SNEAKS ’95 : Opening Soon

Baby, it’s cold outside, but it’s warm and cozy in the theater, especially with two romantic comedies, “Before Sunrise,” with Gen X stars Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, and “Miami Rhapsody,” with Sarah Jessica Parker and Antonio Banderas. We’ll also finally get to see Sharon Stone as a gunslinger in her long-delayed “Quick and the Dead.” Smile when you say that.

Bad Company. Ellen Barkin spins a passionate, deadly web for CIA agent Laurence Fishburne after he’s sent her way to infiltrate an industrial espionage ring. (Touchstone)

Before the Rain. Katrin Cartlidge (“Naked”) stars in a love story, set in Macedonia and London, about a young monk, a picture editor and a war photographer who are thrown together when war looms. (Gramercy)

Before Sunrise. Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy appear in “Dazed and Confused” director Richard Linklater’s saga of a young American and the French grad student he falls for. (Columbia)


Billy Madison. Tamra Davis (“CB4") directs Adam Sandler (who co-wrote) as a lazy, though lovable, son of an influential hotelier. To secure a place in the old man’s will, the son must redo all 12 grades of school in six months. (Universal)

Boys on the Side. Herbert Ross, who showed a knack for the female ensemble piece in “Steel Magnolias,” here directs Whoopi Goldberg, Mary-Louise Parker and Drew Barrymore. The three employ humor and hope as they enrich each other’s lives. (Warner Bros.)

The Brady Bunch Movie. Shelley Long and Gary Cole assume the Carol and Mike roles, with the familiar clan still behaving as if it were sunny and safe ‘70s suburbia. Michael McKean plays a Brady neighbor. (Paramount)

Federal Hill. Nicholas Turturro leads the way in a stark look at five guys growing up in an Italian neighborhood in Providence, R.I. When a fair-haired WASP attracts one of the boys, Turturro loses it. (Trimark)


Heavyweights. A bunch of seriously obese kids roll into Camp Hope for the summer, only to learn that they will be facing Camp MVP’s muscular kids at the grueling Apache Games. (Walt Disney/Caravan)

Highlander III: The Final Dimension. Christopher Lambert returns as the man who never dies in this sequel that never seems to get released. Mario Van Peebles plays a sorcerer who’s a bit miffed about being buried alive for four centuries. (Miramax)

In the Mouth of Madness. John Carpenter directs this psychological thriller. Insurance investigator Sam Neill must locate a horror writer whose latest chiller brings devastation to anyone who reads it. (New Line)

The Jerky Boys. Not as in beef, though scores of their ambushed phone victims certainly have a bone to pick with them. Actual hoaxers Johnny Brennan and Kamal, who have parlayed their prank-calling technique into movie fare, star. (Caravan)


Just Cause. Arne Glimcher (“The Mambo Kings”) directs Sean Connery, Laurence Fishburne and Kate Capshaw in a legal thriller from John Katzenbach’s book. Connery is an attorney who looks into the Death Row case of a black man (Blair Underwood) who protests his innocence. (Warner Bros.)

Lord of Illusions. Scott Bakula (TV’s “Quantum Leap”) stars as a New York private eye who ends up in L.A.'s deserts scouring the region for a con artist. He’ll soon wish he had stayed home. (United Artists)

Martha & Ethel. The story of two nannies and their remarkable effect on the families that employed them for 30-plus years. More than that, director-producer Jyll Johnstone and producer Barbara Ettinger were part of those special families. (Sony Pictures Classics)

Miami Rhapsody. Sarah Jessica Parker’s boyfriend has finally popped the question. Before she surrenders her freedom, however, she decides to find out from everyone around her what relationships and marriage really entail. Antonio Banderas and Mia Farrow co-star. (Hollywood)


Mr. Payback. Christopher Lloyd stars for director Bob Gale in this interactive feature. Payback is a part man, part cyborg avenger, and viewers can determine those on whom he pounces. (Sony New Technologies/Interfilm)

The Quick and the Dead. Sharon Stone has a six-gun on her hip and revenge burning in her heart as she moseys into the sleepy town of Redemption. Gene Hackman, Gary Sinise and Leonardo DiCaprio co-star; Sam Raimi directs. (TriStar)

The Secret of Roan Inish. Writer-director John Sayles (who adapts from the Rosalie K. Fry novel) heads to Ireland’s northwest coast, where he looks at how everyday life there can be transformed by myth and magic. (First Look)

S.F.W. Terrorists hit a convenience store, and grungy Cliff Spab (Stephen Dorff) becomes a media sensation during the weeks he is held hostage, thanks to the videotapes released by his captors. His “fame” soon begins to nauseate him. (Gramercy)


Shallow Grave. This strange story, filmed in Scotland, involves three seemingly decent people whose new flatmate suffers a drug overdose the day he moves in. When they discover a suitcase bursting with cash near the body, things get interesting. (Gramercy)

Two Bits. James Foley (“Glengarry Glen Ross”) again directs Al Pacino, this time in a Depression-era tale of a lovable, feisty Philly man who really sets his grandson on the right path in life. (Miramax)

The Walking Dead. In this view of the Vietnam War through the eyes of four black Marines who are deposited in a grim battle zone, we learn about how they got there and the loved ones they left behind. Joe Morton stars. (Savoy)

Window to Paris. This comic fantasy is set in a grim St. Petersburg apartment, where the tenants discover a magical window that leads to a rooftop in Paris. Russian and French with subtitles. (Sony Pictures Classics)