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The films of summer

May 14, 1995|By Los Angeles Daily News

Fair Game: Megamodel Cindy Crawford makes her movie debut in this action extravaganza from producer Joel Silver.

Aug. 18

The Baby-Sitters Club: Director Melanie Mayron turns her attention to young people, in this case seven teen-age girls played by a cast of unknowns.

Hackers: Another cyberthriller about computer jockeys who discover data they would be better off not knowing.

Mortal Kombat: Big ugly things fight to save the planet from bigger, uglier things in this futuristic stomp romp. Christopher Lambert is appropriately cast.

The Usual Suspects: Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri, Kevin Pollak, Pete Postlethwaite and Kevin Spacey play assorted cops and cons in this caper piece from director Bryan Singer.

Empire: Another summer teen comedy, this one set in a big record store. Liv Tyler and Rory Cochrane are in the ensemble, along with more mature talents Anthony LaPaglia and Debi Mazar.

Aug. 25

Beyond Rangoon: Patricia Arquette and Frances McDormand play sisters whose vacation to Myanmar turns dangerous.

Desperado: Director Robert Rodriguez revisits the terrain of his low-budget hit "El Mariachi" for this story of a musician who can shoot bullets around corners with a snap of the wrist. Antonio Banderas stars.

Purple Noon: A handsome American playboy (Alain Delon) sent to Italy to bring home a rich man's son has a good time on the dad's tab, then ends up involved in murder and forgery to maintain his lifestyle.

Steal Big, Steal Little: Andy Garcia plays identical, good/evil twins in an action comedy revolving around their tug of war over a billion-dollar inheritance. Alan Arkin and Rachel Ticotin co-star.

Unscheduled in August

An Awfully Big Adventure: Dark comedy about a British teen-ager who joins the backstage intrigue at a repertory theater company in Liverpool in 1950. With Hugh Grant and Alan Rickman.

Big Bully: When Rick Moranis returns to his hometown, he's amazed to find the bully who made his childhood a nightmare (Tom Arnold) grown into a passive, hen-pecked shopkeeper.

Double Happiness: An aspiring Chinese-Canadian actress (Sandra Oh) agrees to date an eligible Chinese lawyer to keep her parents happy, only to find herself attracted to a white university student.

Lucky Break: A trashy romance writer falls for a jewelry dealer rTC (Anthony LaPaglia) who is pledged to another (Rebecca Givney). Ben Lewin wrote and directed.

The Tie That Binds: Take your standard, adopted-child custody-case TV movie, toss in a couple of wanted outlaws (Daryl Hannah and Keith Carradine) as the kid's biological parents, and voila: You have a theatrical-quality, cheesy thriller.

Wild Bill: Jeff Bridges is the famous frontiersman; Ellen Barkin is his Calamity Jane.

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