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THE 'BURBS - Householders snoop into the lives of their creepy new neighbors. Joe Dante directed this comic view of fear and loathing in suburbia, which has a few imaginative moments amid its general silliness. (Rated PG) FLETCH LIVES - The original ``Fletch'' somehow took on minor-cult-film status, and the sequel may do the same. Chevy Chase returns as a reporter with a yen for disguises and silly names. Credit also goes to director Michael Ritchie, who indulges his talent for satire with cutting portraits of a TV preacher, vigorously played by R. Lee Ermey, and the idiotic members of a Ku Klux Klan faction. (Rated PG) JACKNIFE - A feisty Vietnam veteran has a romance with his buddy's sister, leading to three-way emotional complications. Robert De Niro, Kathy Baker, and Ed Harris all give finely tuned performances, and David Jones proves that he's still a top-level director of human-scaled drama. (Rated R) MURMER OF THE HEART - Louis Malle's dramatic comedy, first released in 1971, details a boy's sexual coming-of-age, which culminates in an incestuous incident. The atmosphere is as fresh and breezy as the performances, but the psychology of the film is awfully simplistic. (Rated R) SKIN DEEP - Moody comedy about a man who can't find a meaningful ``relationship'' with a woman on his own wavelength. Blake Edwards, the director, comes up with some stylish touches. But it's hard to tell whether he's criticizing or simply wallowing in the superficial milieu he so vividly depicts. (Rated R)

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