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THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT - Three Australian nightclub performers - a pair of transvestites and a transsexual who lip-sync '70s disco music - travel in a pink bus through the outback, shaking up the macho saloons along the way. A comedy in the "La Cage aux Folles" vein. Reviewed in this section today. R (profanity, vulgarity, partial nudity, violence, drugs). (Exclusive, Broadway.)

CORRINA, CORRINA - Whoopi Goldberg stars in this comedy-drama set in the '50s, as an educated woman who becomes a domestic to make ends meet and takes a job babysitting a traumatized young girl (Tina Majorino, the young star of "Andre") whose mother has died. Ray Liotta plays the girl's father. Reviewed in this section today. PG (profanity, vulgarity). (Century, Crossroads, Midvalley, Sandy 9, Trolley North.)

PRINCESS CARABOO - Phoebe Cates is the title character in what appears to be a variation on "Anastasia," as a young woman in 1817 England who speaks an unknown language and becomes accepted as an East Indian princess until a skeptical reporter (Stephen Rea) starts asking questions. Cates' real-life husband Kevin Kline co-stars as the Greek butler in the wealthy home that takes her in. Reviewed in this section today. PG (vulgarity, violence). (Century, Holladay, Sandy 9, Trolley Square.)

TIMECOP - Jean-Claude Van Damme's latest is this sci-fi thriller in which he plays a cop in the future, where time-travel is a reality, and the government has intervened to keep people from traveling into the past to profit from historical knowledge. Reviewed in this section today. R (violence, sex, nudity, profanity, vulgarity). (Century, Holladay, Midvalley; Redwood, with "The Shadow"; Reel, South Towne, Trolley Corners, Trolley North.)


ETERNALLY YOURS - * * 1/2 - Loretta Young and David Niven star in this zany, romantic farce about a magician who neglects his wife. Great support from Eve Arden, ZaSu Pitts, Billie Burke and C. Aubrey Smith. Made before ratings (1939), probable G. (Avalon, with "My Man Godfrey.")

HEAVY METAL - * 1/2 - An animated "Twilight Zone"-style anthology, tying together several horror/science-fiction/sword-and-sorcery yarns, all of them derivative and none particularly successful. This one does have quite a cult following, however. R (sex, nudity, profanity, violence). (Tower.) (Aug. 7, 1981)

