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Fall Movie Round-Up

Sneaking Into Autumn

By Marjorie Baumgarten, September 6, 1996, Screens

BOGUS An orphaned boy who lives with a busy foster mom played by Whoopi Goldberg has an imaginary friend named Bogus, played by Gerard Depardieu, in this Norman Jewison film. (Sept. 6)...

MAXIMUM RISK Jean-Claude Van Damme plays twins, again (remember Double Impact?) in this action-adventure directed by Hong Kong legend Ringo Lam (City on Fire). (Sept. 13)...

SOMEBODY TO LOVE Rosie Perez plays a taxi dancer in a dead-end relationship with a has-been actor played by Harvey Keitel until she falls for an illegal alien...

2 DAYS IN THE VALLEY A group of strangers, played by an all-star cast that includes Jeff Daniels, James Spader, Danny Aiello, Eric Stoltz, Teri Hatcher, and others, find their lives connected by murder and romance in the San Fernando Valley...

BROTHER OF SLEEP From the German director of Stalingrad, Joseph Vilsmaier, comes this story set in the remote Bavarian Alps that examines the life of a tormented musical genius and the love he cannot posssess; it's based on a best-selling European novel by Richard Schneider.


October
THAT THING YOU DO!
D: Tom Hanks; with Tom Everett Scott, Liv Tyler, Steve Zahn, Tom Hanks.

Two-time Oscar-winner Tom Hanks debuts as a writer and director with this romantic comedy set in the summer of 1964 when rock & roll was young; it follows the career an unknown Erie, Pennsylvania band who score a hit record and journey from obscurity to the big-time. (Oct. 4)


THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT
D: Renny Harlin; with Geena Davis, Samuel L. Jackson.

Husband-and-wife team Renny Harlin and Geena Davis are back from the commercially disastrous Cutthroat Island with this new action-adventure story in which she plays an amnesiac who, with the help of a private investigator played by Samuel L. Jackson, discovers she is really a secret agent immersed in a deadly plot. (Oct. 11)


THE CHAMBER
D: James Foley; with Chris O'Donnell, Gene Hackman, Lela Rochon, Faye Dunaway.

A young lawyer takes on the case of a Death Row inmate who is also his grandfather and soon to be executed for a Klan-related murder; original author John Grisham has disassociated himself from this screen adaptation. (Oct. 11)



Spike Lee chronicles the Million Man March in Get On The Bus
GET ON THE BUS
D: Spike Lee; with Richard Belzer, Andre Braugher, DeAundre Bonds, Ossie Davis, Charles Dutton.

Spike Lee's newest film tells the story of 18 men who board a bus and travel together cross-country to attend the Million Man March in Washington, DC. (Oct. 16)


ROMEO AND JULIET
D: Baz Luhrmann; with Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, Brian Dennehy, John Leguizamo, Pete Postlethwaite, Paul Sorvino, Diane Venora.

Strictly Ballroom's Australian director Baz Luhrmann transplants William Shakespeare's classic Romeo and Juliet to contemporary Florida and asks the eternal question: Why must I be a teenager in love? (Oct. 18)


SLEEPERS
D: Barry Levinson; with Kevin Bacon, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Jason Patric, Brad Pitt.

Based on Lorenzo Carcaterra's contentious autobiographical novel, Sleepers follows the linked destinies of four boys from Hell's Kitchen; the ensemble cast of male heavy-hitters is the handiwork of writer-director Barry Levinson. (Oct. 18)


TO GILLIAN ON HER 37TH BIRTHDAY
D: Michael Pressman; with Peter Gallagher, Claire Danes, Kathy Baker, Bruce Altman, Wendy Crewson, Michelle Pfeiffer.

Two years after his wife's accidental death, a man discovers that his continued grief has damaged his relationship with his teenage daughter and others; it's scripted and co-produced by TV's David O. Kelley (Picket Fences, Chicago Hope) and co-stars Fence's Kathy Baker and Kelley's real-life wife Michelle Pfeiffer. (Oct. 18)


MICHAEL COLLINS
D: Neil Jordan; with Liam Neeson, Julia Roberts, Aidan Quinn, Stephen Rea, Alan Rickman.

Liam Neeson portrays the charismatic Irish revolutionary, Michael Collins, a leader of Ireland's struggle in the 1920s to free itself from British control; writer-director Neil Jordan's success with The Crying Game and Interview With the Vampire has allowed him the freedom to make this historical saga. (Oct. 25)


THE ASSOCIATE
D: Daniel Petrie; with Whoopi Goldberg, Dianne Wiest, Tim Daly, Bebe Neuwirth, Lainie Kazan, Austin Pendleton, Eli Wallach.

In this comedy, a bright financial analyst played by Whoopi Goldberg is convinced that her lack of advancement is due to sex discrimination, so she invents an enigmatic business partner who helps her to get ahead in business. (Oct. 25)



Anthony Hopkins and Natascha McElhone in Surviving Picasso
SURVIVING PICASSO
D: James Ivory; with Anthony Hopkins, Natascha McElhone, Julianne Moore, Joan Plowright.

The distinguished filmmaking team of producer Ismael Merchant, director James Ivory, and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala come together once again for this portrait of the tumultuous private life of art titan Pablo Picasso, who is played by acting titan Anthony Hopkins; the film focuses on the mercurial, 10-year-long affair between Picasso and model Francoise Gilot and is told through Gilot's eyes. (Oct. 25)


MOTHER
D: Albert Brooks; with Brooks, Debbie Reynolds, Rob Morrow, Lisa Kudrow.

In his first film project since Defending Your Life, Albert Brooks casts himself as a twice-divorced, science-fiction writer who decides that his problems with women stem from his relationship with his mother and, so, moves back in with mom (played by Debbie Reynolds) in order to straighten out his life; sounds like another fine neurotic mess. (Oct.)


THE WAR AT HOME
D: Emilio Estevez; with Estevez, Kathy Bates, Martin Sheen, Kimberly Williams.

Emilio Estevez wrote, directed, and produced this filmed-in-Austin drama about a Vietnam vet whose traumatic return to his Texas family poses difficulties for all concerned. (Oct.)


Other October Releases:

D3: THE MIGHTY DUCKS These Disney kids' hockey pictures are starting to line up like ducks in a row; Ducks standard-bearer Emilio Estevez once more pays his dues to the company that, in turn, financed Estevez's production of The War at Home. (Oct. 4)...

THE GLIMMER MAN Steven Seagal and Keenan Ivory Wayans join forces to catch a serial killer. (Oct. 4)...

THE GHOST AND THE DARKNESS Val Kilmer and Michael Douglas star in a big-game adventure set in 1896 Africa; the story is derived from a true incident in which a mass hunt was undertaken for two voracious lions that killed scores of people. (Oct. 11)...

