "Stella Dallas," and "Where the Heart Is," a dramatic comedy from English director John Boorman ("Hope and Glory").

Los Angeles Times Sunday January 28, 1990 Home Edition Calendar Page 23 Calendar Desk 4 inches; 111 words Type of Material: Correction
Last Sunday, Calendar published its annual "Sneaks" issue, this year with a list of the "423 (or so) movies" scheduled for release during 1990.
Some additions, clarifications and corrections:
Three Columbia Pictures releases, "Revenge," "Blind Fury" and "Loose Cannons," will all be released in the next month or so, not at the end of the year as was reported. "Revenge," produced by Hunt Lowry and Stanley Rubin, not by Ray Stark, will open Feb. 16. It is a Columbia/Rastar production).
"Late for Dinner" (fall )-- Mark Andrus is the screenwriter, not director W.D. Richter.
"Home Grown" (unscheduled) --This E.K. Gaylord II/Martin Poll production is directed by Stuart Rosenberg, not Stuart Benjamin.
"Queen's Logic" (summer)--Tony Spiridakis wrote the script, not director Steve Rash.

"Alienator"--Director Fred Olen Ray offers this sci-fier, wherein the hero chases an escaped space convict across the universe. Jan-Michael Vincent, John Phillip Law and P. J. Soles star. (Heritage Ent.)

"American Eagle"--Asher Brauner writes and stars in this action/adventure about three buddies who served together in Southeast Asia, only to engage in a frightening game of revenge 20 years later. With Robert F. Lyons, Vernon Wells and Kai Baker. Robert J. Smawley directs. (Triax)

"Angel Town"--Kick-boxing champion Olivier Gruner stars in this action/thriller involving East L.A. street gangs. Ash Shah and Eric Karson share the directing chores. Theresa Saldana, Frank Aragon and Tony Valentino co-star. (Taurus)

"Any Man's Death"--Suspense and action with an intriguing moral dilemma: A journalist discovers an aging ex-Nazi doctor in Angola. Once was responsible for the deaths of thousands, the doc now performs research that will ultimately benefit mankind. Will the reporter expose the old man, possibly jeopardizing future generations? John Savage, William Hickey, Mia Sara, Ernest Borgnine and Michael Lerner star. Tom Clegg directs. (Independent Network)

"Back to the Past"--This sequel to 1989's "Future Force" finds bionic bounty hunter David Carradine the target of a set-up. Only a mysterious time-traveler from the future can save him. Ted Prior and Charles Napier co-star. Directed by David Prior. (A.I.P.)

"Bail Jumper"--Eszter Balint (the visitor from Hungary in Jim Jarmusch's "Stranger Than Paradise") stars in the surreal romance about two young people on the lam. Bizarre weather sweeps the lovers from a petty crime spree in Missouri to a Staten Island hideout, where they seemingly find paradise. Christian Faber directs from a script written with co-producer Josephine Wallace. (Angelika)

"Basket Case 2"--Frank Henenlotter writes and directs this horror sequel in which a snooping tabloid reporter tries to discover what's in a deadly and mysterious basket. Kevin vanHentenryck and Annie Ross star. (Shapiro Glickenhaus)

"Blades"--A horror movie about golf in which Robert North, Jeremy Whelan and Victoria Scott find terror on the links. Thomas R. Rondinella directs. (Troma)

"The Blood of Heroes"--Rutger Hauer and Joan Chen star in this post-apocalyptic yarn about wandering teams of vicious gladiators, known as Juggers. Hauer leads his band of fighters into the biggest battle of them all. David Peoples writes/directs. (New Line)

"Blood Salvage"--A Georgia junkman deals in human body parts as a side business. Tucker Johnston directs/co-writes the horror flick. Danny Nelson, Lori Birdsong, Ray Walston and Evander Holyfield star. A High Five Production. (Distributor pending)

"The Boneyard"--A horror story revolving around the discovery of three dead Chinese children and the subsequent probe by a county coroner. The director/screenwriter is James Cummins; Ed Nelson, Deborah Rose, Norman Fell, James Eustermann, Denise Young and Phyllis Diller star. A Backbone production. (Distributor pending)

"Bye Bye Blues"--Anne Wheeler writes/directs this World War II romance. Rebecca Jenkins plays a woman who doesn't know if husband Michael Ontkean, caught in the fall of Singapore, is alive or dead. Landing a job singing with a Canadian band, she becomes romantically involved with trombonist Luke Reilly. Co-starring Stuart Margolin and Kate Reid. (Circle Films)

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