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SUMMER SNEAKS

Hot, Bothered and Listed

It's a thrill a minute out there, and 101 different ways to get there.

May 12, 1996|RICHARD CROMELIN

TODAY

Wild Bill Hollywood Maverick. The portrait of William Wellman includes clips from some of the director's classics, from "Wings" to "A Star Is Born." (William Wellman Jr.)

FRIDAY

Flipper. Elijah Wood's bummer of a summer at the island home of his ex-hippie uncle (Paul Hogan) is salvaged by an orphaned dolphin. (Universal)

Heaven's Prisoners. Alec Baldwin is an ex-New Orleans cop whose family is threatened by a crime lord. Mary Stuart Masterson, Kelly Lynch, Teri Hatcher and Eric Roberts round out director Phil Joanou's cast. (New Line)

The Horseman on the Roof. A cholera epidemic in 1832 Provence is the backdrop for a drama of powerful emotions, centered on a tireless officer riding from town to town. Jean-Paul Rappeneau ("Cyrano") directs. (Miramax)

I Shot Andy Warhol. This portrait of Valerie Solanas (Lili Taylor), the woman who popped the Pop Art icon, features such figures as Candy Darling (Stephen Dorff) and Viva (Tahnee Welch) and a score by the Velvet Underground's John Cale. (Samuel Goldwyn Co.)

Power 98. Eric Roberts is a shock-jock who takes young Jason Gedrick under his wing, much to the dismay of Jason's girlfriend Jennie Garth--especially when the murders start piling up. (Curb Entertainment)

MAY 22

Mission: Impossible. If Harrison Ford could do it for "The Fugitive," why not Tom Cruise for another classic TV series? Director Brian De Palma sends the star into a web of international intrigue. (Paramount)

MAY 23

Cold Fever. "Mystery Train's" Masatoshi Nagasi stars in this surreal road movie about a Japanese executive's eventful sojourn in Iceland. Lili Taylor and Fisher Stevens co-star. (Artistic License)

MAY 24

Someone Else's America. Yugoslav Goran Paskaljevic directs Tom Conti as a Spaniard who comes to America and opens a bar and grill in Brooklyn. (October Films)

Spy Hard. Villain Andy Griffith is unarmed (he lost them in an explosion) but extremely dangerous, as his old nemesis Leslie Nielsen discovers in this high-spying sendup. (Hollywood)

Welcome to the Dollhouse. The torment of an 11-year-old girl (Heather Matarazzo) facing the onset of the teen years yields dark comedy for writer-director Todd Solondz. (Sony Pictures Classics)

MAY 31

The Arrival. Astronomer Charlie Sheen is caught up in a web of secrets and lies after receiving a transmission from deep space. Written by David Twohy ("The Fugitive"), who also directs. (LIVE Entertainment)

A Boy Called Hate. Scott Caan is an alienated teen on the run with the woman (Missy Crider) he's rescued from a rapist--an assistant D.A. who is determined to put them away. The star's dad, James Caan, and Elliott Gould also appear. (Dove Entertainment)

Dragonheart. Dennis Quaid and his dragon sidekick (voice by Sean Connery, body by Industrial Light & Magic) battle a tyrannical ruler in the 10th century. (Universal)

Eddie. Whoopi Goldberg plays a rabid fan of a sad-sack NBA team who is appointed coach by the eccentric owner. (Hollywood)

JUNE 6

Butterfly Kiss. A bizarre drifter named Eunice (Amanda Plummer) is the centerpiece of this macabre black comedy about love and murder. (CFP)

JUNE 7

The Phantom. Billy Zane dons the hooded outfit of the comic strip hero. Treat Williams, Kristy Swanson and Patrick McGoohan are along for the adventure ride, directed by Simon Wincer (Paramount)

The Rock. Commando Ed Harris and company capture Alcatraz and hold San Francisco hostage with chemical weapons. Can FBI man Nicolas Cage and crafty con Sean Connery save the day? (Hollywood)

The Visitors. France's highest-grossing film ever concerns knight Jean Reno ("La Femme Nikita"), who is transported by a witch from the 12th century to the 20th. (Miramax)

JUNE 14

The Cable Guy. Mayhem figures to ensue sometime between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. when renegade cable installer Jim Carrey calls on Matthew Broderick. Ben Stiller directs. (Columbia)

Moll Flanders. Robin Wright follows Kim Novak as Daniel Defoe's spirited heroine. Morgan Freeman and Stockard Channing also star in the story of survival in 18th century London. (MGM)

Somebody to Love. The relationship between taxi dancer Rosie Perez and has-been TV star Harvey Keitel is complicated by admiring patron Michael DeLorenzo. (October Films).

Stealing Beauty. Bernardo Bertolucci directs Liv Tyler as a 19-year-old American who encounters an assortment of characters (including Jeremy Irons, Joseph Fiennes and Sinead Cusack) during a revealing sojourn in Italy. (Fox Searchlight)

Switchblade Sisters. A re-release of Jack Hill's 1975 cult item about some tough chicks--including Lenny Bruce's daughter Kitty. (Miramax)

JUNE 20

Who Killed Teddy Bear? Reissue of the 1965 exploitation thriller about a psychotic busboy (Sal Mineo) and his prey (Juliet Prowse). (Strand)

JUNE 21

Eraser. Arnold Schwarzenegger is an elite federal marshal protecting Vanessa Williams so she can testify against some powerful foes. James Caan and James Coburn are in on the taut action, as directed by Charles Russell ("The Mask"). (Warner Bros.)

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