SHADOW CONSPIRACY A trusted adviser to the president and his former girlfriend, a journalist, are hunted by a hitman on a covert political mission; Charlie Sheen and Linda Hamilton star as the hunted pair, the supporting cast includes Donald Sutherland, Ben Gazzara, and Sam Waterston. (Oct. 18)...

JUDE Thomas Hardy's classic tale of doomed love, Jude the Obscure, is brought to the screen by director Michael Winterbottom (Butterfly Kiss) and stars Christopher Eccleston (Shallow Grave) and Kate Winslet (Sense and Sensibility) in a sensuous re-telling. (Oct.18)...

HIGH SCHOOL HIGH Jon Lovitz plays a teacher who leaves a private academy to teach at Marion Barry High, where he inspires students and woos Tia Carrere. (Oct. 25)...

STEPHEN KING'S THINNER * No seasonal film round-up would be complete without a Stephen King entry...

thus Thinner, starring John Burke and Joe Mantegna; with The Nutty Professor, this marks the second weight-watching movie of the year. (Oct. 25)...

BAD MOON A photojournalist, played by Michael Pare, returns from Nepal a werewolf; needless to say, his sister (Mariel Hemingway) and her family must take measures to protect themselves in this new thriller from Eric Red (The Hitcher, Body Parts). (Oct. 25)...

LOOKING FOR RICHARD Al Pacino, for the first time in his career, directs and creates as well as stars in this study of Shakespeare's Richard III in which the actual performance sequences are interspersed with intimate looks at the actors and filmmakers preparing their work; co-starring in the play are Winona Ryder, Alec Baldwin, Aidan Quinn, Kevin Spacey, and Estelle Parsons. (Oct.)...


November
MOTHER NIGHT
D: Keith Gordon; with Nick Nolte, Sheryl Lee, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Kirsten Dunst, David Straithairn.

Nick Nolte stars in this screen adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's 1962 novel about an American spy posing as a Nazi sympathizer in World War II Germany, who, in typically absurdist Vonnegut fashion, eventually loses track of his real identity. (Nov. 1)


SET IT OFF
D: F. Gary Gray; with Queen Latifah, Vivica Fox, Jada Pinkett, Kimberly Elise, Blair Underwood.

Four longtime girlfriends try to free themselves from the mean streets by robbing banks in what sounds like Waiting to Exhale amped up to a larcenous Waiting to Escape; Friday's F. Gary Gray directs. (Nov. 6)


RANSOM
D: Ron Howard; with Mel Gibson, Rene Russo, Gary Sinise, Delroy Lindo, Lili Taylor.

Mel Gibson plays a New York City tycoon whose implacable cool is wrenched asunder when his son is kidnapped and the FBI botches the rescue thereby forcing him to resort to his own negotiating skills; Ron Howard follows up Apollo 13 with a more "down-to-earth" thriller. (Nov. 8)


THE ENGLISH PATIENT
D: Anthony Minghella; with Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Kristen Scott Thomas, Willem Dafoe.

Told largely through the eyes of an unknown English patient in an Italian hospital, the story links four strangers in a tale of intrigue and adventure and is based on the acclaimed novel by Michael Ondaatje; director Anthony Minghella (Truly, Madly, Deeply) adapted the novel for the screen. (Nov. 15)


DEAR GOD
D: Garry Marshall; with Greg Kinnear, Laurie Metcalf, Maria Patillo, Tim Conway, Roscoe Lee Browne, Hector Elizondo.

Comedy meister Garry Marshall's newest film tells the story of a cynical con artist who devises a divine new scam while working in the Dead Letter office; it should, at least, give a new spin to the image of postal workers. (Nov. 8)


THE MIRROR HAS TWO FACES
D: Barbra Streisand; with Streisand, Jeff Bridges, Pierce Brosnan, George Segal, Mimi Rogers, Brenda Vaccaro, Lauren Bacall.

Streisand directs herself in this romantic comedy about relationships, sex, and beauty which was scripted by Richard LaGravenese (The Bridges of Madison County, The Fisher King); the firings and departures of many crew and cast members throughout the shoot have provided much grist for gossip over the past year. (Nov. 15)


JINGLE ALL THE WAY
D: Brian Levant; with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sinbad, Phil Hartman, Rita Wilson, Robert Conrad, Jim Belushi, Jake Lloyd.

Schwarzenegger teams with Flintstones director Brian Levant for this family picture about a suburban dad trying unsuccessfully to locate the season's hot action figure that's coveted by his son. (Nov. 22)


Ewan McGregor in Ole Bornedal's Nightwatch

NIGHTWATCH
D: Ole Bornedal; with Nick Nolte, Patricia Arquette, Ewan McGregor, Josh Brolin.

A law student, played by Trainspotting's Ewan McGregor, takes a part-time job as a night watchman in a morgue just as a serial killer begins terrorizing the city; for director Ole Bornedal, Nightwatch is his American re-make of a movie he made two years ago in Denmark, although this stateside version has a script by Steven Soderbergh. (Nov. 22)


101 DALMATIANS
D: Stephen Herek; with Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels, Joely Richardson, Joan Plowright.

From the looks of things, it seems that Glenn Close is having a blast bitching it up as the evil Cruella De Vil in this live-action version of the Disney chestnut about puppy love and dog-napping; the film is scripted by the king of family film comedy, John Hughes, and is directed by Stephen Herek of Mr. Holland's Opus and Mighty Ducks fame. (Nov. 27)


THE CRUCIBLE
D: Nicholas Hytner; with Daniel Day-Lewis, Winona Ryder, Paul Scofield, Joan Allen, Bruce Davison.

Arthur Miller scripted this screen adaptation of his famous stage play about the Salem witchcraft trials which reteams those Age of Innocence co-stars Daniel Day-Lewis and Winona Ryder, and is directed by The Madness of King George's Nicholas Hytner. (Nov. 27)


DAYLIGHT
D: Rob Cohen; Sylvester Stallone, Amy Brenneman, Stan Shaw, Viggo Mortensen, Claire Bloom.

When an explosion in a New York-New Jersey tunnel below the Hudson causes both ends to be sealed off, a disparate group of commuters must pull together for survival; it's a good thing the EMS rescue squad has Sylvester Stallone aboard. (Dec. 6)


Other November Releases

THE EIGHTH DAY The movie's co-stars, Daniel Auteuil and Pascal Duquenne, shared the Best Actor Award at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival for their depiction of an unlikely friendship between a stiff businessman and a man with Down Syndrome; it is directed by Toto le Hero's Jaco Van Dormael. (Nov. 1)...

MAD DOG TIME For this entry in the new gangster-cool genre, first-time director Larry Bishop, son of Joey, gathered an all-star cast that includes Richard Dreyfuss, Gabriel Byrne, Jeff Goldblum, Ellen Barkin, Diane Lane, Gregory Hines, Kyle MacLachlan, Paul Anka, Burt Reynolds, Billy Idol, Angie Everhart, and Joey Bishop (Nov. 1)...

