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It's March, and lots of stars are gettin' lucky on the big screen this month. Matthew McConaughey plays a video store clerk who turns into a celebrity, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ryan Phillipe are sleeping their way through New York City, and Sandra Bullock and Ben Affleck are getting up close and personal. With the star power behind this month's movies, we're wondering if there was a surplus of four-leaf clovers in Hollywood this year.

RyanSarah Cruel Intentions
Columbia
Vindictive seductress Kathryn (Sarah Michelle Gellar, TV's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer") joins her equally reprehensible stepbrother Sebastian (Ryan Phillipe, Studio 54) in his quest to deflower the headmaster's virginal daughter, Annette Hargrove (Reese Witherspoon, Pleasantville) in this adaptation of Choderlos de Laclos' novel, Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Gellar's a real bad-ass when she's kicking vampire butt, but we've never seen her like this – dark-haired, slutty and vicious.


EdTVEdTV
Universal
In the grand tradition of The Truman Show, we've got a film about another poor schmo whose life is irrevocably changed after it is aired on a 24-hour-a-day cable channel. The similarity ends there, though, since the unambitious video store clerk, Ed (Matthew McConaughey), is fully aware of the camera. In fact, it provides him an escape from his obscure life and launches him into celebrity. Celebrities abound in this one – look for Woody Harrelson, Ellen DeGeneres, Jenna Elfman, Elizabeth Hurley and Dennis Hopper, just to name a few.

The Other SisterThe Other Sister
Touchstone
This bittersweet romance stars Juilette Lewis (What's Eating Gilbert Grape) and Giovanni Ribisi (Saving Private Ryan) as Carla and Danny, an unlikely couple who find love. They play a slightly retarded pair who defy the overprotective wishes of Carla's mother (Diane Keaton) and set out to prove themselves as two responsible adults. Lewis and Ribisi are absolutely charming, and even the most cynical among us won't be able to leave the theater without a smile.

ForcesForces of Nature
Dreamworks
Sandra Bullock is one lucky lady. She has managed to costar in films with some of the hottest men in the business – think Aidan Quinn, Keanu Reeves, Matthew McConaughey, Harry Connick, Jr. and Jason Patrick. And now this fortunate female gets to lock lips with Ben Affleck. She plays Ben's eccentric, sexy traveling companion as he heads from New York to Savannah for his wedding. Surprise, surprise, the more time he spends with her, the less appealing his upcoming nuptials start looking.

AnalyzeAnalyze This
Warner Bros.
Billy Crystal has figured out what every powerful gangster needs to live a happy, fulfilling life – a therapist. Crystal plays a divorced suburban New York psychiatrist who counsels a troubled mobster (Robert DeNiro) suffering from panic attacks, while trying to live a peaceful life with his young son and plan a wedding with his sweet fiancée Lisa Kudrow (TV's "Friends"). Hilarity ensues as Crystal tries to get a guy who solves his problem with a gun and a sack of cement to reach a state of inner peace.

SixSix Ways to Sunday
Stratosphere Entertainment
Deborah Harry from Blondie plays a lounge singer struggling to make ends meet for herself and her son Harold (newcomer Norman Reedus). This riveting dark story of sexuality, betrayal and self-destruction chronicles Harold's life as he is drawn into the world of organized crime and a love for an untouchable woman. We're guessing his heart of glass (as well as a couple bones) will get broken.

PushingPushing Tin
20th Century Fox
After watching this film about two macho air-traffic controllers, you're gonna pray that John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton are as far away from your airport as possible. They play two controllers involved in a clash of egos, testing each other's wits and will, while trying to direct the 7,000 daily flights in and out of the three New York City airports. The film's director says it's more about people crashes, not plane crashes, but you'll probably want to buckle that safety belt extra tight the next time you take to the air.

Go!Go!Go!
Columbia
Pulp Fiction
meets "Party of Five" in this black comedy starring Katie Holmes (TV's "Dawson's Creek") and Scott Wolf ("Party of Five"). Those of you hoping for a Bailey/Joey rendezvous, don't hold your breath - you might be in for a surprise. Television teenage angst has been thrown to the wayside in this edgy Sundance buzz-maker about the misadventures of a group of young people who collide in LA's underground scene.



Calling all film geeks! If your dreams are full of Academy Award aspirations, and you picture yourself giving your acceptance speech to your loyal fans, you're in luck. That golden Oscar may not be that far away. That's right, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is calling for applications for the 26th Annual Student Academy Awards. So if you think you could be this year's King of the World, go to www.oscars.org/saa, and print out an application. And hurry up – entries are due April 1. No fooling.

By Julie Keller, Assistant Editor

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