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BARCELONA - Independent filmmaker Whit Stillman follows up his Sundance Film Festival hit, "Metropolitan," with another talky but funny view of yuppie angst. Films like this have rightly earned Stillman the title of moviedom's WASP Woody Allen. PG-13 (sex, profanity, vulgarity). (Exclusively at the Broadway.)

BLANKMAN - Damon Wayans ("The Last Boy Scout," TV's "In Living Color") wrote, co-produced and stars in this superhero farce about a mild-mannered eccentric inventor who uses homemade gizmos to fight crime in his neighborhood. David Alan Grier and Robin Givens co-star. PG-13 (violence, profanity, vulgarity, sex). (Century 9, Holladay, Midvalley, South Towne, Trolley North, Trolley Square.)THE COLOR OF NIGHT - Bruce Willis is a psychiatrist who becomes romantically involved with a patient (Jane March), while worrying about the murderous tendencies of another. Ruben Blades and Lesley Ann Warren co-star. Initially rated NC-17 for sex before being toned down to receive an R (violence, sex, nudity, profanity, vulgarity). (Creekside, Gateway, Plaza 5400; Redwood, with "I Love Trouble"; South Towne, Trolley Corners.)

EAT DRINK MAN WOMAN - The latest from director Ang Lee (the Oscar-nominated "The Wedding Banquet") is a comedy-drama about a widowed chef and his three grown daughters who live at home, a disparate trio of young women who are having difficulty finding their places in the world. Reviewed in this section today. In Chinese, with English subtitles. Not rated, probable PG-13 (sex, profanity). (Exclusive, Broadway.)

