RAT RACE Comedy Paramount With: Rowan Atkinson, Jon Lovitz, John Cleese, Whoopi Goldberg, Cuba Gooding Jr. The idea: Vegas high-rollers bet on folks racing for cache of cash. Writer: Andrew Breckman. Director: Jerry Zucker. So? Non-stop funny.
RUSH HOUR 2 Comedy New Line With: Chris Tucker, Jackie Chan. The idea: Mismatched detectives tangle with a major gangster. Writers: Jim Kouf, Jeff Nathanson. Director: Brett Ratner. So? Sequel adds globe-spanning locations to hit formula.
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Writing credit--Two writers were omitted from credits for the film "Tortilla Soup" in the Sunday Calendar Summer Sneaks. Ramon Menendez & Tom Musca and Vera Blasi received final credit.
SPEEDWAY JUNKY Drama Regent Entertainment With: Jesse Bradford, Jordan Brower, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Daryl Hannah. The idea: Teen runaway and aspiring race driver tries to survive among hustlers in Las Vegas. Writer-director: Nickolas Perry. So? Not fast enough.
THOMAS IN LOVE Drama IFC Films With: Benout Verhaert, Aylin Yay, Magali Pinglault. The idea: A serious agoraphobic finds his home invaded (virtually speaking) when he joins a computer dating club. Writer: Philippe Blaasband. Director: Pierre-Paul Renders. So? Sharp social commentary.
TORTILLA SOUP Comedy Samuel Goldwyn Films With: Hector Elizondo, Raquel Welch, Elizabeth Pena. The idea: Retired chef with three unmarried daughters senses sparks when he meets attractive woman. Writer: Vera Blasi. Director: Maria Ripoll. So? Recipe for romance.
AMERICAN PIE 2 Comedy Universal With: Jason Biggs, Shannon Elizabeth, Alyson Hannigan and Chris Klein. The idea: Second helping. Writer: Adam Herz. Director: J.B. Rogers. So? Creators hope lightning strikes twice.
THE CURSE OF THE JADE SCORPION Comedy DreamWorks With: Woody Allen, Helen Hunt, Charlize Theron, Dan Aykroyd, Wallace Shawn, David Ogden Stiers, Brian Markinson. The idea: Insurance investigator's mind is invaded by a thief's. Writer-director: Woody Allen. So? Whimsical Woody.
JAY AND SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK Comedy Dimension With: Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, Jason Lee, Judd Nelson, George Carlin. The idea: Two stoners set out to sabotage a movie adaptation of a comic book based on their lives. Writer-director: Kevin Smith. So? Smith New Jersey finale.
INNOCENCE Drama Fireworks Pictures With: Charles Tingwell, Julia Blake. The idea: Man and woman test the waters 50 years after their fling. Writer-director: Paul Cox. So? Individualistic, independent.
HAPPY ACCIDENTS Comedy/science-fiction IFC Films With: Marisa Tomei, Vincent D'Onofrio. The idea: Woman's lover reveals he's a time traveler. Writer-director: Brad Anderson. So? Low-key romantic charm.
RAW DEAL: A QUESTION OF CONSENT Documentary Artisan The idea: Examination of a highly publicized Florida rape accusation. Directors: Alfred Spellman, Billy Corben. So? A polarizing cause celebre.
OSMOSIS JONES Comedy Warner Bros. With: Bill Murray, Molly Shannon, Chris Elliott, and the voices of Chris Rock, Laurence Fishburne and William Shatner. The idea: White blood cell versus a new virus, inside Bill Murray. Writer: Marc Hyman. Directors: Peter and Bobby Farrelly (live action), Piet Kroon and Tom Sito (animation). So? File with "Fantastic Voyage," 'Innerspace."
APOCALYPSE NOW REDUX Drama Miramax With: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall. The idea: Re-edited version adds 53 minutes to the epic. Writers: Francis Ford Coppola, John Milius. Director: Francis Ford Coppola. So? In this case, more is more.
AMERICAN OUTLAWS Western-comedy Warner Bros. With: Colin Farrell, Scott Caan, Timothy Dalton, Kathy Bates . The idea: Jesse James and his gang tangle with the law. Writer: John Rogers. Director: Les Mayfield. So? In search of Butch Cassidy magic.
ROLLERBALL Action MGM With: Chris Klein, Jean Reno, LL Cool J, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos. The idea: Stars of the treacherous sport team to expose corruption. Writers: Larry Ferguson, John Pogue. Director: John McTiernan. So? Action pedigree.
SERENDIPITY Romantic comedy Miramax With: John Cusack, Kate Beckinsale. The idea: Couple reunites 10 years after falling in love. Writer: Marc Klein. Director: Peter Chelsom. So? Worthwhile eccentricity.
JOHN CARPENTER'S GHOSTS OF MARS Science-fiction Screen Gems With: Ice Cube, Natasha Henstridge, Jason Statham, Pam Grier. The idea: Earthling colonists encounter warriors of ancient Martian civilization. Writers: Larry Sulkis, John Carpenter. Director: John Carpenter. So? Carpenter knows scary movies. Will this be one?
O Drama Lions Gate With: Josh Hartnett, Mekhi Phifer, Julia Stiles, Martin Sheen. The idea: Basketball star becomes trapped in deceit, loses his game. Writer: Brad Kaaya. Director: Tim Blake Nelson. So? "Othello" on hardwood.
PUNKS Comedy-drama Urbanworld Films With: Rockmond Dunbar, Seth Gilliam, Vanessa Williams, Renoly Santiago. The idea: Follows a close-knit group of gay black men. Writer-director: Patrik-Ian Polk. So? "Soul Food" flambe."