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SNEAKS '98

Yes, It's a Lot of Movies but You Have a Whole Year

January 18, 1998

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An Alan Smithee Film--Burn, Hollywood, Burn. Writer Joe Eszterhas skewers the world of big-budget films in this satirical account of an ill-fated production. (Hollywood)

Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life. Sharon Gless narrates and Michael Paxton directs an examination of the author's life, including her Hollywood apprenticeship to Cecil B. DeMille. (Strand)

Blues Brothers 2000. Director John Landis reunites with Dan Aykroyd for this sequel, which co-stars John Goodman and features musical acts ranging from Aretha Franklin to Erykah Badu. (Universal)

FOR THE RECORD
Los Angeles Times Sunday January 25, 1998 Home Edition Calendar Page 92 Calendar Desk 2 inches; 44 words Type of Material: Correction
Sneaks '98 addenda--Add to the fall schedule, from PolyGram, "What Dreams May Come," a romantic drama set in the afterlife, where Robin Williams goes through hell (literally) to bring back the woman he loves. Annabella Sciorra, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Max Van Sydow also star. Vincent Ward directs a Ron Bass script.

The Borrowers. Unscrupulous lawyer John Goodman threatens the happiness of the Clock family--a clan of tiny people who coexist with a normal household. Based on the children's books by Mary Norton. (PolyGram)

The Break. An escaped Irish rebel (Stephen Rea) and a group of Guatemalan immigrants form an unlikely alliance for assassination in New York. (Castle Hill).

Dangerous Beauty. Catherine McCormack plays a celebrated courtesan in 16th century Venice as the city declines to a ravaged landscape. (Warner Bros.)

Dark City. Alex Proyas ("The Crow") helms this futuristic thriller about a man who discovers that his memories and reality are artificial creations. William Hurt, Rufus Sewell and Kiefer Sutherland star. (New Line)

Deceiver. Tim Roth is an alcoholic aristocrat who spars with the investigators interrogating him about a prostitute's murder. Written and directed by Jonas and Josh Pate ("The Grave"). (MGM)

Deep Rising. Would-be hijackers get in over their heads when they board a luxury liner that's been taken over by a horrific invader. Treat Williams heads the cast. (Hollywood)

Desperate Measures. Murderer Michael Keaton is the perfect DNA match for the bone marrow transplant needed by the son of cop Andy Garcia in this Barbet Schroeder-directed drama. (TriStar)

The Dress. In Alex van Warmerdam's surreal film, we follow the "life" of a dress in a tale filled with sex, violence, comedy and drama. In Dutch with English subtitles. (Attitude Films)

Four Days in September. Alan Arkin plays the victim in this account of the kidnapping of the American ambassador to Brazil and its effect on the young perpetrators. (Miramax)

Full Speed. A young man is reeling from the death of his best friend when some new protagonists enter the scene in Gale Morel's exploration of modern youth. (Strand)

The Gingerbread Man. Robert Altman directs John Grisham's first screenplay, with Kenneth Branagh as a Southern lawyer caught up in intrigue surrounding a beautiful woman (Embeth Davidtz). (PolyGram)

Gonin. Rising director Takashi Ishii enters Japan's underbelly for the story of five desperate men, a daring robbery and two eccentric avengers. (Phaedra Cinema)

Great Expectations. Robert De Niro, Ethan Hawke and Gwyneth Paltrow head the cast in an updated and transplanted version of the Dickens classic set in Florida and New York. Alfonso Cuaron directs. (Fox)

Homegrown. Billy Bob Thornton stars in the story of three hang-loose pot farmers who get in over their heads when they try to run the business. (Columbia)

Hurricane Streets. Morgan Freeman directs a drama about a youth (Brendan Sexton III) who tries to break away from the thug life in Staten Island, N.Y. (United Artists)

I Love You, Don't Touch Me. Julie Davis makes her directing debut with her own script about a woman (Marla Schaffel) negotiating the complications of romance in the '90s. (Goldwyn Films)

Incognito. Jason Patric, Irene Jacob and Rod Steiger in the story of a master art forger whose final effort leads to betrayal and flight. John Badham directs. (Warner Bros.)

The Knowledge of Healing. House calls in northern India and Mongolia illustrate the principles and practice of the ancient Tibetan medical tradition. (IN Pictures)

Krippendorf's Tribe. Anthropologist Richard Dreyfuss must quickly concoct a primitive society to film, before his elaborate ruse is discovered. Will his dysfunctional kids come to dad's rescue? (Touchstone)

The Leading Man. Jon Bon Jovi is a stage actor entangled in a series of affairs with a playwright's wife and a leading lady. (BMG Independents)

Les Miserables. Bille August directs Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush, Uma Thurman and Claire Danes in a new version of Victor Hugo's classic. (Columbia)

Live Flesh. Pedro Almodovar's latest concerns the surprising interaction between a man just out of jail and the people who wrongfully put him there. (Goldwyn Films)

Love Walked In. Things get sticky when lovers Denis Leary and Aitana Sanchez-Gijon scheme to entrap Terence Stamp in a compromising position. (Triumph)

Mission to Mir. An Imax look at the Russian space station and the high-altitude perestroika occurring there. (Imax)

Nil by Mouth. Writer-director Gary Oldman based his look at troubled London denizens on memories of his own working-class youth. Eric Clapton provides the score. (Sony Pictures Classics)

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