WHITE - A follow-up to "Blue" (which played earlier this year) by Polish writer-director Krzystof Kieslowski, this time with a more bittersweet comic bent as a hapless Polish hairdresser is divorced in Paris by his French wife and goes on a journey that leads to a surprising revenge. Reviewed in this section today. In French and Polish, with English subtitles. R (violence, sex, profanity). (Exclusive, Tower.) CONTINUING FILMS AIRHEADS - * 1/2 - Despite an appealing cast, this dumb comedy about three idiot musicians taking a radio station hostage wears out its welcome during the first third, then spirals downhill rather quickly. There are some funny gags, but you can see every one of them in the theatrical preview. Plot ideas come from such other movies as "Dog Day Afternoon," "The King of Comedy" and "This Is Spinal Tap!" And the ending is right out of "The Blues Brothers." PG-13 (violence, sex, profanity, vulgarity). (Sandy 9.) (Aug. 5, 1994) ANDRE - This true story, set in 1962, tells of a Maine family that nursed a baby seal to health, taught it tricks and then sent it to the Boston Aquarium in preparation for being set free. But the seal escaped, swam to Maine and returned to his "family." A sort of "Free Willy," seal-style. Keith Carradine stars. PG (violence, profanity, vulgarity). (Century, Cottonwood, Gateway, Plaza 5400, Sandy 9.) 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). (Cinemas 5; Murray & Olympus, with "I Love Trouble"; Sandy Starships, with "In the Army Now"; South Towne.) (July 15, 1994) BABY'S DAY OUT - * 1/2 - John Hughes (the "Home Alone" pictures, "Dennis the Menace") concocted this comedy about a baby who finds himself in perilous, cartoon-style situations as he crawls through Chicago's streets . . . pursued by dumb crooks, of course. Dumb, violent slapstick comedy that may please very young children. PG (violence, profanity, vulgarity). (Sugar House, Valley Fair.) (July 1, 1994) BARAKA - * * * 1/2 - Knockout cousin to "Koyaanisqatsi" (on which director Ron Fricke was cinematographer), a series of images - including a number of religious rituals - superbly shot in 24 countries. No narration, no story - just a mesmerizing world tour with a message about our relationship to the Earth. Not rated, probable PG (disturbing imagery, nudity). (Tower.) (Feb. 4, 1994) BLACK BEAUTY - * * * - This lovely new film is by far the best screen adaptation yet of the classic story of a horse born in late 19th century England, finding his lot in life is entirely dependent on humans as he is passed from owner to owner. Beautifully realized by screen writer Caroline Thompson (last year's "The Secret Garden"), who also makes a most satisfying directing debut. G. (Cinemas 5; Olympus Starships, with "The Shadow"; Trolley Square.) (July 29, 1994) BLOWN AWAY - * * - A mad-bomber thriller that is quirkier than "Speed" (which it resembles) but is also rather pretentious. Directorial technique (slow motion, red herrings) just gets in the way of the story, which has Tommy Lee Jones escaping from an Irish prison, heading for Boston and encountering an old nemesis (Jeff Bridges), who is now working for the police bomb squad. But aside from a few explosions, only Jones' wildly comic caricature is memorable. R (violence, gore, profanity, vulgarity). (Sugar House, Valley Fair.) (July 1, 1994) CITY SLICKERS II: THE LEGEND OF CURLY'S GOLD - * * 1/2 - Flabby sequel to Billy Crystal's biggest hit is too long and underdeveloped, though fans will find enough laughs for a pleasant diversion. The plot has Crystal, Daniel Stern and Jon Lovitz (as Crystal's brother) heading out to find a lost gold mine in the desert, where they run into Jack Palance (playing the twin brother of his Oscar-winning character from the first film). Filmed largely in Moab. PG-13 (violence, profanity, vulgarity, sex). (Family Center, Kaysville; Sandy Starships, with "Getting Even With Dad"; Sugar House, Valley Fair.) (June 10, 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 and well-directed (by Philip Noyce, of "Patriot Games"). PG-13 (violence, profanity). (Century, Cottonwood, Gateway, Plaza 5400; Redwood, with "Forrest Gump"; Reel, Sandy 9.) (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, isn't much of an actor, but Susan Sarandon and Tommy Lee Jones are magnificent and make it well worth seeing. PG-13 (violence, profanity, vulgarity, drugs). (Broadway, Century, Creekside, Gateway, Midvalley; Redwood, with "It Could Happen to You"; South Towne.) (July 20, 1994) THE CROW - * * - Brandon Lee was accidentally shot to death during the filming of this comic book movie, which gives an extra, if eerie layer of texture to this fantasy-thriller about a murder victim who rises from the dead to take revenge on his killers. Interesting visually but unsatisfying in terms of story. R (violence, gore, profanity, vulgarity, sex, nudity). (Valley Fair.) (May 13, 1994) THE FLINTSTONES - * * - A great cast and terrific sets and special effects make for the most literal adaptation of a cartoon since "Popeye," with John Goodman as Fred, Elizabeth Perkins as Wilma, Rick Moranis as Barney and Rosie O'Donnell as Betty - with Elizabeth Taylor as Fred's mother-in-law. But it's basically a one-joke movie and wears out its welcome by the halfway mark. PG (vulgarity, one profanity). (Family Center, Kaysville; Redwood, with "The Lion King"; Sandcastle, Sandy Starships, Sugar House, Valley Fair.) (May 27, 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. Directed by Robert Zemeckis ("Who Framed Roger Rabbit," the "Back to the Future" films), this is an ambitious, sprawling comedy-drama with plenty to say and boasts some huge set-pieces, but is at its best during quiet, reflective moments. Hanks should have a lock on another Oscar nomination. PG-13 (violence, sex, nudity, profanity, vulgarity, drugs). (Century, Cottonwood, Flick, Gateway, Plaza 5400; Redwood, with "Clear and Present Danger"; Reel, Sandy 9.) (July 6, 1994) FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL - * * * - Delightful, frequently hilarious, English romantic comedy, a genuine throwback to screwball farces of old (despite too much R-rated language), with charming, womanizing Hugh Grant falling for American Andie MacDowell as they bump into each other at the title affairs. Rowan Atkinson (TV's "Mr. Bean" and "The Black Adder") has a hysterical supporting role as a novice priest. R (profanity, sex, vulgarity). (Sugar House.) (April 8, 1994) FRITZ THE CAT - Ralph Bakshi's notorious 1972 X-rated animated feature, based loosely on Robert Crumb's underground comic book character, which is about as far removed from Disney as possible. Episodic plot follows the '60s "mind-expanding" exploits of a college age cat in New