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Sneaks '93 : Opening Soon

January 24, 1993

After the throat-clearing of January, the year starts off on a decidedly thoughtful note. In a drama-heavy schedule, two films focus on the other Los Angeles--the one outside the movie industry. Taylor Hackford's "Blood In-Blood Out" follows three East L.A. cousins over 12 years, and in "Falling Down," the economy, the freeways and urban anxiety overwhelm a working man. In "Sommersby," Civil War veteran Richard Gere finds a wary reception when he returns from battle. The first of several spoofs Hollywood has waiting arrives: "National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon I."

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Amos & Andrew. A comedy about an African-American playwright (Samuel L. Jackson) who settles into a mansion on a vacation island, prompting the locals to assume he is a burglar. With Nicolas Cage, Dabney Coleman and Michael Lerner. (Columbia)

Army of Darkness. Director Sam Raimi sends "Evil Dead" star Bruce Campbell back to the Dark Ages. To return to the present, the time-traveling hero must not only battle an army of the dead, but also steal their souls. (Universal)

Blood In . . . Blood Out. Taylor Hackford directs the 12-year saga of three cousins growing up in L.A.'s Latino culture. Their lives are inextricably linked, yet their adult experiences yield unexpected results. Jesse Borrego, Benjamin Bratt and Damian Chapa star. (Buena Vista)

Brother's Keeper. A documentary about the murder of one of four elderly, unmarried brothers who lived in a squalid two-room shack on a New York dairy farm. When the victim's bedmate confessed, the case garnered national attention. From Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky. (Creative Thinking Intl.)

The Cemetery Club. Ellen Burstyn, Olympia Dukakis and Diane Ladd play three middle-aged widows who find life quite different the second time around. Danny Aiello, Lainie Kazan and Christina Ricci also star for director Bill Duke. (Buena Vista)

Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice. Continues the saga of the satanic children who terrorize a town. David Price directs; Terence Knox stars. (Dimension)

Dead Alive. When the population of walking corpses in a '50s neighborhood becomes a nuisance, a young couple decide to deal with it. Peter Jackson directs; Timothy Balme stars. (Trimark)

Double Threat. Sally Kirkland and Andrew Stevens star in the erotic story of an aging movie star, her co-star and her "body double." David A. Prior directs. (Pyramid)

El Mariachi. Robert Rodriguez wrote and directed this futuristic action movie for $7,000. Set in a Mexican border town, it deals with a mariachi musician and a hit man. Carlos Gallardo and Consuelo Gomez star. (Columbia)

Ethan Frome. Liam Neeson stars in the classic story of a farmer who dutifully tends to his invalid wife but longs for the beautiful housekeeper who comes to stay with them in turn-of-the-century New England. Patricia Arquette and Joan Allen star for director John Madden. (Miramax)

Excessive Force. Martial-arts enthusiast Thomas Ian Griffith wrote this action script in which he plays a Chicago cop accused of ripping off $3 million and setting up his partners, who are killed during a bust. With Lance Henriksen and James Earl Jones. (New Line)

Falling Down. A laid-off defense worker (Michael Douglas), estranged from his wife and daughter, loses it one day during a traffic jam. Robert Duvall is the cop who must stop Douglas. Joel Schumacher directs; Barbara Hershey, Tuesday Weld and Rachel Ticotin co-star. (Warner Bros.)

A Far Off Place. Two teen-age friends are forced into the wilderness by a gang of poachers and undertake a 1,000-mile trek across the Kalahari desert. Former cinematographer Mikael Salomon directs Reese Witherspoon, Ethan Randall, Jack Thompson and Maximilian Schell. (Buena Vista)

Fifty-Fifty. Peter Weller, Robert Hays and Charles Martin Smith star in a comedic action tale of two CIA mercenaries who overthrow a dictator in a South China Sea country. Smith directs. (Cannon)

Groundhog Day. Bill Murray, Andie McDowell and Chris Elliott get together for director Harold Ramis in this romantic comedy. Murray's an ego-driven TV weatherman who relives Feb. 2 over and over. (Columbia)

Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey. Three pets become separated from their owners and must make a perilous trip back to them. Set in the Pacific Northwest. Robert Hays and Kim Greist star as the humans; directed by Duwayne Dunham. (Buena Vista)

Into the West. Mike Newell ("Enchanted April") directs a Jim Sheridan script in which two young children steal a horse and ride like the wind--pursued by the police and others. With Gabriel Byrne and Ellen Barkin; filmed in Ireland. (Miramax)

Just Another Girl on the IRT. A character named Chantel speaks with candor about her hopes and dreams. Ariyan Johns stars for writer-director Leslie Harris. (Miramax)

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