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ABSOLUTE POWER* - Clint Eastwood directs this thriller based on the novel by David Baldacci. Clint also stars as a professional thief. Only two people know the identity of a murderer and one of them is the president of the United States, played by Gene Hackman. The moral of this story of about power and morality? Absolute power corrupts absolutely. (Absolútna moc)

HAIR*- This successful musical was made into a film in 1977 by Miloš Forman. It plays in the late 60's during the Vietnam War and the Hippies' movement. The main characters are played by John Savage, Treat Williams, Beverly D'Angel, and Annie Golden. (Vlasy)

CON AIR* - They were fatally dangerous on earth and now they've got wings. The most dangerous and notorious American criminals are transported in a specially equipped and armed plane "Con Air," from which no one has managed to escape - until now. Nicholas Cage, John Malkovich and John Cusack star in this film directed by Simon West. (Lietajúca väznica)

SCREAM*- This Wes Craven psychological thriller is set in the small Californian town of Santa Rosa, which is terrorized by a psychopath who is murdering his victims according to screenplays of popular films. An ambitious TV reporter (Courtney Cox) decides to go after the mysterious murderer. If she is quick enough, she will manage to prevent him from the next murder and to help save the life of an unjustly condemned man awaiting execution in prison. (Vreskot)

SHINE*- This Australian biographical film about the piano virtuoso David Helfgott is one of those films that directly addresses the viewer, touches his heart, senses and which can not be classified as calculated false sentiments. A film like this may not capture the audience too quickly but it makes a much deeper and long-lasting impression. In this remarkable cinematic work directed by 44-year-old Scott Hicks, the main character is played by Geoffrey Rush who received an Oscar for it. (Žiara)

ADDICTED TO LOVE* - Meg Ryan and Matthew Broderick star in this comedy, which proves that any means are good for finding a partner - regardless of the victims. And if you get jilted you should not be depressed and passive but act immediately. The best thing is to start with discreet shadowing.(Oddaní láske)

LE JAGUAR* - The popular Jean Reno and the singer Patrick Bruel star in this adventurous comedy with action elements directed by the well-known French director Francis Veber. The story is set in Paris and the tropical forests of South America. The heroes are three men: a stressed hazarder having problems with women, an Indian chief, and his guide. (Jaguár)

FOOLS RUSH IN* - A comedy by Andy Tennant where he is a nice guy from Manhattan and she a professional photographer from Las Vegas. They have met at one night full of passion but is the marriage worth all possible prices? Matthew Perry, Salma Hayek and Jill Clayburgh in the main roles. (Len blázni sa ponáhlajú)

ANACONDA*- The life of a film crew on the Amazon river changes from a tropical paradise into a green hell when they are attacked by an incredibly huge snake. This is the plot of this action movie shot by Luis Llosa with Jon Voight, Jennifer Lopez and Eric Stoltz in the main roles. (Anakonda)

THE CRUCIBLE*- Daniel Day-Lewis, Winona Ryder, Paul Scofield, Joan Allen, Bruce Davidson and Rob Campbell star in this film adaptation of Arthur Miller's play about the Salem Witch Trials that gripped the American state of Massachusetts in the 17th century. Day-Lewis and Ryder team up masterfully in this tale of love, betrayal, guilt and salvation. (Čarodejnice zo Salemu).

BREAK DOWN*- This action movie directed by Jonathan Mostow is a Hitchcock-like thriller with danger lurking everywhere. Jeff (Kurt Russel) is looking for his wife who mysteriously disappeared when her car broke and she tried to call from a telephone booth for help. Nobody has seen her though and the police suspect Jeff of lying. And so the poor husband has to fight for his wife's life completely by himself. (Únos)

EMMA*- This is another film based on a Jane Austen novel following the Oscar-winning "Sense and Sensibility." Douglas McGrath wrote the screenplay and also directed this comedy about pretty, rich and intelligent Emma (Gwyneth Paltrow) who likes arranging other peoples' lives, predominantly their private lives, until she almost misses her own opportunity for a happy life. (Emma)

LADY AND THE TRAMP (D)- The main characters in this classical Disney cartoon fairy tale are two dogs - the lady-dog called "Lady" and her smart suitor and brave protector "Tramp." This charming story that has won the audience already few years ago comes on the screen again - now with Slovak dubbing. (Lady a Tramp)

