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Sneaks 94 : Fall/christmas

January 23, 1994

Fall will finally bring the answer to the question movie goers have been debating for months: How believable is Tom Cruise as Lestat? Annette Bening and Warren Beatty try to bring their off-screen romance to film in "Love Affair," with some help form Katherine Hepburn. Macaulay Culkin becomes comic-book rich kid Richie Rich, Johnny Depp plays comic-book-worthy B-movie impresario Ed Wood, and Robert De Niro is transformed into a darkly comic monster in Kenneth Branagh's "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein." Of course, it wouldn't be fall without an Anthony Hopkins period drama, and this year finds him in two, both set in a more innocent America: "The Road to Wellville," as corn-flake magnate John Harvey Kellogg, and the Montana epic, "Legends of the Fall."

Blackout. Traditional roles in a Bronx Latino community are turned around when a young mother takes a job at a record company; the title refers to a power outage that triggers some events--both humorous and otherwise--in the 'hood. Lauren Velez stars. (Columbia)

Boys on the Side. Whoopi Goldberg, Mary-Louise Parker and Drew Barrymore take a cross-country journey, chaperoned by director Herbert Ross. These women couldn't be more different, but they somehow meld into the family that none of them has ever known. (Warner Bros.)

The Browning Version. Professor Albert Finney decides to leave his post at England's exclusive Abbey School for boys after more than 20 years. Greta Scacchi plays his wife, who makes a decision of her own--to seek the embrace of Matthew Modine, an American teacher on the exchange program. Mike Figgis directs. (Paramount)

Bullets Over Broadway. Woody Allen's inaugural film from his Sweetland Films association stars John Cusack, Chazz Palminteri, Mary-Louise Parker, Jennifer Tilly, Tracey Ullman, Jack Warden and Dianne Wiest. Cusack is a 1920s playwright in this comedy, in which we'll witness much of the chaos that takes place behind the scenes of a Broadway smash.

Casper. Christina Ricci sheds her ghoulish makeup to play a more, um, conventional little girl in this live-action/animation hybrid from Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment. Ricci's the only living being able to see Casper, the world's friendliest ghost. (Universal)

Cobb. As in Ty, Tommy Lee Jones plays the baseball superstar who reveals much to a sportswriter he has hired to transcribe his life story. A notorious player was Cobb, and the reporter faces a dilemma: Print the truth about let the myth stand for all time. Ron Shelton directs his own script. (Warner Bros.)

The Crossing Guard. Jack Nicholson stars for writer, director and pal Sean Penn in this tale of revenge. David Morse endures prison for eight years for killing Nicholson's daughter while driving drunk. That's a picnic compared to what ol' Jack's got planned for after he's released. (Miramax)

Drop Zone. John Badham directs a thriller for the sky-diving set. A notorious computer hacker is being transferred from one prison to another when a criminal cartel grabs him right out of a Boeing 747. No cast yet. (Paramount)

Ed Wood. This guy made some horrendously bad movies in the '50s, but director Tim Burton will probably make a good one about him. Johnny Depp stars as the cross-dressing director of such anti-classics as "Glen or Glenda?" Sarah Jessica Parker, Patricia Arquette, Jeffrey Jones and Bill Murray co-star. (Touchstone)

The Goofy Movie. Goofy stars in his first feature film. Singer Tevin Campbell performs a few of the accompanying tunes. (Walt Disney)

Great Moments in Aviation. "Used People's" Beeban Kidran directs this comedy-drama aboard a ship during the 1950s. During a young Caribbean woman's journey to England where she'll fly planes, she mingles with bizarre people, encounters wicked lies and a few unplanned experiences. Jonathan Pryce, Vanessa Redgrave and John Hurt star. (Miramax)

The Hour of the Pig. This black, comic murder mystery stars Colin Firth as a lawyer who leaves hectic Paris for the serene Abbeville during medieval times. Tranquillity is short-lived, for soon he's embroiled in sexual, religious and political intrigue. There's more: A pig is tried for murder. (Miramax)

Imaginary Crimes. Harvey Keitel is a con artist with plenty of dreams but is a tad bereft in the luck department. But he does have a lovely teen in Fairuza Balk who loves her widower dad, even creating short stories inspired by his pathetic shenanigans. Anthony Drazan directs. (Warner Bros.)

Interview With the Vampire. Anne Rice's jugular vein popped when she learned Tom Cruise would play the vampire Lestat, and her fans soon echoed her chagrin. Brad Pitt essays Louis, the vampire who tells interviewer Christian Slater how Lestat changed his life one night on a New Orleans plantation 200 years ago. Neil Jordan directs. (Warner Bros.)

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