THE PROPRIETOR Producer Ismael Merchant takes the director's reins for this Jeanne Moreau vehicle in which she plays a French expatriate novelist who returns from New York to the Paris she left during the Occupation 30 years ago; co-stars include Austin Pendleton, Nell Carter, and Sam Waterston. (Nov. 8)...

I'M NOT RAPPAPORT Walter Matthau and Ossie Davis play the bickering old buddies of Central Park in this adaptation of Herb Gardner's stage play; Amy Irving, Martha Plimpton, and Craig T. Nelson also appear. (Nov. 15)...

SPACE JAM * Michael Jordan makes his screen debut in a full-court press against the entire Looney Tunes gang in this combination live-action/animation feature; a host of NBA All-Stars make cameo appearances in this Ivan Reitman production. (Nov. 15)...

DANGEROUS GROUND From Darrell Roodt, the director of Sarafina!, comes this action-drama shot in South Africa in which a man searching for his brother becomes mixed up with a Johannesburg drug cartel; Ice Cube and Elizabeth Hurley star. (Nov. 20)...

STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT They're baa-aack! Let's see, this sequel makes number eight and features Captain Jean-Luc Picard and crew. (Nov. 22)


Undated Fall Releases NIGHT FALLS ON MANHATTAN Sidney Lumet's 40th film continues the director's fascination with the criminal justice system (Twelve Angry Men, Serpico, The Verdict) as he tells the story of an idealistic Manhattan cop-turned-DA, played by Andy Garcia, and his moral confusion over the compromises his new job entails; Richard Dreyfuss plays a liberal defense adversary and Lena Olin also stars...

PALOOKAVILLE The winner of the 1995 Kodak Prize for Best First Feature at the Venice Film Festival, the movie shows what happens when three guys plot the perfect crime in order to escape their dead-end lives...

LARGER THAN LIFE When the character played by Bill Murray in this cross-country adventure receives a "large inheritance," he doesn't quite expect it to be an elephant; Janeane Garofalo and Matthew McConaughey co-star...

SWEET NOTHING A Wall Street executive played by Michael Imperioli (I Shot Andy Warhol, Household Saints) gets hooked on crack, while Ocsar-winner Mira Sorvino plays his wife in this film directed by UT grad Gary Winick...

LOVE IS ALL THERE IS Two teens from rival Italian restaurants meet during a production of Romeo and Juliet; it's directed by Joseph Bologna and Renee Taylor and features Paul Sorvino...

THE FUNERAL Bad Lieutenant's Abel Ferrara directs this Depression-era crime drama starring Christopher Walken and Chris Penn...

TREES LOUNGE Another actor, Steve Buscemi, makes his directing debut with this story about an out-of-work mechanic and his favorite bar...

TWELFTH NIGHT Veteran British theatre director Trevor Nunn films this rendition of Shakespeare's comedy starring Helena Bonham Carter, Richard E. Grant, Nigel Hawthorne, Ben Kingsley, and Imogene Stubbs...

WHEN WE WERE KINGS A chronicle of the 1974 Muhammad Ali-George Foreman heavyweight boxing match in Zaire with never-before-seen images and much reflective insight about what it meant to be a black American at that particular juncture in history...

JOHNS Lukas Haas and David Arquette portray young L.A. hustlers stuck in the life...

NORMAL LIFE When debts become too much for "normal" couple Ashley Judd and Luke Perry, they begin to rob banks; directed by John McNaughton, the man behind Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer...

UNHOOK THE STARS Gena Rowlands stars as a widow who reinvents herself in this movie directed by her son Nick Cassavetes; Gerard Depardieu and Marisa Tomei co-star...

SLINGBLADE One False Move's Billy Bob Thornton also tries his hand at directing with this story about a man released from an asylum after committing a gruesome crime 25 years earlier; the cast also features Dwight Yoakam, John Ritter, and J.T. Walsh...

SANTA WITH MUSCLES Hulk Hogan plays a billionaire who wants to be Santa...

THE PEST John Leguizamo co-wrote and stars in this Latino take on The Most Dangerous Game...

LEOPARD SON The Discovery Channel produced this feature documentary that follows the growth of a baby leopard, with narration by Sir John Gielgud and music by Stewart Copeland...

SMALL WONDERS Previously titled Fiddlefest, this Oscar-nominated documentary tells the story of Roberta Guaspari-Tzavaras and her passion for teaching music in East Harlem...

SHINE This Australian drama is a tribute to the transcendence of artistic genius and its crushing consequences; inspired by the life of pianist David Helfgott, the movie tracks his triumphant concert career and his devastating mental breakdown that kept him from partaking freely in life...

Two re-releases of restored American classics are also on the horizon: George Stevens' 1956 Texas epic GIANT, which stars Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor, and James Dean in his final role; and a 70mm version of Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 VERTIGO, one of the master's very best thrillers about obsession and mistaken identity that stars James Stewart and Kim Novak.


Dobie SUITE 16 This dark, sexually-charged thriller in which a violent hustler and a wealthy, paraplegic, former playboy engage in some perverse ego swapping is directed by Belgian Dominique Deruddere, who is best known for Love Is a Dog from Hell, his film adaptation of some Charles Bukowski stories. (Sept 6)...

GIRLS TOWN Three high school friends become feminist guerrillas after the rape and subsequent suicide of another girl; Lili Taylor stars as a Hispanic high school student and unwed mother in this collaborative and largely improvisational work directed by Jim McKay. (Sept. 13)...

STONEWALL A semi-fictional account based on Martin Duberman's book of the weeks leading up to the 1969 Stonewall riots that ushered in the modern gay rights movement; director Nigel Finch died of AIDS shortly before completing the project, which was finished by producer Christine Vachon and others. (Sept. 20)...

SYNTHETIC PLEASURES Cyberspace and new technologies are the domain of this documentary in which director Iara Lee portrays the future through imagery, special effects, and interviews with pioneers such as John Perry Barlow, Timothy Leary, and R.U. Serious. (Sept. 27)...

ED'S NEXT MOVE A romantic comedy directed by first-timer John Walsh which follows the experiences of a rice geneticist from Wisconsin, who moves to Manhattan after getting dumped by his girlfriend. (Sept. 27)...

SMALL FACES This winner of the best picture award at the 1995 Edinburgh Film Festival, tells the story of three brothers coming of age in 1968 Glasgow. (Oct. 4)...

EVERYTHING RELATIVE Described as the "lesbian Big Chill," Sharon Pollack's feature depicts the weekend reunion of old friends from the Seventies. (Oct. 11)...

PARADISE LOST From the team of Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, who created the acclaimed Brother's Keeper, this new documentary examines the shocking child murders that occurred in Memphis in 1993. (Oct. 18)...

