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

SNEAKS '98

January 18, 1998

The Legend of the Pianist on the Ocean. Abandoned at birth on a transatlantic ship, the seafaring musician (Tim Roth) grows up to engage in a monumental rivalry with Jelly Roll Morton (Clarence Williams III). (Fine Line)

The Matrix. Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne in a cyber-thriller about an insurgency against the computers that rule the world in the 22nd century. (Warner Bros.)

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.

Meet Joe Black. If an otherworldly creature is going to take human form, he might as well pick Brad Pitt's. While on Earth, he falls in love with Anthony Hopkins' daughter Claire Forlani. (Universal)

Message in a Bottle. It was written by widowed shipbuilder Kevin Costner, and it's discovered by a lonely woman. (Warner Bros.)

Molly. An autistic woman (Elisabeth Shue) is transformed into a genius by a medical treatment. John Duigan directs. (MGM)

The Mummy. In this reinvention of the classic horror genre, Alison Elliot connects with her Irish roots, which lead to an evil family secret. (Trimark)

My Favorite Martian. Jeff Daniels and Christopher Lloyd are earthling and alien, respectively, in this adaptation of the '60s TV series. Donald Petrie directs. (Walt Disney)

The Naked Man. Director J. Todd Anderson teamed with Ethan Coen on the script, about a wrestling chiropractor who faces off against an evil pharmaceutical kingpin. (October Films)

The Negotiator. F. Gary Gray directs Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey as Chicago police hostage negotiators enmeshed in a frame-up. (Warner Bros.)

One Man's Hero. Tom Berenger, Joaquim de Almeida, Daniela Romo and Patrick Bergen in an adventure about the St. Patrick Battalion, which fought alongside Pancho Villa. (MGM)

One True Thing. Anna Quindlen's novel is the basis for this story about a woman (Renee Zellweger) helping her parents (Meryl Streep and John Hurt) through a crisis. Carl Franklin directs. (Universal)

The Other Sister. Mentally challenged daughter Juliette Lewis returns home and disrupts the tranquil life of parents Diane Keaton and Tom Skerritt in a Garry Marshall-directed romantic comedy. (Touchstone)

The Parent Trap. Dennis Quaid, Natasha Richardson and Lindsay Lohan star in this remake of the Disney comedy about reunited twins trying to get their folks back together. (Walt Disney)

Patch Adams. Robin Williams teams with the "Nutty Professor" writing-directing team of Steve Oederkerk and Tom Shadyac in the true story of an unconventional but inspirational medical student. (Universal)

A Perfect Murder. Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow and Viggo Mortensen play cat-and-mouse when a man hires a killer to dispatch his unfaithful wife--and he happens to be her lover. Andrew Davis directs. (Warner Bros.)

Pleasantville. Two teens take '90s 'tude back to the '50s when they're mysteriously trapped in a black-and-white world. Director Gary Ross' comedy stars Joan Allen, William H. Macy and Jeff Daniels. (New Line)

Practical Magic. Executive producer Sandra Bullock stars and Griffin Dunne directs this version of Alice Hoffman's novel about two New England sisters with a gift for guiding fate. (Warner Bros.)

The Prince of Egypt. Stephen Schwartz's songs and the voices of Sandra Bullock, Steve Martin, Michelle Pfeiffer and Jeff Goldblum are some of the attractions in this animated telling of the story of Moses. (DreamWorks)

Plunkett and Macleane. Robert Carlyle ("The Full Monty") and Jonny Lee Miller portray the notorious and charismatic 18th century English highwaymen. (Gramercy)

Ronin. John Frankenheimer directs Robert De Niro and Stellan Skarsgard in an action story about an intelligence team and a dangerous mission. (United Artists)

The Rugrats Movie. The Nickelodeon animated series jumps to the big screen with a story centered on the birth of Tommy Pickles' brother, Dil. (Paramount)

Rush Hour. Havoc ensues when rogue LAPD detective Chris Tucker is assigned to keep Hong Kong cop Jackie Chan away from the FBI investigation of the kidnapping of the Chinese consul's daughter. (New Line)

Rushmore. A 15-year-old student at elite Rushmore Academy falls for a teacher in this Bill Murray comedy-drama. (Touchstone)

A Simple Plan. Bill Paxton and Billy Bob Thornton star in screenwriter Scott Smith's adaptation of his own novel about two men who steal $4.4 million from a downed airplane. (Paramount)

A Small Miracle. Undersized Simon (Ian Smith) has defied doctors' predictions of his demise, but now a crisis challenges his child's faith that he has a purpose. (Hollywood)

Snow Falling on Cedars. Director Scott Hicks follows "Shine" with an adaptation of David Guterson's acclaimed novel set in a Northwest island community in the 1950s, with telling flashbacks to World War II. (Universal)

Soldier. Obsolete galactic warrior Kurt Russell defends a group of colonists on a remote planet. (Warner Bros.)

A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries. The Merchant Ivory team adapted the memoirs of Kaylie Jones about life in Paris with her expatriate novelist father James Jones. Kris Kristofferson and Barbara Hershey star. (October Films)

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