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HOLLYWOOD IS BETTING BILLIONS ON THIS SUMMER'S MOVIES, BUT PICKING THE WINNERS ISN'T SO HARD. JUST TAKE A LOOK AT THE TRAILERS

The summer movie season doesn't begin in America until this weekend, when the thriller Crimson Tide invades more than 2,000 theaters. But any savvy moviegoer already knows enough to make some confident predictions about Hollywood's hot-weather product.

Biggest Hit: Batman Forever. It's got Jim Carrey as the Riddler (enough said). Plus sex, laughs, swank, acres of heavy leather-and a great logo.

Highest Death Toll: Die Hard with a Vengeance. Evil genius Jeremy Irons wants to kill all of New York City; tough cop Bruce Willis wants to wear a T shirt and get sooty. Subways, trucks, actors' mannerisms-all get blown skyline-high.

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