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ON THE SCREEN

CLERKS- A day in the life of a pair of slackers who work at adjoining shops, one a convenience store and the other a video store. An extremely low-budget, black-and-white effort that won an award at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Reviewed in this section today. R (vulgarity, profanity, violence, drugs). (Exclusive, Trolley Corners.)

COLORADO COWBOY: THE BRUCE FORD STORY - Though the title reflects the rodeo world champion bronc rider who is specifically profiled in this award-winning independent documentary, the film serves as an exploration of what it's like to be a cowboy in the modern world. Reviewed in this section today. Black and white, and color. Not rated, probable PG (rodeo violence, language). (Exclusive, Tower.)EROTIQUE - Three short movies about sex by female filmmakers from various parts of the world - "Let's Talk About Sex," a phone-sex story from American filmmaker Lizzie Borden; "Taboo Parlor," about two bisexual women who pick up a man in a Hamberg sex club, by German filmmaker Monika Treut; and Chinese filmmaker Clara Law's "Wonton Soup, which has a Chinese-Australian man reunited with a long-lost love. Not rated, probable NC-17 (sex, nudity, profanity, vulgarity, violence, drugs). (Exclusive, Tower.)

TRAPPED IN PARADISE - This farce casts Nicolas Cage, Jon Lovitz and Dana Carvey as brothers who rob a small-town bank on Christmas Eve, then, when they can't get out of town, the local residents welcome the trio into their homes - unaware they are the bank robbers. Reviewed in this section today. PG-13 (violence, profanity, vulgarity). (Century, Cottonwood, Midvalley, South Towne, Trolley Corners.)

SNEAK PREVIEW SATURDAY

DISCLOSURE - Michael Crichton's gender-switch sexual harassment novel comes to the big screen with Michael Douglas and Demi Moore in the lead roles and Barry Levinson ("Rain Man") directing. To be reviewed when it opens next week. R (sex, nudity, profanity, vulgarity, violence). (Broadway, Sandy 9.)

SPECIAL PRESENTATION

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW - * * 1/2 - Popular rock opera about transvestites from outer space is ludicrous but surprisingly entertaining much of the way. The real show, however, is in the audience - wear a raincoat or risk a large dry-cleaning bill. R (violence, sex, profanity). (Tower, 11:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday) (July 4, 1980)

CONTINUING FILMS

ANDRE - * * - Set in the early '60s, this cutesy girl-and-her-seal yarn is purportedly a true story about a Maine family that nurses a baby seal to health, teaches it tricks and then finds the darn thing won't go back to live in the sea. A sort of "Free Willy," seal-style. The major assets here are Tina Majorino, a wonderful little actress, and the oldies soundtrack. PG (vulgarity, violence). (Queen, with "Lassie.") (Sept. 7, 1994)

ANGELS IN THE OUTFIELD - * * 1/2 - Fantasy-comedy about an 11-year-old foster boy whose prayers cause angels to begin helping out his favorite baseball team, the California Angels, in the pennant race. Good performances (especially by Danny Glover, Christopher Lloyd, Tony Danza and Brenda Fricker) and some razzle-dazzle special effects help this otherwise tepid, overly sentimental yarn. PG (violence, vulgarity). (Kaysville.) (July 15, 1994)

BULLETS OVER BROADWAY - * * * 1/2 - Hysterical, intelligent Woody Allen vehicle (he wrote and directed but does not appear on screen), a period comedy set in the roaring '20s, about a dedicated playwright (John Cusack) who compromises his ethics to get money from a gangster so he can put on a Broadway production with a big stage star (Dianne Wiest). Great supporting cast (Jennifer Tilly, Rob Reiner, Mary Louise Parker, Jack Warden) but Chazz Palmenteri steals the show as a hit man who has some surprisingly good ideas about improving the play. R (violence, profanity, vulgarity). (Exclusive, Broadway.) (Nov. 4, 1994)

CAMP NOWHERE - * * - This summer camp spoof isn't too bad, as a group of subteens deceive their parents so they can organize their own camp. Naturally, chaotic freedom reigns, complete with the expected mudbaths and food fights, and the only adult in the vicinity is wacky Christopher Lloyd. Predictable and runs out of steam before it's over but kids will enjoy it. PG (vulgarity, profanity, comic violence). (Valley Fair.) (Sept. 7, 1994)

CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER - * * * 1/2 - Harrison Ford is terrific in this sequel to "Patriot Games" (which was a sequel to "The Hunt for Red October"), reprising his role as CIA agent Jack Ryan. This time, he travels to South America to expose a drug cartel that has a link to the U.S. presidency. A bit too "Indiana Jones"-ish toward the end but quite thrilling. PG-13 (violence, profanity). (Family Center, Kaysville, Sandy Starships, Sugarhouse, Valley Fair.) (Aug. 3, 1994)

THE CLIENT - * * 1/2 - A young boy witnesses a suicide by a mob-related lawyer and finds himself in a tug of war between mobsters and the FBI in this adaptation of John Grisham's best-selling novel. Young Brad Renfro, who plays the central character, is just OK, but Susan Sarandon and Tommy Lee Jones are magnificent and make it well worth seeing. PG-13 (violence, profanity, vulgarity, drugs). (Sugarhouse.) (July 20, 1994)

CORRINA, CORRINA - * * * - Whoopi Goldberg is good as an educated woman in the late 1950s who takes a job babysitting a traumatized young girl, but Tina Majorino ("Andre"), as the girl, is a knockout. That story is very good but a tentative interracial romance in the second half is less successful. Uneven but enjoyable. Ray Liotta co-stars. PG (profanity, vulgarity). (Kaysville.) (Sept. 16, 1994)

ED WOOD - * * * 1/2 - Director Tim Burton's eccentric, funny and oddly touching biopic of the "worst filmmaker of all time" ("Plan 9 From Outer Space") has Johnny Depp in the title role, playing Wood as an eternal optimist with a fondness for angora sweaters. Martin Landau steals the show as Bela Lugosi (look for him to get an Oscar nomination) and Bill Murray gets some laughs as an aspiring transsexual. In black and white. R (profanity, vulgarity, drugs, violence). (Family Center, Sugarhouse, Valley Fair.) (Oct. 7, 1994)

FORREST GUMP - * * * 1/2 - Tom Hanks gives a brilliant performance in this technically dazzling, episodic look at three decades in the life of a slow-witted man who inadvertently makes history and subtly affects the lives of those he encounters. An ambitious, sprawling comedy-drama with plenty to say and some huge set pieces, though at its best during quiet, reflective moments. Hanks should have a lock on another Oscar nomination. PG-13 (violence, sex, nudity, profanity, vulgarity, drugs). (Cinemas 5, Murray, Olympus, Sandcastle, Sandy 9.) (July 6, 1994)

IN THE ARMY NOW - * 1/2 - Lethargic, silly, overly familiar military farce that steals liberally from "Stripes," "Spies Like Us" and uncountable other service comedies, with tiresome Pauly Shore ("Son-in-Law") joining the Army Reserves and finding himself called up for a conflict in Chad. PG (violence, sex, profanity, vulgarity). (Kaysville, Sandy Starships, Sugarhouse, Valley Fair.) (Aug. 12, 1994)

INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE: THE VAMPIRE CHRONICLES - * * 1/2 - The long-awaited film adaptation of Anne Rice's popular novel is an uneven, over-the-top mix of comedy, melodrama, flourish and gore, as adapted by Rice herself and directed by Neil Jordan ("The Crying Game"). Brad Pitt is extremely low-key as Louis, a vampire telling his story to a modern-day journalist (Christian Slater). In flashbacks we see he was turned into a creature of the night 200 years earlier by an even darker predator named Lestat (Tom Cruise). Cruise is terrific but when he's off-screen for the final third, the film sags badly. R (violence, gore, nudity). (Broadway, Century, Creekside, Gateway, Midvalley, Reel, Sandy 9.) (Nov. 11, 1994)

IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU - * * * - Funny, warm and surprisingly effective old-fashioned, low-key screwball comedy about a good-natured cop (Nicolas Cage) who tips an unhappy waitress (Bridget Fonda) with the promise of half his lottery ticket - then wins $4 million. The phrase "Capraesque" is overworked, but this one is truly in the spirit of Frank Capra's best work. The hilariously hyper Rosie Perez co-stars. PG (violence, profanity, vulgarity). (Avalon, wth "Only You"; Sugarhouse.) (July 29, 1994)

