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SUMMER SNEAKS

Sun, Sand and Screen

May 02, 1999

Opening Friday

The Castle. The Australian comedy tells the story of a tow-truck driver's battle to save his home from an expanding airport. (Miramax)

The Empty Mirror. A speculation on what would transpire in Hitler's mind had the dictator survived and gone into hiding. Norman Rodway and Joel Grey star. (Lions Gate Films)

I Stand Alone. Gaspar Noe's study of a butcher whose life gradually narrows to a desperate and potentially violent point. (Strand)

The Mummy. Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz and John Hannah in a remake of Universal's 1932 horror classic, with visual effects from Industrial Light & Magic. (Universal)

A Stranger In The Kingdom. A black minister is accused of murder in a small Vermont town. Directed by Jay Craven ("Where the Rivers Flow North") and featuring David Lansbury and Martin Sheen. (Kingdom County Productions)

Tequila Body Shots. Onetime TV teen heartthrob Joey Lawrence plays the lead in a wild adventure about three buddies' trip to Mexico -- and into realms unknown. (Legacy Releasing)

This Is My Father. The discovery of a faded photograph in the attic sends a Chicago schoolteacher (James Caan) to Ireland, where he pursues the truth about his heritage. (Sony Pictures Classics)

May 12

Trippin'. Some hard lessons and the arrival of true love are part of a young man's final months of high school. (Rogue Pictures)

May 14

American Job. Chris Smith's semi-documentary look at one young man and his string of minimum-wage jobs. (Bluemark Productions)

Black Mask. Martial arts comer Jet Li fights it out with an evil force. (Artisan Entertainment)

Endurance. The story of Olympic-runner Haile Gebrselassie and his harsh childhood in Ethiopia. (Hollywood)

Mascara. Three old friends (Ione Skye, Lumi Cavazos and Amanda DeCadenet) bond amid turmoil as they approach their 30th birthdays. (Phaedra Cinema)

The Photographer. A Nazi general's photographs of life in the Lodz Ghetto form the basis of this documentary. (Seventh Art Releasing)

The Underground Comedy Movie. The unlikely cast of this off-the-cuff comedy includes "Baywatch's" Gena Lee Nolin, former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash and Joey Buttafuoco. (Phaedra Cinema)

May 19

Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace. Darth Vader is a 9-year-old boy and Obi-Wan Kenobi a young Jedi knight in George Lucas' prequel to the "Star Wars" saga. (Fox)

May 21

Besieged. Bernardo Bertolucci traces the unusual relationship of an African expatriate in Rome and the eccentric Englishman who employs her. (Fine Line)

Frogs For Snakes. Barbara Hershey, Robbie Coltrane and John Leguizamo head the cast in Amos Poe's neo-noir comedy about actors who will literally kill for a role. (The Shooting Gallery)

The King Of Masks. In rural China, an elderly street musician takes in an abandoned girl, setting into motion a story of bonding and conflict. Directed by Wu Tianming. (Samuel Goldwyn Films)

Midaq Alley. Salma Hayek stars in this 1995 Mexican film based on the novel by Egyptian Nobel Prize winner Naguib Mahfuz. (Northern Arts)

Olympia. An Olympic javelin thrower from Mexico awakens a man to the impact of his will. Directed by Robert Byington. (King Pictures)

Trekkies. Documentary on the legion of fans, known as Trekkies or Trekkers, spawned by the "Star Trek" television series. (Paramount)

May 28

The Delicate Art of the Rifle. Charles Whitman's 1966 "Texas Tower" murder spree is given a hallucinatory treatment. (CLC Films)

Eternity and A Day. The final days of a terminally ill Greek writer at his seaside home. Directed by Theo Angelopoulos. (Artistic License)

The Loss of Sexual Innocence. Mike Figgis is the writer-director of this nonlinear look at key episodes in the life of a man (Julian Sands), played against the story of Adam and Eve. (Sony Pictures Classics)

Love Etc. Charlotte Gainsbourg, Yvan Attal and Charles Berling as the three sides of the triangle in this update of the classic "Jules and Jim." (Phaedra Cinema)

Notting Hill. Movie star (Julia Roberts) enters a small travel bookstore, setting off an unusual courtship with its proprietor (Hugh Grant). Screenwriter Richard Curtis and producer Duncan Kenworthy previously teamed on "Four Weddings and a Funeral." (Universal)

Port Djema. A haunting journey into the stark terrain of East Africa -- and the human heart. (Shadow Releasing)

Spike and Mike's Classic Festival Of Animation. A compilation of animated shorts including the Academy Award-winning "Bunny." (Mellow Manor)

May, to Be Announced

A Little Bit Of Soul. Peter Duncan ("Children of the Revolution") directs Geoffrey Rush and Frances O'Connor. (Phaedra Cinema)

Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl. Actress Joan Chen debuts as a director with the story of a woman exiled during the Cultural Revolution, and the Tibetan horse herder who aids her. (Stratosphere Entertainment)

June 4

The Buena Vista Social Club. Wim Wenders documents the celebrated collaboration between some Cuban musical elders and guitarist Ry Cooder (who has scored several Wenders films). (Artisan Entertainment)

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