PERFECT CANDIDATE * Oliver North's failed Virginia Senate campaign is the subject of this documentary. (Oct. 18)...

BEAUTIFUL THING Hettie Macdonald's touching and funny movie tells the story of two London teenage boys who fall in love. (Nov. 1)


Other movies on Dobie's fall calendar:

CYCLO The second film by Tran Anh Hung, the director of The Scent of Green Papaya, was shot in Ho Chi Minh City and tells the story of a young, orphaned rickshaw driver who is drawn into the world of gangs after his vehicle is stolen...

THE BIG SQUEEZE Lara Flynn Boyle plays a wife who schemes to get her hand on her husband's money...

HUSTLER WHITE Bruce La Bruce's film follows an accident-prone hustler (played by model Tony Ward, known for his work in several Madonna videos) as he plays his wares on Santa Monica Boulevard...

CURDLED Quentin Tarantino executive-produced this movie about a cabbie (based on the little-seen cabbie in Pulp Fiction), who is so fascinated with death that she takes a job cleaning up after murders; Angela Jones and William Baldwin co-star...

HYPE! An exploration of the Seattle rock scene, from its roots in punk rock and heavy metal to the birth of grunge; with lots of music by the usual Seattle suspects and a never-seen performance of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit"...


Meet the Beetles: Microcosmos
MICROCOSMOS An up-close and personal look at insect eroticism, the movie is categorized more as a narrative than a documentary and was the buzz of the 1996 Cannes Film Festival where it won the Special Jury Prize; "Meet the Beetles!" is the advertising pitch...

ALBINO ALLIGATOR Kevin Spacey makes his directing debut with this story about a robbery gone awry that features Matt Dillon, Faye Dunaway, Gary Sinise, and Joe Mantegna.


Village CELESTIAL CLOCKWORK A Venezuelan movie in which a woman says adios in the middle of her wedding and heads off to Paris to become Maria Callas. (Sept. 6)...

MANNY & LO Two teenage runaway sisters, one of them pregnant, steal a station wagon, take a maternity-store clerk hostage, and sleep in model homes; first-time director Lisa Kreuger depicts the forging of the modern family. (Sept. 13)...

HEAVY There's unrequited love in a pizza joint when Pruitt Taylor Vince's overweight pizza chef falls hard for the pretty new waitress, played by Liv Tyler; Deborah Harry and Shelley Winters also co-star. (Sept. 20)...

AMERICAN BUFFALO A screen adaptation of the 1975 David Mamet play about small-time con men trying to pull a job on a friend; co-stars Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Franz, and Fresh's Sean Nelson. (Sept 27)...

INFINITY Matthew Broderick makes his directing debut and co-stars with Rosanna Arquette in a love story taken from the early years of Nobel prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman's life and autobiography (Oct. 4)...

BIG NIGHT Actors Campbell Scott and Stanley Tucci turn co-directors in this period piece set in a family-run Italian restaurant in the 1950s; the movie, which also features Ian Holm, Minnie Driver, and Isabella Rossellini, won the best screenplay award at Sundance 1996. (Oct. 4)...

SECRETS AND LIES Mike Leigh's latest was the toast of the 1996 Cannes Film Festival, where the film received the Palme d'Or top prize and co-star Brenda Blethyn won the best actress award as the mother in this story about a black woman who seeks out her biological mother and finds her to be a white factory worker. (Oct. 18)...

FLIRT Hal Hartley (Amateur, The Unbelievable Truth) continues his experiments with narrative structures in his new film that essentially repeats the same story in three different locations; Parker Posey and Hartley stalwart Martin Donovan are part of the cast. (Oct. 25)...

GLORY DAYS As graduation approaches, five friends must choose the direction their lives will take; Alyssa Milano, John Rhys-Davies, and Spalding Gray star. (Oct. 25)...

CAUGHT Director Robert M. Young and actor Edward James Olmos reunite (years ago they made The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez) for this low-budget thriller about a mysterious drifter who arrives at a middle-aged couple's Jersey City fish market; Maria Conchita Alonso also stars. (Nov. 8)


Other movies on the Village's fall calendar:


Gina Gershon and Jennifer Tilly in Bound
BOUND This fresh spin on the buddy movie teams Gina Gershon as a sexy lesbian ex-con and Jennifer Tilly as a gangster's girlfriend for a sting and some romance; it marks the directing debut of the Wachowski brothers, Andy and Larry...

RENDEZVOUS IN PARIS In the latest from French nouvelle vague master Eric Rohmer, the director uses the concept of the rendezvous as both a theme and an organizational structure as he continues to penetrate the streets and conversations of Paris...

SWINGERS This movie about five guys and their problems with women presents itself as an outgrowth of "cocktail nation," the growing twentysomething retro-Swing dance movement...

THE GRASS HARP Charles Matthau directs his father and a fine ensemble cast including Jack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, and Nell Carter, in this Truman Capote coming-of-age story adapted for the screen by Stirling Silliphant and Kirk Ellis...

RIDICULE Wit is the key to survival in this lavish period piece set in the court of Louis XVI; it stars the great French actors Fanny Ardant and Jean Rochefort and is directed by Patrice Leconte (Monsieur Hire, The Hair Dresser's Husband)...

EVERYONE SAYS I LOVE YOU Woody Allen's latest is a musical shot on location in New York, Venice, and Paris and features Allen along with Alan Alda, Drew Barrymore, Goldie Hawn, Julia Roberts, Lukas Haas, and Natalie Portman.


Texas Union THE SEARCH FOR ONE-EYE JIMMY Brooklyn layabouts are the subject of this humorous drama starring Nicholas Turturro, Steve Buscemi, Samuel L. Jackson, Anne Meara, and Jennifer Beals and is directed by Sam Henry Kass, Seinfeld's former head writer (Sept 6)...

301-302 An obsessive chef and an anorexic writer are next-door neighbors in this twisted, feminist horror comedy from South Korea (Oct. 11)...

WOODEN MAN'S BRIDE This 1993 film is an epic and tragic Chinese love story (Oct. 25)...

PARIS WAS A WOMAN Greta Schiller's documentary recreates the Paris that flourished as a cultural mecca in the early decades of this century; with newly discovered home movies, groundbreaking research, and intimate storytelling, new insights into the lives of Colette, Djuna Barnes, Gertrude Stein, Romaine Brooks, and Gisele Freund are shared. (Dec. 6)...

Hong Kong film premieres include FULL THROTTLE, Derek Yee's ode to urban drag racing (Oct. 18); TRIADS: THE UNTOLD STORY, a 1989 Chow Yun Fat crime melodrama directed by Taylor Wong (Nov. 1); and DRAGON FIGHT, another 1989 film that stars Jet Li as a member of a martial arts demonstration team who becomes stranded in San Francisco. (Dec. 6)


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Fall Movie Round-Up

Sneaking Into Autumn

By Marjorie Baumgarten, September 6, 1996, Screens

BOGUS An orphaned boy who lives with a busy foster mom played by Whoopi Goldberg has an imaginary friend named Bogus, played by Gerard Depardieu, in this Norman Jewison film. (Sept. 6)...