JUNIOR - * * 1/2 - Amusing one-joke comedy about a stiff-necked scientist (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and his obstetrician partner (Danny DeVito) who decide to test a new fertility drug using Schwarzenegger as a guinea pig. The experiment is only supposed to go through the first trimester, but then Schwarzenegger decides he wants to experience childbirth! Seeing the musclebound hero getting in touch with his feminine side - and, at one point, in drag - is the big joke, though the film gets a lift whenever the hilarious Emma Thompson is on screen. PG-13 (profanity, vulgarity). (Century, Crossroads, Holladay, Midvalley, Reel, South Towne, Trolley North.) (Nov. 23, 1994)

LASSIE - * * - OK kids film, an update of the classic series about a collie who is smarter than his masters - and who proves it by repeatedly rescuing them. This time Lassie befriends an inner-city troubled youth who is transplanted to the country and teaches his family to herd sheep. PG (violence, profanity, vulgarity). (Queen, with "Andre.") (July 22, 1994)

THE LION KING - * * * 1/2 - Disney's 32nd animated feature is loaded with dazzling artistry, with a story loosely based on "Hamlet." A lion prince in Africa inherits the throne only to be deceived and banished by his evil uncle, who then takes over. Top-flight voice talent includes Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones, Matthew Broderick, Whoopi Goldberg and Cheech Marin. G. (Century, Creekside, Gateway, Plaza 5400, Reel, Sandy 9, Trolley Square.) (June 24, 1994)

THE LITTLE RASCALS - * * - Mediocre adaptation of the old shorts, modernized and updated (sort of) as nostalgic kiddie fare. Look-alikes impersonate Spanky, Alfalfa, Darla, Stymie, etc. - and some are better than others. But it's all rather forced and artificial, with a surprising number of recycled gags. Star cameos include Whoopi Goldberg, Mel Brooks, Donald Trump and Daryl Hannah. PG (mild vulgarity, comic violence). (Sugarhouse, Valley Fair.) (Aug. 5, 1994)

LOVE AFFAIR - * * * - Warren Beatty produced, co-wrote and co-stars with real-life wife Annette Bening in this remake of the 1939 comedy-drama about a shipboard romance, which was itself remade as "An Affair to Remember" in 1957. Bening really shines in this faithful update, though the film is not as witty as its past incarnations. Comic relief is supplied by Garry Shandling and there's a wonderful extended cameo by Katharine Hepburn. PG-13 (profanity, vulgarity). (Broadway.) (Oct. 21, 1994)

A LOW DOWN DIRTY SHAME - turkey - Dreadfully unfunny and unexciting "comedy-thriller" written and directed by and starring Keenan Ivory Wayans (TV's "In Living Color") as a private eye who goes up against a drug lord. Wayans wants to be "Shaft" but the movie is a sexist, overly violent mess. R (violence, sex, profanity). (Broadway, Creekside, Sandy 9.) (Nov. 24, 1994)

MARY SHELLEY'S FRANKENSTEIN - * * 1/2 - Kenneth Branagh directed and stars as Dr. Victor Frankenstein in this chaotic but fairly faithful adaptation of the oft-filmed horror yarn but Robert De Niro steals the show as the confused monster. Over the top, with a frenzied, quick-cut style that could have come from Oliver Stone. Wonderful performances but the histrionics get to be a bit much after awhile. Helena Bonham Carter, John Cleese, Tom Hulce. R (violence, gore, nudity, sex, mild profanity). (Sandy 9.) (Nov. 4, 1994)

THE MASK - * * * - The summer's wildest movie has wacky Jim Carrey ("Ace Ventura, Pet Detective") as a mild-mannered bank clerk who dons a mysterious mask and becomes a green-faced superhero, part Tasmanian Devil, part Bugs Bunny. Special-effects-driven comedy boasts hilarious computer animation but Carrey's performance makes it click. His dog Milo is also hysterical. PG-13 (violence, vulgarity, profanity). (Family Center, Kaysville, Sandy Starships, Sugarhouse, Valley Fair.) (July 29, 1994)

MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET - * * - Colorful but bland remake of the 1947 classic, with Richard Attenborough quite good as the man who believes he is Santa Claus and young Mara Wilson ("Mrs. Doubtfire") matching him as the darling girl who doesn't believe. But Elizabeth Perkins, as her cynical mother, is too cold and the film throws out the original's laughs to instead wallow in sentiment. Written and produced by John Hughes (the "Home Alone" pictures). PG (mild vulgarity, mild profanity, violence). (Century, Cottonwood, Gateway, Midvalley, South Towne, Trolley Corners.) (Nov. 18, 1994)

ONLY YOU - * * * - Enchanting romantic comedy from director Norman Jewison, who is obviously trying for another "Moonstruck." This one's not that good but it's a most enjoyable yarn, as Marisa Tomei leaves her fiance at the altar to search for her written-in-the-stars true love in Italy. But is it really Robert Downey Jr.? The stars are very good but Bonnie Hunt, as Tomei's wisecracking sister-in-law, steals the show. PG (violence, profanity, partial nudity). (Avalon, with "It Could Happen to You"; Family Center, Kaysville, Sandy Starships, Sandcastle, Sugarhouse, Valley Fair.) (Oct. 7, 1994)

THE PAGEMASTER - * 1/2 - Enjoyable animation can't make up for the fact that this feature-length cartoon is a pointless, laughless exercise. Macaulay Culkin and Christopher Lloyd star as live-action characters in the wraparound story of a young, timid boy seeking refuge from a storm in a library. Then they provide voices as the cartoon Culkin finds courage in magical books that come to life. "Star Trek" veterans Patrick Stewart, Whoopi Goldberg and Leonard Nimoy also provide verbiage. G. (Century, Holladay, Plaza 5400, Sandy 9, Trolley Square, Trolley North.) (Nov. 24, 1994)

THE PROFESSIONAL - * 1/2 - Stylish but very violent melodrama about a lonely hit man who finds an unlikely friend, a young girl whose family has been killed by a corrupt DEA agent. Despite bursts of violence, rather dull - and training a 12-year-old girl to be a killer is in questionable taste at best. An English-language thriller from French filmmaker Luc Besson ("La Femme Nikita"). R (violence, profanity, sex). (Broadway, Holladay, Plaza 5400, South Towne.) (Nov. 18, 1994)

PULP FICTION - * * * - Quentin Tarantino ("Reservoir Dogs") shows off his remarkable filmmaking skills with this arresting gangster yarn, a three-act melodrama (running 2 hours, 40 minutes) that is laced with dark humor and graphic bloodshed. It also features superb performances from Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, John Travolta, et. al. The big winner at the Cannes Film Festival in May - but be advised that the wall-to-wall foul language and gory violence are jarring. R (violence, gore, sex, nudity, profanity, vulgarity, drugs). (Cinemas 5, Crossroads, Holladay, Sandy 9.) (Oct. 14, 1994)

THE RIVER WILD - * * * 1/2 - This incredible thrill ride gets a major boost from Meryl Streep, playing a former guide who takes her family white water rafting, only to encounter desperate thieves (led by Kevin Bacon) who manipulate her skills to get them down river. Chilling fun, with terrific direction by Curtis Hanson ("The Hand That Rocks the Cradle"). PG-13 (violence, profanity, vulgarity, brief veiled nudity). (Cinemas 5, Olympus, South Towne, Trolley North, Trolley Square.) (Sept. 30, 1994)

THE SANTA CLAUSE - * * 1/2 - Tim Allen is funny in his big-screen debut and the first half of this overblown sitcom is pretty good, as a toy company executive inadvertently finds himself turning into Santa Claus. But halfway through, the movie gets overly sentimental and seems to forget that it's a comedy. PG (mild vulgarity, mild profanity, violence). (Flick, Gateway, Plaza 5400, Reel, South Towne, Villa.) (Nov. 11, 1994)