MY MAN GODFREY - * * * * - Hysterical, screwball farce about a tramp (or is he?) who is hired as a butler to a wealthy but eccentric family. William Powell and Carole Lombard are a great team, with fine support form Gail Patrick, Eugene Pallette, Mischa Auer and Franklin Pangborn. Made before ratings (1936), probable G. (Avalon, with "Eternally Yours.") 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 "Dog Day Afternoon," "The King of Comedy," "The Blues Brothers" and "This Is Spinal Tap!" PG-13 (violence, sex, profanity, vulgarity). (Sugarhouse, Valley Fair.) (Aug. 5, 1994) 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). (Murray, with "The Little Rascals.") (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). (Cinemas 5; Olympus Starships, with "The Little Rascals"; Redwood, with "The Lion King"; South Towne.) (July 15, 1994) BARCELONA - * * * - Talky but droll and frequently very funny romantic comedy from independent filmmaker Whit Stillman, who earns his title as moviedom's WASP Woody Allen. Two uptight yuppie cousins in Spain during the early '80s battle anti-American sentiment as they pick up local girls. A witty and bright follow-up to Stillman's Sundance Film Festival hit "Metropolitan." PG-13 (sex, profanity, vulgarity). (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre.) BABY'S DAY OUT - * 1/2 - John Hughes (the "Home Alone" pictures, "Dennis the Menace") concocted this comedy about a baby 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). (Kaysville, Sugarhouse, Valley Fair.) (July 1, 1994) BEVERLY HILLS COP III - * * 1/2 - Funny but overly violent and profane Eddie Murphy comedy, with Detroit cop Axel Foley seeking revenge on a killer in a Southern California amusement park, clearly modeled after Disneyland. The gags about the park are hilarious and Eddie Murphy is back in peak form, but the story is ridiculous and the stunts borrow too much from Indiana Jones and James Bond. R (violence, gore, profanity, vulgarity, partial nudity). (Sugarhouse, Valley Fair.) (May 20, 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 as he is passed from owner to owner that his lot in life is entirely dependent on humans. Beautifully realized by screenwriter Caroline Thompson (last year's "The Secret Garden"), who also makes a most satisfying directing debut. G. (Sandcastle; Sandy Starships, with "The Flintstones"; Sugarhouse, Valley Fair.) (July 29, 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). (Queen, with "In the Army Now.") (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). (Century, Cottonwood, Gateway, Plaza 5400; Redwood, with "Forrest Gump"; 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, is just OK, but Susan Sarandon and Tommy Lee Jones are magnificent and make it well worth seeing. PG-13 (violence, profanity, vulgarity, drugs). (Broadway, Creekside, Gateway, Midvalley, South Towne; Valley Vu with "In the Army Now.") (July 20, 1994) THE COLOR OF NIGHT - turkey - Dreadful Bruce Willis thriller, in which he plays a psychiatrist who takes over the world's weirdest therapy group, one of whom may be a killer. He also has a hot-and-heavy affair with mysterious Jane March while trying to work with over-the-top cop Ruben Blades. Initially rated NC-17 for sex before being toned down to receive an R. R (violence, sex, nudity, profanity, vulgarity). (Redwood, with "True Lies"; South Towne.) (Sept. 8, 1994) EAT DRINK MAN WOMAN - * * * - Sweet slice-of-life comedy-drama about a widowed chef and his three disparate daughters who live at home because they think their father can't get along without them. Director Ang Lee (the Oscar-nominated "The Wedding Banquet") brings the various storylines together beautifully, and the performances are superb in this witty and warm film. In Chinese, with English subtitles. Not rated, probable PG-13 (sex, profanity). (Exclusive, Broadway.) (Aug. 19, 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 - and 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). (Kaysville; Sandy Starships, with "Black Beauty"; Sugarhouse, 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. 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). (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). (Sugarhouse.) (April 8, 1994) A GOOD MAN IN AFRICA - * * - Disappointing film from director Bruce Beresford ("Driving Miss Daisy," "Tender Mercies") about a sniveling English diplomat (Colin Friels) in Africa and the incorruptible Scottish physician (Sean Connery) who reluctantly becomes his conscience. Uneven film can't decide whether to be melodrama, broad comedy or satire. Connery is terrific, however. R (violence, sex, nudity, profanity, vulgarity). (Broadway, Century, Holladay, South Towne.) (Sept. 9, 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. This comedy-thriller starts off well, giving Roberts a terrific opportunity to show off her comic skills, then falls apart as it veers into "Lethal Weapon" territory. PG (violence, profanity, vulgarity). (Family Center, Kaysville, Sandcastle, Sandy Starships, Sugarhouse, Valley Fair.) (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 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). (Cinemas 5, Flick; Queen, with "Camp Nowhere"; South Towne; Valley Vu, with "The Client.") (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, Creekside, Plaza 5400, South Towne, Trolley North.) (July 29, 1994) JURASSIC PARK - * * * 1/2 - Eye-popping special effects and Steven Spielberg's skills as a horror director ("Jaws") combine for a thrill-a-minute roller-coaster ride. Adapting Michael Crichton's best seller about genetically engineered dinosaurs running amok on an island theme park, the film is a bit short on character development - but if you'll settle for action, this one certainly delivers the goods. PG-13 (violence, profanity, vulgarity). (Cinemas 5, Olympus Starships, South Towne.) (June 11, 1993) 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. Story, characters and songs not quite up to "Beauty and the Beast" or "Aladdin," but it's still wonderful fun. G. (Gateway, Plaza 5400; Redwood, with "Angels in the Outfield"; Reel, Sandy 9, Trolley Square, Villa.) (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). (Cinemas 5; Murray, with "Andre"; Olympus Starships, with "Angels in the Outfield"; Redwood, with "The Mask"; South Towne.) (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, 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). (Cinemas 5, Cottonwood, Crossroads, Gateway; Redwood, with "The Little Rascals"; Reel, 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, Sandy Starships, Sugarhouse, Valley Fair.) (May 20, 1994) MILK MONEY - turkey - This dreadful, wrong-headed, coming-of-age comedy is a real mess, with a trio of preteen boys pooling their savings and heading for the big city to see a naked woman. They are picked up by a hooker-with-a-heart-of-gold (Melanie Griffith) who moves into a treehouse while one of the boys tries to fix her up with his widowed father (Ed Harris). Ridiculous, tasteless, offensive and unfunny. PG-13 (sex, profanity, vulgarity). (Century, Creekside, Gateway, Plaza 5400, Reel, Sandy 9.) (Sept. 7, 1994) NATURAL BORN KILLERS - * 1/2 - Forget all the shouting that this is some kind of masterpiece - it's the ultimate in-your-face, style-over-substance movie, as Oliver Stone leaves Vietnam and JFK behind to go after the media and celebrity criminals. Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis are killers on the run, surrounded by victims and authority figures who are even more corrupt than they are. But all the snazzy camera work and overlapping film techniques can't hide the superficiality. R (violence, gore, sex, nudity, profanity, vulgarity). (Century, Crossroads, Holladay, Midvalley; Redwood, with "On Deadly Ground"; Sandy 9.) (Sept. 8, 1994) THE NEXT KARATE KID - * 1/2 - Silly third sequel in the series offers a gender twist, with Hilary Swank as the new title character. There are also some truly ludicrous subplots - monks who leave the monestary to do some zen bowling and a group of high school students trained as a Nazi-style cadre. Pat Morita, back as Miyagi, is the film's best element. PG (violence, profanity). (Century, Holladay, Plaza 5400, Sandy 9, Trolley North, Trolley Square.) (Sept. 11, 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). (Family Center, Kaysville, Sugarhouse, Valley Fair.) (July 22, 1994)