MAXIMUM RISK Jean-Claude Van Damme plays twins, again (remember Double Impact?) in this action-adventure directed by Hong Kong legend Ringo Lam (City on Fire). (Sept. 13)...

SOMEBODY TO LOVE Rosie Perez plays a taxi dancer in a dead-end relationship with a has-been actor played by Harvey Keitel until she falls for an illegal alien...

2 DAYS IN THE VALLEY A group of strangers, played by an all-star cast that includes Jeff Daniels, James Spader, Danny Aiello, Eric Stoltz, Teri Hatcher, and others, find their lives connected by murder and romance in the San Fernando Valley...

BROTHER OF SLEEP From the German director of Stalingrad, Joseph Vilsmaier, comes this story set in the remote Bavarian Alps that examines the life of a tormented musical genius and the love he cannot posssess; it's based on a best-selling European novel by Richard Schneider.


October
THAT THING YOU DO!
D: Tom Hanks; with Tom Everett Scott, Liv Tyler, Steve Zahn, Tom Hanks.

Two-time Oscar-winner Tom Hanks debuts as a writer and director with this romantic comedy set in the summer of 1964 when rock & roll was young; it follows the career an unknown Erie, Pennsylvania band who score a hit record and journey from obscurity to the big-time. (Oct. 4)


THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT
D: Renny Harlin; with Geena Davis, Samuel L. Jackson.

Husband-and-wife team Renny Harlin and Geena Davis are back from the commercially disastrous Cutthroat Island with this new action-adventure story in which she plays an amnesiac who, with the help of a private investigator played by Samuel L. Jackson, discovers she is really a secret agent immersed in a deadly plot. (Oct. 11)


THE CHAMBER
D: James Foley; with Chris O'Donnell, Gene Hackman, Lela Rochon, Faye Dunaway.

A young lawyer takes on the case of a Death Row inmate who is also his grandfather and soon to be executed for a Klan-related murder; original author John Grisham has disassociated himself from this screen adaptation. (Oct. 11)



Spike Lee chronicles the Million Man March in Get On The Bus
GET ON THE BUS
D: Spike Lee; with Richard Belzer, Andre Braugher, DeAundre Bonds, Ossie Davis, Charles Dutton.

Spike Lee's newest film tells the story of 18 men who board a bus and travel together cross-country to attend the Million Man March in Washington, DC. (Oct. 16)


ROMEO AND JULIET
D: Baz Luhrmann; with Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, Brian Dennehy, John Leguizamo, Pete Postlethwaite, Paul Sorvino, Diane Venora.

Strictly Ballroom's Australian director Baz Luhrmann transplants William Shakespeare's classic Romeo and Juliet to contemporary Florida and asks the eternal question: Why must I be a teenager in love? (Oct. 18)


SLEEPERS
D: Barry Levinson; with Kevin Bacon, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Jason Patric, Brad Pitt.

Based on Lorenzo Carcaterra's contentious autobiographical novel, Sleepers follows the linked destinies of four boys from Hell's Kitchen; the ensemble cast of male heavy-hitters is the handiwork of writer-director Barry Levinson. (Oct. 18)


TO GILLIAN ON HER 37TH BIRTHDAY
D: Michael Pressman; with Peter Gallagher, Claire Danes, Kathy Baker, Bruce Altman, Wendy Crewson, Michelle Pfeiffer.

Two years after his wife's accidental death, a man discovers that his continued grief has damaged his relationship with his teenage daughter and others; it's scripted and co-produced by TV's David O. Kelley (Picket Fences, Chicago Hope) and co-stars Fence's Kathy Baker and Kelley's real-life wife Michelle Pfeiffer. (Oct. 18)


MICHAEL COLLINS
D: Neil Jordan; with Liam Neeson, Julia Roberts, Aidan Quinn, Stephen Rea, Alan Rickman.

Liam Neeson portrays the charismatic Irish revolutionary, Michael Collins, a leader of Ireland's struggle in the 1920s to free itself from British control; writer-director Neil Jordan's success with The Crying Game and Interview With the Vampire has allowed him the freedom to make this historical saga. (Oct. 25)


THE ASSOCIATE
D: Daniel Petrie; with Whoopi Goldberg, Dianne Wiest, Tim Daly, Bebe Neuwirth, Lainie Kazan, Austin Pendleton, Eli Wallach.

In this comedy, a bright financial analyst played by Whoopi Goldberg is convinced that her lack of advancement is due to sex discrimination, so she invents an enigmatic business partner who helps her to get ahead in business. (Oct. 25)



Anthony Hopkins and Natascha McElhone in Surviving Picasso
SURVIVING PICASSO
D: James Ivory; with Anthony Hopkins, Natascha McElhone, Julianne Moore, Joan Plowright.

The distinguished filmmaking team of producer Ismael Merchant, director James Ivory, and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala come together once again for this portrait of the tumultuous private life of art titan Pablo Picasso, who is played by acting titan Anthony Hopkins; the film focuses on the mercurial, 10-year-long affair between Picasso and model Francoise Gilot and is told through Gilot's eyes. (Oct. 25)


MOTHER
D: Albert Brooks; with Brooks, Debbie Reynolds, Rob Morrow, Lisa Kudrow.

In his first film project since Defending Your Life, Albert Brooks casts himself as a twice-divorced, science-fiction writer who decides that his problems with women stem from his relationship with his mother and, so, moves back in with mom (played by Debbie Reynolds) in order to straighten out his life; sounds like another fine neurotic mess. (Oct.)


THE WAR AT HOME
D: Emilio Estevez; with Estevez, Kathy Bates, Martin Sheen, Kimberly Williams.

Emilio Estevez wrote, directed, and produced this filmed-in-Austin drama about a Vietnam vet whose traumatic return to his Texas family poses difficulties for all concerned. (Oct.)


Other October Releases:

D3: THE MIGHTY DUCKS These Disney kids' hockey pictures are starting to line up like ducks in a row; Ducks standard-bearer Emilio Estevez once more pays his dues to the company that, in turn, financed Estevez's production of The War at Home. (Oct. 4)...

THE GLIMMER MAN Steven Seagal and Keenan Ivory Wayans join forces to catch a serial killer. (Oct. 4)...

THE GHOST AND THE DARKNESS Val Kilmer and Michael Douglas star in a big-game adventure set in 1896 Africa; the story is derived from a true incident in which a mass hunt was undertaken for two voracious lions that killed scores of people. (Oct. 11)...