York. X (violence, sex, nudity, profanity, vulgarity, drugs). (Tower.) GETTING EVEN WITH DAD - * 1/2 - Stupid comedy with Ted Danson as a neglectful ex-con father who is saddled with his young son (Macaulay Culkin) just when he's about to steal a batch of rare coins. Soon, the boy has the coins and is blackmailing Dad to spend more time with him. Fair idea - executed poorly - with flat gags and obnoxious characters. PG (violence, profanity). (Sandy Starships, with "City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold"; Valley Fair.) (June 17, 1994) I LOVE TROUBLE - * * 1/2 - Two sparring reporters (Julia Roberts, Nick Nolte) from competing Chicago newspapers investigate the same story, becoming targets of gun-toting bad guys. A comedy-thriller that starts off well, giving Roberts a terrific opportunity to show off her comic skills but which falls apart when it veers into "Lethal Weapon" territory. PG (violence, profanity, vulgarity). (Cinemas 5; Murray and Olympus Starships, with "Angels in the Outfield"; Redwood, with "Color of Night"; Trolley Square.) (June 29, 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 ("Son-in-Law," "Encino Man") joining the Army Reserves and finding himself called up for a conflict in Chad. PG (violence, sex, profanity, vulgarity). (Century, Creekside, Flick, Plaza 5400, Queen, Reel; Sandy Starships, with "Angels in the Outfield"; South Towne.) (Aug. 12, 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). (Broadway, Century, Holladay, Midvalley; Redwood, with "The Client"; South Towne.) (July 29, 1994) LIGHTNING JACK - * * - Disappointing Paul Hogan vehicle - he stars in, wrote and co-produced this cowpoke comedy, best described as " `Crocodile' Dundee Goes West." Hogan is a bungling outlaw with a fast gun, and his laconic screen persona still works. Cuba Gooding Jr., as his mute sidekick, is even better, often stealing the show. But the film is too lethargic and settles for recycled gags. PG-13 (violence, profanity, vulgarity, sex, nude paintings). (Avalon.) (March 11, 1994) THE LION KING - * * * 1/2 - Disney's 32nd animated feature is loaded with dazzling artistry as it relates a story loosely based on "Hamlet," with a lion prince in Africa inheriting the throne only to be deceived and banished by his evil uncle, who then takes over the kingdom. Top-flight voice talent includes Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones, Matthew Broderick, Moira Kelly, Robert Guillaume, Rowan Atkinson, Madge Sinclair, Whoopi Goldberg, Cheech Marin. Story, characters and songs not quite up to "Beauty and the Beast" or "Aladdin," but it's still wonderful fun. G. (Crossroads, Gateway, Plaza 5400; Redwood, with "The Flintstones"; Reel, Sandy 9, Villa.) (June 24, 1994) LITTLE BIG LEAGUE - * * - Fair comedy-drama about a 12-year-old baseball fan who inherits the Minnesota Twins from his late grandfather and decides to manage the team himself. Some amusing material in the first third gives way to sentiment and predictability. PG (profanity, vulgarity). (Kaysville.) (June 29, 1994) THE LITTLE RASCALS - * * - So-so feature-length adaptation of the 60-year-old short films by Hal Roach, modernized and updated (sort of) by Penelope Spheeris ("The Beverly Hillbillies"). Is this nostalgia or kiddie fare? It's hard to tell. 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, Daryl Hannah, etc. PG (mild vulgarity, comic violence). (Century, Holladay, Midvalley; Redwood, with "The Mask"; Reel, South Towne, Trolley North, Trolley Square.) (Aug. 5, 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 who is part Tasmanian Devil, part Bugs Bunny. Special-effects-driven comedy has some hilarious computer animation, but Carrey's performance is what makes it click. His dog Milo is also hysterical. PG-13 (violence, vulgarity, profanity). (Century, Cottonwood, Crossroads, Midvalley; Redwood, with "The Little Rascals"; South Towne, Trolley North.) (July 29, 1994) MAVERICK - * * * - Loud, bombastic but highly entertaining adaptation of the beloved '50s TV series, with Mel Gibson in the title role as the Old West rambling gambler and Jodie Foster as a con artist with whom he locks horns. The original TV Maverick, James Garner, is along as well, playing a U.S. marshal. Overblown but funny and gorgeously photographed (by Vilmos Zsigmond), especially the Lake Powell scenes. PG (violence, profanity, sex). (Family Center, Kaysville, Sandcastle, Sandy Starships, Sugar House, Valley Fair.) (May 20, 1994) NORTH - * * 1/2 - Goofy, skit comedy runs out of steam and turns dark after a hilarious first half, telling the story of the title character (Elijah Wood), a model child, abandoning his self-absorbed yuppie parents and becoming a free agent to travel the world in search of more worthy folks. Guest stars include Bruce Willis, Dan Aykroyd, Reba McEntire, Kathy Bates and Graham Greene. PG (violence, profanity, vulgarity). (Cinemas 5, with "The Shadow.") (July 22, 1994) THE SHADOW - * * 1/2 - Entertaining but overly violent and underdeveloped fantasy-thriller, owing more to "Batman" and "Darkman" than its radio/pulp novel origins. The plot has the eerie crimefighter battling an evil descendant of Genghis Khan (John Lone). Good support from Penelope Ann Miller, Jonathan Winters, Peter Boyle and Ian McKellen, but Tim Curry steals the show as an unctuous, giggling bad guy. PG-13 (violence, profanity). (Cinemas 5, with "North"; Family Center; Olympus Starships, with "Black Beauty"; Sugar House, Valley Fair.) (July 1, 1994) SPEED - * * * - Brainless but thrilling, this is indeed "Die Hard" on a bus . . . and on a high-rise elevator . . . and on a speeding underground train. Keanu Reeves is a Los Angeles SWAT cop out to save the passengers of these various modes of transportation after mad bomber Dennis Hopper rigs them with deadly explosives. A terrific directing debut by cinematographer Jan De Bont ("Die Hard," "The Hunt for Red October"). R (violence, gore, profanity, vulgarity). (Broadway, Cinemas 5, Holladay; Redwood, with "True Lies"; Sandy 9.) (June 10, 1994) SPIKE AND MIKE'S FESTIVAL OF ANIMATION - * * * - A new collection of international short cartoons, including work created by computer animation, pencil drawings, oil paintings, etc. Hit and miss, but includes a fabulous 28-minute clay-animated piece by Nick Park ("Creature Comforts") called "The Wrong Trousers," which is worth the price of admission all by itself. Not rated, probable PG-13 (violence, nudity, profanity). (Exclusive, Tower.) (Aug. 12, 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. Tom Arnold, Bill Paxton, Tia Carrere and Charlton Heston co-star. R (violence, profanity). (Holladay, Midvalley; Redwood, with "Speed"; South Towne, Trolley Corners.) (July 15, 1994.)

WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN - * * * - Despite the expected cliches that are impossible to avoid in one more movie about alcoholism, Meg Ryan's astonishing performance is well worth the ticket price. Andy Garcia is also excellent as her husband, who helps her come out of her alcoholic stupor but then doesn't know how to be supportive during her rehabilitation. Unique and ambitious in its efforts to show how alcoholism affects other family members. R (profanity, vulgarity, sex, violence). (Kaysville, Sugar House.) (May 13, 1994)

WIDOW'S PEAK - * * * - Enjoyable combination of Agatha Christie and Merchant-Ivory set in a small Irish village during the 1920s. Joan Plowright is the town's dominant force, and it is her curiosity about a young widow (Natasha Richardson) that sets things in motion. Mia Farrow plays a quiet spinster who becomes uncharacteristically antagonistic toward Richardson. Great fun. PG (violence, profanity, vulgarity). (Trolley Square.) (June 10, 1994)

WITH HONORS - * * 1/2 - A homeless man (Joe Pesci) links up with a Harvard senior (Brendan Fraser), teaching him - and his roommates (Moira Kelly, Patrick Dempsey, Josh Hamilton) - the value of street smarts over academics. Predictable but enjoyable until it bogs down in sentiment toward the end. PG-13 (profanity, vulgarity, veiled nudity, violence). (Sugar House.) (April 29, 1994)

WOLF - * * * - Intelligent, lushly romantic psychological thriller with werewolf trappings is great until it finally caves into the genre conventions. Still, Jack Nicholson is so good as a Manhattan book editor bitten by a werewolf and watching himself gradually change, that even the ending is palatable. Great support from Michelle Pfeiffer, James Spader, Kate Nelligan and Christopher Plummer. R (violence, profanity, vulgarity, sex). (Family Center, Sandy Starships, Sugar

House, Valley Fair.) (June 17, 1994)