ON DEADLY GROUND - turkey - Atrocious big-budget directing debut by Steven Seagal casts him as an environmentally correct oil rigger out to stop corrupt oil tycoon Michael Caine from despoiling Alaska . . . though Seagal destroys a lot of the tundra with explosive devices along the way. Idiotic and unintentionally funny. R (violence, gore, profanity, vulgarity, nudity). (Redwood, with "Natural Born Killers.") (Feb. 20, 1994)

SEX AND ZEN - A comedy based on a 400-year-old erotic novel, "The Carnal Prayer Mat," about a married man who has affairs with other men's wives. Not rated, probable NC-17 (sex, nudity, profanity, vulgarity, violence). (Exclusive, Tower.)

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). (Redwood, with "Timecop"; Sugarhouse.) (July 1, 1994)

SPANKING THE MONKEY - * 1/2 - Weak "comedy" about a medical student who is forced to care for his bedridden mother one summer, which leads to an incestuous encounter. Pointless, witless independent film that inexplicably won the Audience Award at this year's Sundance Film Festival. Not rated, probable R (sex, nudity, profanity, vulgarity, drugs, violence). (Exclusive, Tower.) (Sept. 9, 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. R (violence, gore, profanity, vulgarity). (Family Center, Kaysville, Sandy Starships, Sugarhouse, Valley Fair.) (June 10, 1994)

TRIAL BY JURY - * * - Implausible courtroom thriller stars Joanne Whalley-Kilmer as a divorced mother serving jury duty who is terrorized by the mob boss (Armand Assante) on trial. A few interesting moments and a terrific cast (William Hurt, Kathleen Quinlan, Joe Santos, etc.) but largely disappointing. R (violence, gore, profanity, drugs, partial nudity). (Century, Cottonwood, Gateway, Midvalley, Sandy 9, Trolley Corners.) (Sept. 11, 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). (Holladay, Midvalley; Redwood, with "Color of Night"; South Towne, Trolley Corners.) (July 15, 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)

WOLF - * * * - Intelligent, lushly romantic psychological thriller with werewolf trappings is great until it finally caves in to 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, etc. R (violence, profanity, vulgarity, sex). (Sugarhouse, Valley Fair.) (June 17, 1994)

WYATT EARP - * * - Ambitious but deadly dull epic biography of the famed Old West marshal/outlaw takes him from his youth through his old age. Kevin Costner is stoic and stiff as Earp, with Dennis Quaid stealing his scenes as sickly Doc Holliday. The supporting cast has a lot of familiar faces but is woefully underdeveloped. PG-13 (violence, profanity, vulgarity, sex, partial nudity). (Sandcastle.) (June 24, 1994)