SHADOW CONSPIRACY A trusted adviser to the president and his former girlfriend, a journalist, are hunted by a hitman on a covert political mission; Charlie Sheen and Linda Hamilton star as the hunted pair, the supporting cast includes Donald Sutherland, Ben Gazzara, and Sam Waterston. (Oct. 18)...

JUDE Thomas Hardy's classic tale of doomed love, Jude the Obscure, is brought to the screen by director Michael Winterbottom (Butterfly Kiss) and stars Christopher Eccleston (Shallow Grave) and Kate Winslet (Sense and Sensibility) in a sensuous re-telling. (Oct.18)...

HIGH SCHOOL HIGH Jon Lovitz plays a teacher who leaves a private academy to teach at Marion Barry High, where he inspires students and woos Tia Carrere. (Oct. 25)...

STEPHEN KING'S THINNER * No seasonal film round-up would be complete without a Stephen King entry...

thus Thinner, starring John Burke and Joe Mantegna; with The Nutty Professor, this marks the second weight-watching movie of the year. (Oct. 25)...

BAD MOON A photojournalist, played by Michael Pare, returns from Nepal a werewolf; needless to say, his sister (Mariel Hemingway) and her family must take measures to protect themselves in this new thriller from Eric Red (The Hitcher, Body Parts). (Oct. 25)...

LOOKING FOR RICHARD Al Pacino, for the first time in his career, directs and creates as well as stars in this study of Shakespeare's Richard III in which the actual performance sequences are interspersed with intimate looks at the actors and filmmakers preparing their work; co-starring in the play are Winona Ryder, Alec Baldwin, Aidan Quinn, Kevin Spacey, and Estelle Parsons. (Oct.)...


November
MOTHER NIGHT
D: Keith Gordon; with Nick Nolte, Sheryl Lee, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Kirsten Dunst, David Straithairn.

Nick Nolte stars in this screen adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's 1962 novel about an American spy posing as a Nazi sympathizer in World War II Germany, who, in typically absurdist Vonnegut fashion, eventually loses track of his real identity. (Nov. 1)


SET IT OFF
D: F. Gary Gray; with Queen Latifah, Vivica Fox, Jada Pinkett, Kimberly Elise, Blair Underwood.

Four longtime girlfriends try to free themselves from the mean streets by robbing banks in what sounds like Waiting to Exhale amped up to a larcenous Waiting to Escape; Friday's F. Gary Gray directs. (Nov. 6)


RANSOM
D: Ron Howard; with Mel Gibson, Rene Russo, Gary Sinise, Delroy Lindo, Lili Taylor.

Mel Gibson plays a New York City tycoon whose implacable cool is wrenched asunder when his son is kidnapped and the FBI botches the rescue thereby forcing him to resort to his own negotiating skills; Ron Howard follows up Apollo 13 with a more "down-to-earth" thriller. (Nov. 8)


THE ENGLISH PATIENT
D: Anthony Minghella; with Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Kristen Scott Thomas, Willem Dafoe.

Told largely through the eyes of an unknown English patient in an Italian hospital, the story links four strangers in a tale of intrigue and adventure and is based on the acclaimed novel by Michael Ondaatje; director Anthony Minghella (Truly, Madly, Deeply) adapted the novel for the screen. (Nov. 15)


DEAR GOD
D: Garry Marshall; with Greg Kinnear, Laurie Metcalf, Maria Patillo, Tim Conway, Roscoe Lee Browne, Hector Elizondo.

Comedy meister Garry Marshall's newest film tells the story of a cynical con artist who devises a divine new scam while working in the Dead Letter office; it should, at least, give a new spin to the image of postal workers. (Nov. 8)


THE MIRROR HAS TWO FACES
D: Barbra Streisand; with Streisand, Jeff Bridges, Pierce Brosnan, George Segal, Mimi Rogers, Brenda Vaccaro, Lauren Bacall.

Streisand directs herself in this romantic comedy about relationships, sex, and beauty which was scripted by Richard LaGravenese (The Bridges of Madison County, The Fisher King); the firings and departures of many crew and cast members throughout the shoot have provided much grist for gossip over the past year. (Nov. 15)


JINGLE ALL THE WAY
D: Brian Levant; with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sinbad, Phil Hartman, Rita Wilson, Robert Conrad, Jim Belushi, Jake Lloyd.

Schwarzenegger teams with Flintstones director Brian Levant for this family picture about a suburban dad trying unsuccessfully to locate the season's hot action figure that's coveted by his son. (Nov. 22)


Ewan McGregor in Ole Bornedal's Nightwatch

NIGHTWATCH
D: Ole Bornedal; with Nick Nolte, Patricia Arquette, Ewan McGregor, Josh Brolin.

A law student, played by Trainspotting's Ewan McGregor, takes a part-time job as a night watchman in a morgue just as a serial killer begins terrorizing the city; for director Ole Bornedal, Nightwatch is his American re-make of a movie he made two years ago in Denmark, although this stateside version has a script by Steven Soderbergh. (Nov. 22)


101 DALMATIANS
D: Stephen Herek; with Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels, Joely Richardson, Joan Plowright.

From the looks of things, it seems that Glenn Close is having a blast bitching it up as the evil Cruella De Vil in this live-action version of the Disney chestnut about puppy love and dog-napping; the film is scripted by the king of family film comedy, John Hughes, and is directed by Stephen Herek of Mr. Holland's Opus and Mighty Ducks fame. (Nov. 27)


THE CRUCIBLE
D: Nicholas Hytner; with Daniel Day-Lewis, Winona Ryder, Paul Scofield, Joan Allen, Bruce Davison.

Arthur Miller scripted this screen adaptation of his famous stage play about the Salem witchcraft trials which reteams those Age of Innocence co-stars Daniel Day-Lewis and Winona Ryder, and is directed by The Madness of King George's Nicholas Hytner. (Nov. 27)


DAYLIGHT
D: Rob Cohen; Sylvester Stallone, Amy Brenneman, Stan Shaw, Viggo Mortensen, Claire Bloom.

When an explosion in a New York-New Jersey tunnel below the Hudson causes both ends to be sealed off, a disparate group of commuters must pull together for survival; it's a good thing the EMS rescue squad has Sylvester Stallone aboard. (Dec. 6)


Other November Releases

THE EIGHTH DAY The movie's co-stars, Daniel Auteuil and Pascal Duquenne, shared the Best Actor Award at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival for their depiction of an unlikely friendship between a stiff businessman and a man with Down Syndrome; it is directed by Toto le Hero's Jaco Van Dormael. (Nov. 1)...

MAD DOG TIME For this entry in the new gangster-cool genre, first-time director Larry Bishop, son of Joey, gathered an all-star cast that includes Richard Dreyfuss, Gabriel Byrne, Jeff Goldblum, Ellen Barkin, Diane Lane, Gregory Hines, Kyle MacLachlan, Paul Anka, Burt Reynolds, Billy Idol, Angie Everhart, and Joey Bishop (Nov. 1)...