DONNIE BRASCO- Al Pacino and Johnny Depp first met in front of a camera in this melodramatic mob thriller. This movie is an authentic story of a young New York policeman who succeeded in winning the favour of the mob circles and after six years of being one of them he reveals the criminal underground. Later he wrote a book about his life among the mobsters that became the basis for this film by Mike Newell. (Donnie Brasco)

MURDER AT 1600- This thriller leads us into the residence of the American president that became the scene of a crime. The head of the detective security service of the White House (Wesley Snipes) is in charge of the investigation. In the course of time he finds out that behind this crime there is an extensive conspiracy aimed at the highest representatives of the United States. Probably even at the president. (Vražda v Bielom Dome)

BULLETS OVER BROADWAY- Woody Allen's comedy about life, theater and a brilliant gangster. The hero is a young playwright who raises money for the premiere of his play by engaging the mistress of an influential gangster. John Cusack, Chazz Pallminteri and Diane Wiest were honored with Golden Globes and Oscars for the lead roles. (Výstrely na Brodway)

THE EIGHTH DAY (Le huitieme jour) - This French-Belgian lyrical film directed by Jaco van Dormael tells the story of two men of different mentalities. A successful manager and a boy suffering from the Dawn syndrome meet by chance on a rainy day on a deserted road - this is the beginning of an unique friendship that earned the both main protagonists (Daniel Auteuil and Pascal Duquenne) awards at the IFF in Cannes. (Ôsmy deň)

FACE OFF- A criminal hides a biological bomb in San Francisco and then falls into coma. Thanks to achievements of the modern science an experienced detective changes his face with the criminal and tries to find the bomb and to neutralise it. John Travolta and Nicholas Cage star in this new American action movie shot by John Woo. (Tvár toho druhťho)

TWIN TOWN- The debut of the director Kevin Allen in the collaboration with the producers Andrew MacDonald and Danny Boyle (Trainspotting and Shallow Tomb) started its successful career through the world cinemas at the IFF in Berlin. The main characters of this story that plays in Swansea, Wales, are the twins Jeremy and Julian (Rhys Ifans and Llyr Evans), who - as the majority of their unemployed friends - devote their time of boredom to steeling of cars and to drugs š(Twin Town)

SHE'S THE ONE- The theme of the comedy of the director and screenplay writer Edward Burns is the men's fight with infidelity and a wrong philosophy of life and love. He tells a story of two brothers - a bachelor who works as a taxi driver and a happily married Wall Street businessman. Both think their life is happy till the moment when each of them meets the right woman. (Ona, jedine ona)

HAMLET- After the adaptations of Shakespeare's Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing and Othello, the 37 years old Irish actor and director Kenneth Branagh made also a film about the tragic destiny of the Danish prince. His version of Hamlet takes two hours, the original version 240 minutes. It is a magnificent historical epos full of passion - love, hatred, friendship, betrayal and blood. Film stars like Gerard Depardieu, Jack Lemmon, Robin Williams, Julie Christie, Charleton Heston, Billy Crystal, Derek Jacobi and Kate Winslet whom Branagh engaged in his film will certainly make it even more attractive. (Hamlet)

SWAN PRINCESS* - Enter a world of fantasy - mysterious castles, talking animals, evil wizards and good witches - in this old fashioned fairy-tale where good always wins. A perfect movie for children and enough visual effects to keep adults entertained. (Labutia princezná)

FRENCH KISS* - Meg Ryan tries to regain the humor that won her accolades in "When Harry Met Sally" by playing an American woman in Paris trying to win back her love. The movie has its moments but Ryan whines way too much. Throw in a bizarre French accent from Kevin Kline and sentimental sap - stay home. (Francúszky bozk).

BATMAN AND ROBIN- The comic hero Batman is back on screen for the fourth time and again with a new appearance. After the incomparable Michael Keaton and undistinctive Val Kilmer, the charming George Clooney puts on Batman's costume. This action movie directed by Joel Schumacher is likely to be a summer hit, thanks to its all-star cast of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Cris O'Donnell, Uma Thurman and Alicia Silverston. (Batman a Robin)

FARGO* - This film by Joel and Ethan Coen based on a true story won Oscars for best actress (Frances McDormand) and for best original screenplay. A Minneapolis car salesman who is in debt decides to get some money by kidnapping his own wife. He hires two criminals to get the ransom from his rich father-in-law. The plan falls through when the kidnappers shoot a policeman and two innocent witnesses. (Fargo)


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