SQUANTO: A WARRIOR'S TALE - * * - This good-natured Disney family film has its heart in the right place but is nonetheless a disappointment, with muddled plotting and silly "Indiana Jones"-style heroics. The story has an American Indian being captured by English traders who put him on display for public amusement. When he escapes, he is taken in by a group of monks who nurse him to health and help him return home. PG (violence). (Cinemas 5.) (Oct. 28, 1994)

STAR TREK: GENERATIONS - * * 1/2 - Enjoyable passing of the baton from Capt. Kirk to Capt. Picard but if you haven't watched the "Next Generation" TV series, you will likely wonder what's going on. Picard (Patrick Stewart) and crew try to stop mad scientist Malcolm McDowell from destroying a planet and get unexpected help from Kirk (William Shatner). Excellent special effects and Brent Spiner as Data steals the show, but there's nothing here that fans of the TV program haven't seen before. PG (violence, profanity, Klingon cleavage). (Century, Cottonwood, Flick, Gateway, Plaza 5400, Reel, Sandy 9.) (Nov. 18, 1994)

STARGATE - * * 1/2 - This extrapolation of the "Chariots of the Gods?" theory, that ancient civilization was established by space aliens, has mild-mannered Egyptologist James Spader and suicidal military officer Kurt Russell traveling millions of light years to a planet on the other side of the universe, where they encounter slaves and their god, actually a power-mad alien (Jaye Davidson). A sci-fi biblical epic, with flat characterizations and a murky storyline - but fun if you accept it as a big-budget B-movie. PG-13 (violence, profanity). (Century, Cottonwood, Gateway, Midvalley, Sandy 9, Trolley Square.) (Oct. 28, 1994)

THE SWAN PRINCESS - * * * - Delightful first solo cartoon feature from former Disney animation director (and Ogden native) Richard Rich ("The Black Cauldron," "The Fox and the Hound"), a fairy tale about a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer (voiced by Jack Palance). John Cleese, Steven Wright and Sandy Duncan also provide voices, as does local actor James Arrington; Salt Laker Lex de Azevedo wrote the music. Great fun. G. (Holladay, Plaza 5400, South Towne, Trolley North, Trolley Square.) (Nov. 18, 1994)

TERMINAL VELOCITY - * 1/2 - Another bid by Charlie Sheen to achieve action stardom, this time playing an obnxious rebel skydiver who finds himself mixed up with spies and intrigue. Nastassja Kinski is a former KGB agent who dupes him and they exchange idiotic one-liners for the film's duration. Sheen seems to think this is "Hot Shots 3." PG-13 (violence, profanity, vulgarity). (Sugarhouse, Valley Fair.) (Sept. 23, 1994)

TIMECOP - * * 1/2 - Jean-Claude Van Damme exhibits some genuine charisma in this high-tech sci-fi thriller with some terrific effects and well-choreographed fight scenes. Van Damme is a cop in the future, where the government has time-traveling cops chasing criminals who try to profit from historical knowledge. Over-the-top violence, plot loopholes and exploitative sex mar the proceedings. R (violence, sex, nudity, profanity, vulgarity). (Sugarhouse, Valley Fair.) (Sept. 16, 1994)

TRUE LIES - * * * 1/2 - Overblown and somewhat coarse (and even a little mean-spirited), this James Cameron film is nonetheless frequently hilarious and loaded with stunts that will knock your socks off. Arnold Schwarzenegger does James Bond crossed with Clark Kent, as a high-tech spy who has domestic problems and inadvertently involves his wife (Jamie Lee Curtis) in his latest mission. A wild ride all the way. R (violence, profanity). (Sugarhouse.) (July 15, 1994)

THE WAR - * 1/2 - Sloppy, sentimental yarn with Kevin Costner as a stereotypical burned-out Vietnam vet in 1970 Mississippi, whose kids (Elijah Wood, Lexi Randall) are building a tree fort in an 800-year-old oak. The focus is on the youngsters, as they try to defend their "home" from local bullies, a metaphor for society's violence. This picture has its heart in the right place but it's way too preachy and gets quite violent toward the end. PG-13 (violence, profanity) (Cinemas 5, Holladay, Sandy 9, Trolley Square.) (Nov. 4, 1994)