THE PROPRIETOR Producer Ismael Merchant takes the director's reins for this Jeanne Moreau vehicle in which she plays a French expatriate novelist who returns from New York to the Paris she left during the Occupation 30 years ago; co-stars include Austin Pendleton, Nell Carter, and Sam Waterston. (Nov. 8)...

I'M NOT RAPPAPORT Walter Matthau and Ossie Davis play the bickering old buddies of Central Park in this adaptation of Herb Gardner's stage play; Amy Irving, Martha Plimpton, and Craig T. Nelson also appear. (Nov. 15)...

SPACE JAM * Michael Jordan makes his screen debut in a full-court press against the entire Looney Tunes gang in this combination live-action/animation feature; a host of NBA All-Stars make cameo appearances in this Ivan Reitman production. (Nov. 15)...

DANGEROUS GROUND From Darrell Roodt, the director of Sarafina!, comes this action-drama shot in South Africa in which a man searching for his brother becomes mixed up with a Johannesburg drug cartel; Ice Cube and Elizabeth Hurley star. (Nov. 20)...

STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT They're baa-aack! Let's see, this sequel makes number eight and features Captain Jean-Luc Picard and crew. (Nov. 22)


Undated Fall Releases NIGHT FALLS ON MANHATTAN Sidney Lumet's 40th film continues the director's fascination with the criminal justice system (Twelve Angry Men, Serpico, The Verdict) as he tells the story of an idealistic Manhattan cop-turned-DA, played by Andy Garcia, and his moral confusion over the compromises his new job entails; Richard Dreyfuss plays a liberal defense adversary and Lena Olin also stars...

PALOOKAVILLE The winner of the 1995 Kodak Prize for Best First Feature at the Venice Film Festival, the movie shows what happens when three guys plot the perfect crime in order to escape their dead-end lives...

LARGER THAN LIFE When the character played by Bill Murray in this cross-country adventure receives a "large inheritance," he doesn't quite expect it to be an elephant; Janeane Garofalo and Matthew McConaughey co-star...

SWEET NOTHING A Wall Street executive played by Michael Imperioli (I Shot Andy Warhol, Household Saints) gets hooked on crack, while Ocsar-winner Mira Sorvino plays his wife in this film directed by UT grad Gary Winick...

LOVE IS ALL THERE IS Two teens from rival Italian restaurants meet during a production of Romeo and Juliet; it's directed by Joseph Bologna and Renee Taylor and features Paul Sorvino...

THE FUNERAL Bad Lieutenant's Abel Ferrara directs this Depression-era crime drama starring Christopher Walken and Chris Penn...

TREES LOUNGE Another actor, Steve Buscemi, makes his directing debut with this story about an out-of-work mechanic and his favorite bar...

TWELFTH NIGHT Veteran British theatre director Trevor Nunn films this rendition of Shakespeare's comedy starring Helena Bonham Carter, Richard E. Grant, Nigel Hawthorne, Ben Kingsley, and Imogene Stubbs...

WHEN WE WERE KINGS A chronicle of the 1974 Muhammad Ali-George Foreman heavyweight boxing match in Zaire with never-before-seen images and much reflective insight about what it meant to be a black American at that particular juncture in history...

JOHNS Lukas Haas and David Arquette portray young L.A. hustlers stuck in the life...

NORMAL LIFE When debts become too much for "normal" couple Ashley Judd and Luke Perry, they begin to rob banks; directed by John McNaughton, the man behind Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer...

UNHOOK THE STARS Gena Rowlands stars as a widow who reinvents herself in this movie directed by her son Nick Cassavetes; Gerard Depardieu and Marisa Tomei co-star...

SLINGBLADE One False Move's Billy Bob Thornton also tries his hand at directing with this story about a man released from an asylum after committing a gruesome crime 25 years earlier; the cast also features Dwight Yoakam, John Ritter, and J.T. Walsh...

SANTA WITH MUSCLES Hulk Hogan plays a billionaire who wants to be Santa...

THE PEST John Leguizamo co-wrote and stars in this Latino take on The Most Dangerous Game...

LEOPARD SON The Discovery Channel produced this feature documentary that follows the growth of a baby leopard, with narration by Sir John Gielgud and music by Stewart Copeland...

SMALL WONDERS Previously titled Fiddlefest, this Oscar-nominated documentary tells the story of Roberta Guaspari-Tzavaras and her passion for teaching music in East Harlem...

SHINE This Australian drama is a tribute to the transcendence of artistic genius and its crushing consequences; inspired by the life of pianist David Helfgott, the movie tracks his triumphant concert career and his devastating mental breakdown that kept him from partaking freely in life...

Two re-releases of restored American classics are also on the horizon: George Stevens' 1956 Texas epic GIANT, which stars Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor, and James Dean in his final role; and a 70mm version of Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 VERTIGO, one of the master's very best thrillers about obsession and mistaken identity that stars James Stewart and Kim Novak.


Dobie SUITE 16 This dark, sexually-charged thriller in which a violent hustler and a wealthy, paraplegic, former playboy engage in some perverse ego swapping is directed by Belgian Dominique Deruddere, who is best known for Love Is a Dog from Hell, his film adaptation of some Charles Bukowski stories. (Sept 6)...

GIRLS TOWN Three high school friends become feminist guerrillas after the rape and subsequent suicide of another girl; Lili Taylor stars as a Hispanic high school student and unwed mother in this collaborative and largely improvisational work directed by Jim McKay. (Sept. 13)...

STONEWALL A semi-fictional account based on Martin Duberman's book of the weeks leading up to the 1969 Stonewall riots that ushered in the modern gay rights movement; director Nigel Finch died of AIDS shortly before completing the project, which was finished by producer Christine Vachon and others. (Sept. 20)...

SYNTHETIC PLEASURES Cyberspace and new technologies are the domain of this documentary in which director Iara Lee portrays the future through imagery, special effects, and interviews with pioneers such as John Perry Barlow, Timothy Leary, and R.U. Serious. (Sept. 27)...

ED'S NEXT MOVE A romantic comedy directed by first-timer John Walsh which follows the experiences of a rice geneticist from Wisconsin, who moves to Manhattan after getting dumped by his girlfriend. (Sept. 27)...

SMALL FACES This winner of the best picture award at the 1995 Edinburgh Film Festival, tells the story of three brothers coming of age in 1968 Glasgow. (Oct. 4)...

EVERYTHING RELATIVE Described as the "lesbian Big Chill," Sharon Pollack's feature depicts the weekend reunion of old friends from the Seventies. (Oct. 11)...

PARADISE LOST From the team of Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, who created the acclaimed Brother's Keeper, this new documentary examines the shocking child murders that occurred in Memphis in 1993. (Oct. 18)...

