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Godzilla, aliens, and asteroid and a Hunter Thompson book are all headed for theaters. Here's a look at those movies and more.

BEASTLY SUMMER

May 15, 1998|By CHRIS KALTENBACH | CHRIS KALTENBACH,SUN STAFF

"My Life So Far": Colin Firth, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Malcolm McDowell in a child's-eye view of an unusual family.

"Polish Wedding": Lena Olin and Gabriel Byrne as the heads of a Polish-American family living in Detroit and Claire Danes as their spirited daughter.

"There's Something About Mary": Ben Stiller is a longtime loser who hires a creep of a private eye (Matt Dillon) to track down his long-lost love (Cameron Diaz).

"Be The Man": Dave Osborne, the world's greatest stunt daredevil, finally makes it to the big screen. Duck!

August

"54" (Aug. 7): Mike Myers plays it straight as Steve Rubell, the New Jersey guy who made Studio 54 the place to be seen in the Big Apple. It also stars Salma Hayek and Neve Campbell.

"Snake Eyes" (Aug. 7): Nicolas Cage is an Atlantic City police detective trying to solve a ringside murder with 14,000 potential suspects. Brian DePalma directs.

"The Avengers" (Aug. 14): Ralph Fiennes and Uma Thurman bring the '60s TV show to the big screen, doing their best to make us forget Patrick Macnee and Diana Rigg (good luck!). At least they've brought Sean Connery along to play the bad guy.

"Virus" (Aug. 14): Jamie Lee Curtis, William Baldwin and Donald Sutherland stumble onto a nasty microbe aboard a secret Russian research vessel.

"Air Bud: Golden Receiver" (Aug. 14): That basketball-playing pooch is back.

"Clay Pigeons" (Aug. 14): Joaquin Phoenix is a gas-station attendant whose life heads downhill after he admits to sleeping with his best friend's wife, in a dark comedy also starring Janeane Garofalo and Vince Vaughn.

"Return to Paradise" (Aug. 14): Vaughn and Phoenix team up again, this time joined by David Conrad as three friends who journey through Malaysia, where one of them runs afoul of the drug laws -- even though all three are guilty. Anne Heche and Jada Pinkett Smith also star.

"Knock Off" (Aug. 21): Renowned thespian and kick-boxer Jean-Claude Van Damme stars as a CIA operative in Hong Kong.

"Rush Hour" (Aug. 28): Human dynamo Jackie Chan teams with Chris Tucker as police detectives from Hong Kong and L.A., respectively, out to solve a kidnapping.

"Your Friends & Neighbors" (Aug. 28): Ben Stiller, Aaron Eckhart, Nastassja Kinski, Amy Brenneman and Jason Patric use sex as a sort of chess game. From writer-director Neil LaBute ("In the Company of Men").

"Strike" (Aug. 28): Set in an exclusive girls' school in 1963, this comedy stars Kirsten Dunst, Gaby Hoffmann and Heather Matarazzo.

"Next Stop, Wonderland" (Aug. 28): Hope Davis ("The Myth of Fingerprints") is a Boston nurse whose mother places a personals ad for her in the local newspaper.

Also scheduled for August:

"Blade": Wesley Snipes is a vampire hunter and Stephen Dorff is a vampire. Based on the Marvel Comics characters.

"Slums of Beverly Hills": A female coming-of-age comedy set in the '70s. Marisa Tomei and Natasha Lyonne star.

"Wrongfully Accused": Unregenerate goofball Leslie Nielsen is at again, this time spoofing "The Fugitive" and various crime thrillers.

"Disturbing Behavior": In this high school comedy-thriller, a new kid in town discovers there's evil afoot.

"Pi": A mathematician is about to figure out that most indecipherable of mysteries: the stock market.

Pub Date: 5/15/98

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