September 06, 1999 12:00 PM

>BOWFINGER For an end of summer pick-me-up, there’s no beating Steve Martin’s clever, sprightly satire about moviemaking. Eddie Murphy, playing dual roles as both a Hollywood action star and his klutzy double, nearly steals the picture. (PG-13)

THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR Rene Russo’s gutsy performance and a dazzling final heist scene are reason enough to catch this glossy romantic thriller. She plays an insurance investigator, and Pierce Brosnan is the art thief she’s investigating. (R)

THE BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB A documentary from director Wim Wenders, this musically joyous film chronicles an aging, long-forgotten group of Havana musicians, who offer energetic, melodious proof of the value of living la vida loca. (No rating)

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