PERFECT CANDIDATE * Oliver North's failed Virginia Senate campaign is the subject of this documentary. (Oct. 18)...

BEAUTIFUL THING Hettie Macdonald's touching and funny movie tells the story of two London teenage boys who fall in love. (Nov. 1)


Other movies on Dobie's fall calendar:

CYCLO The second film by Tran Anh Hung, the director of The Scent of Green Papaya, was shot in Ho Chi Minh City and tells the story of a young, orphaned rickshaw driver who is drawn into the world of gangs after his vehicle is stolen...

THE BIG SQUEEZE Lara Flynn Boyle plays a wife who schemes to get her hand on her husband's money...

HUSTLER WHITE Bruce La Bruce's film follows an accident-prone hustler (played by model Tony Ward, known for his work in several Madonna videos) as he plays his wares on Santa Monica Boulevard...

CURDLED Quentin Tarantino executive-produced this movie about a cabbie (based on the little-seen cabbie in Pulp Fiction), who is so fascinated with death that she takes a job cleaning up after murders; Angela Jones and William Baldwin co-star...

HYPE! An exploration of the Seattle rock scene, from its roots in punk rock and heavy metal to the birth of grunge; with lots of music by the usual Seattle suspects and a never-seen performance of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit"...


Meet the Beetles: Microcosmos
MICROCOSMOS An up-close and personal look at insect eroticism, the movie is categorized more as a narrative than a documentary and was the buzz of the 1996 Cannes Film Festival where it won the Special Jury Prize; "Meet the Beetles!" is the advertising pitch...

ALBINO ALLIGATOR Kevin Spacey makes his directing debut with this story about a robbery gone awry that features Matt Dillon, Faye Dunaway, Gary Sinise, and Joe Mantegna.


Village CELESTIAL CLOCKWORK A Venezuelan movie in which a woman says adios in the middle of her wedding and heads off to Paris to become Maria Callas. (Sept. 6)...

MANNY & LO Two teenage runaway sisters, one of them pregnant, steal a station wagon, take a maternity-store clerk hostage, and sleep in model homes; first-time director Lisa Kreuger depicts the forging of the modern family. (Sept. 13)...

HEAVY There's unrequited love in a pizza joint when Pruitt Taylor Vince's overweight pizza chef falls hard for the pretty new waitress, played by Liv Tyler; Deborah Harry and Shelley Winters also co-star. (Sept. 20)...

AMERICAN BUFFALO A screen adaptation of the 1975 David Mamet play about small-time con men trying to pull a job on a friend; co-stars Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Franz, and Fresh's Sean Nelson. (Sept 27)...

INFINITY Matthew Broderick makes his directing debut and co-stars with Rosanna Arquette in a love story taken from the early years of Nobel prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman's life and autobiography (Oct. 4)...

BIG NIGHT Actors Campbell Scott and Stanley Tucci turn co-directors in this period piece set in a family-run Italian restaurant in the 1950s; the movie, which also features Ian Holm, Minnie Driver, and Isabella Rossellini, won the best screenplay award at Sundance 1996. (Oct. 4)...

SECRETS AND LIES Mike Leigh's latest was the toast of the 1996 Cannes Film Festival, where the film received the Palme d'Or top prize and co-star Brenda Blethyn won the best actress award as the mother in this story about a black woman who seeks out her biological mother and finds her to be a white factory worker. (Oct. 18)...

FLIRT Hal Hartley (Amateur, The Unbelievable Truth) continues his experiments with narrative structures in his new film that essentially repeats the same story in three different locations; Parker Posey and Hartley stalwart Martin Donovan are part of the cast. (Oct. 25)...

GLORY DAYS As graduation approaches, five friends must choose the direction their lives will take; Alyssa Milano, John Rhys-Davies, and Spalding Gray star. (Oct. 25)...

CAUGHT Director Robert M. Young and actor Edward James Olmos reunite (years ago they made The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez) for this low-budget thriller about a mysterious drifter who arrives at a middle-aged couple's Jersey City fish market; Maria Conchita Alonso also stars. (Nov. 8)


Other movies on the Village's fall calendar:


Gina Gershon and Jennifer Tilly in Bound
BOUND This fresh spin on the buddy movie teams Gina Gershon as a sexy lesbian ex-con and Jennifer Tilly as a gangster's girlfriend for a sting and some romance; it marks the directing debut of the Wachowski brothers, Andy and Larry...

RENDEZVOUS IN PARIS In the latest from French nouvelle vague master Eric Rohmer, the director uses the concept of the rendezvous as both a theme and an organizational structure as he continues to penetrate the streets and conversations of Paris...

SWINGERS This movie about five guys and their problems with women presents itself as an outgrowth of "cocktail nation," the growing twentysomething retro-Swing dance movement...

THE GRASS HARP Charles Matthau directs his father and a fine ensemble cast including Jack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, and Nell Carter, in this Truman Capote coming-of-age story adapted for the screen by Stirling Silliphant and Kirk Ellis...

RIDICULE Wit is the key to survival in this lavish period piece set in the court of Louis XVI; it stars the great French actors Fanny Ardant and Jean Rochefort and is directed by Patrice Leconte (Monsieur Hire, The Hair Dresser's Husband)...

EVERYONE SAYS I LOVE YOU Woody Allen's latest is a musical shot on location in New York, Venice, and Paris and features Allen along with Alan Alda, Drew Barrymore, Goldie Hawn, Julia Roberts, Lukas Haas, and Natalie Portman.


Texas Union THE SEARCH FOR ONE-EYE JIMMY Brooklyn layabouts are the subject of this humorous drama starring Nicholas Turturro, Steve Buscemi, Samuel L. Jackson, Anne Meara, and Jennifer Beals and is directed by Sam Henry Kass, Seinfeld's former head writer (Sept 6)...

301-302 An obsessive chef and an anorexic writer are next-door neighbors in this twisted, feminist horror comedy from South Korea (Oct. 11)...

WOODEN MAN'S BRIDE This 1993 film is an epic and tragic Chinese love story (Oct. 25)...

PARIS WAS A WOMAN Greta Schiller's documentary recreates the Paris that flourished as a cultural mecca in the early decades of this century; with newly discovered home movies, groundbreaking research, and intimate storytelling, new insights into the lives of Colette, Djuna Barnes, Gertrude Stein, Romaine Brooks, and Gisele Freund are shared. (Dec. 6)...

Hong Kong film premieres include FULL THROTTLE, Derek Yee's ode to urban drag racing (Oct. 18); TRIADS: THE UNTOLD STORY, a 1989 Chow Yun Fat crime melodrama directed by Taylor Wong (Nov. 1); and DRAGON FIGHT, another 1989 film that stars Jet Li as a member of a martial arts demonstration team who becomes stranded in San Francisco. (Dec. 6)


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