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FALL SNEAKS

Set Your Sights on the List

September 13, 1998

OPENING FRIDAY

The Eel. A paroled killer and a suicidal woman establish a poignant relationship in a small village. Directed by Shohei Imamura ("Black Rain"). (New Yorker Films)

Esmeralda Comes by Night. Jaime Humberto Hermosillo's satire centers on a brazen bigamist (Maria Rojo) so charming that her current and future husbands rally to free her from jail. (Fine Line)

Lilian's Story. Ruth Cracknell plays a woman who emerges from 40 years in an institution to reclaim her life and cleanse her memories. (Phaedra Cinema)

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

Permanent Midnight. Ben Stiller stars in this adaptation of Jerry Stahl's autobiography about the rise and fall of a television writer. With Elizabeth Hurley, Janeane Garofalo and Maria Bello. (Artisan Entertainment)

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 a kidnapping. (New Line)

Six-String Samurai. Guitar-slinger and sword fighter Jeffrey Falcon seeks to succeed Elvis as the King of Vegas in this post-apocalyptic adventure. (Palm Pictures/Manga Entertainment).

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)

SEPT. 25

Chicago Cab. Will Kern adapted his play "Hellcab" for this look at a taxi driver (Paul Dillon) and his fares over a long Christmas holiday. (Castle Hill)

Clay Pigeons. Montana gas jockey Joaquin Phoenix's affair with his best friend's wife triggers a murder frame-up. (Gramercy)

Just Write. Tour bus driver Jeremy Piven poses as a screenwriter to impress actress Sherilyn Fenn. (Heartland Films Releasing)

Lolita. Adrian Lyne's version of the Nabokov classic moves from cable to theaters. (Samuel Goldwyn Co.)

Monument Ave. Denis Leary and his longtime collaborator, director Ted Demme, team with writer Mike Armstrong to tell a story of intrigue, loyalty and betrayal among the working-class Irish of Charlestown, Mass. (Lions Gate)

Pecker. John Waters, the taste-maker of tastelessness, writes and directs the saga of a sandwich shop worker who suddenly becomes an art-world star. (Fine Line)

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

Shadrach. Susanna Styron co-wrote and directed this adaptation of her father William Styron's short story about a boy and an elderly former slave in Depression-era Virginia. (Columbia)

Skin and Bone. A look at the occupational hazards faced by three young men who enact sexual fantasies for a wealthy clientele. (Your de Fete Films)

Urban Legend. Campus killings may or may not be linked to a fabled multiple murder of 30 years ago. Student Alicia Witt and her friends close in on the dangerous truth. (TriStar)

SEPTEMBER TBA

La Sentinelle. A mysterious shrunken head is at the center of the intrigue in French director Arnold Desplechin's Cold War allegory. (Strand)

Welcome to Woop Woop. "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" director Stephan Elliott returns to the outback, where an isolated town is ruled by Rodgers & Hammerstein aficionado Daddy-O (Rod Taylor). One of his rules: No one leaves. (Goldwyn Films)

OCT. 2

The Alarmist. David Arquette exploits suburban paranoia as a door-to-door alarm salesman employed by scheming Stanley Tucci and smitten with single mom Kate Capshaw. (Avalanche Releasing)

Antz. Drone Woody Allen desires princess Sharon Stone in a story of individuality and conformity in a Central Park ant colony. Sylvester Stallone, Gene Hackman and Jennifer Lopez are among the other actors providing voices for the computer-generated insects. (DreamWorks)

Biker Dreams. Metallica provides the musical roar in director Adam Berman's documentary of the Harley-Davidson subculture. (Castle Hill)

Dee Snider's StrangeLand. Mr. Twisted Sister wrote the script and stars as a madman who lures teens to cyberspace and a sorry fate. (Raucous Releasing)

The Impostors. Stanley Tucci follows his "Big Night" with the adventures of two actors who inadvertently stow away on a ship rife with intrigue. Tucci also stars, along with several other "Big Night" alumni. (Fox Searchlight)

Life of Jesus. Unemployed and aimless rural French youths and an Arab immigrant form the ingredients for tragedy in Bruno Dumont's drama. (Fox Lorber)

A Night at the Roxbury. That's the goal of the Butabi brothers (Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan), but the doormen at the trendy Hollywood club stand in their way in this adaptation of the "Saturday Night Live" sketch. (Paramount)

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