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Serious films sweep into theaters; Movies: From Woody Allen to Woody the toy cowboy, the season promises big releases, big directors and big stars; SEASON PREVIEW

Now, it's time for the heavyweights.

Oh sure, 1999 already has seen the return of a galaxy far, far away in "The Phantom Menace," Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman naked in "Eyes Wide Shut," some unlucky film students in "The Blair Witch Project" and films starring everyone from Michelle Pfeiffer to Bruce Willis.

But now things get serious. Over the next four months, all manner of Hollywood royalty will be featured on screen, including Harrison Ford, Meryl Streep, Denzel Washington, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Sean Penn and Winona Ryder. We've got new films from Woody Allen, Roman Polanski, John Frankenheimer, Oliver Stone and Milos...