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CRIMSON TIDE - Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman go head to head in this submarine techno-thriller. Hackman is the captain and Washington is his second in command when they receive orders to launch nuclear missiles on Russia. But a second message is garbled. Was it an order to halt the action? Washington wants to wait, but Hackman insists on launching - so Washington relieves him of command. Reviewed in this section today. R (profanity, vulgarity, violence). (Broadway, Gateway, Plaza 5400; Redwood, with "Terminal Velocity"; Reel, Sandy 9, Villa.)THE ENGLISHMAN WHO WENT UP A HILL BUT CAME DOWN A MOUNTAIN - A comedy of the old school - the kind that Peter Sellers or Alec Guinness would have starred in four decades ago - as a pair of cartographers measure a mountain near a small Welsh town and find that it's really a hill. So, the townfolk try to build it up to mountain-size. Hugh Grant and Colm Meaney star. Reviewed in this section today. PG (adult themes). (Cottonwood, Midvalley, Reel, South Towne, Trolley North, Trolley Square.)

GORDY - This live-action family film is about the title character, a talking piglet, who tries to find his family after they've been spirited off to a sausage factory. Reviewed in this section today. G. (Holladay, Plaza 5400, Sandy 9, Trolley Square.)

THE PEREZ FAMILY - A cast of famous faces - Anjelica Huston, Marisa Tomei, Alfred Molina, Chazz Palminteri, Trini Alvarado - headlines this comedy-drama about Cuban refugees in Miami desperately trying to qualify for American sponsorship. Reviewed in this section today. R (violence, sex, nudity, profanity). (Century, Creekside, Midvalley, South Towne, Trolley Square.)

SPECIAL ENGAGEMENT

THE SOUND OF MUSIC - * * * 1/2 - OK, it's sappy, it's soapy and it's syrupy - no argument. But this big-screen version of the hit Rodgers and Hammerstein play is also one of the most popular films of all time, and if you are going to see it again, this is the way to see it - in all its wide-screen, 35mm epic glory, with Julie Andrews, the Austrian Alps and that great Rodgers and Hammerstein score making it irresistible. G. (Murray, all seats $1.)

MIDNIGHT MOVIE

RUBIN AND ED - * * - Utah filmmaker Trent Harris wrote and directed this eccentric comedy about two dimwits (Crispin Glover, Howard Hesseman) lost in the desert with a frozen, rapidly thawing dead cat. Some funny moments, but very eccentric. Filmed in Salt Lake City and Hanksville. PG-13 (mild violence, profanity). (Friday and Saturday, midnight, Tower.) (May 22, 1992)

CONTINUING FILMS

BAD BOYS - * 1/2 - Loud, abrasive and very violent thriller in the "Lethal Weapon"-"Die Hard" mold - though not nearly as clever as either - teams up TV sitcom stars Will Smith ("The Fresh Prince of Bel Air") and Martin Lawrence ("Martin") as maverick Miami vice cops going after high-rolling drug dealers. Stupid plot has them switching identities for most of the movie, and while Smith has some charm, Lawrence tries to get by with shtick. R (violence, profanity, vulgarity). (Century, Holladay, Plaza 5400; Redwood, with "Jury Duty"; South Towne, Trolley Square.) (April 18, 1995)

THE BASKETBALL DIARIES - * * - Leonardo DiCaprio (who received an Oscar nomination for "What's Eating Gilbert Grape") delivers a fabulous performance in this downbeat melodrama based on Jim Carroll's autobiographical journals. But the film is relentless as it wallows in and exploits the material. Lorraine Bracco and Mark Wahlberg co-star. R (violence, profanity, vulgarity, nudity, sex, drugs). (Broadway, South Towne.) (May 5, 1995)

BILLY MADISON - turkey - Unbelievably stupid star vehicle for "Saturday Night Live's" Adam Sandler (he also co-wrote the script), mixing pre-adolescent silliness with cheap, vulgar gags. Sandler plays a spoiled 27-year-old nincompoop who is so incompetent that Dad (Darren McGavin) is on the verge of giving the family hotel chain to a rival. So Sandler proposes a scheme - he'll finish 12 years of school in 24 days to prove himself. PG-13 (vulgarity, profanity, violence). (Valley Fair.) (Feb. 12, 1995)

BLUE SKY - * * 1/2 - Jessica Lange received her best actress Oscar for this offbeat melodrama, playing a disturbed wife and mother who disrupts her military family's life at every turn as they move from base to base. Tommy Lee Jones is equally powerful in a low-key role as her supportive but weary husband. Powers Boothe and a young Chris O'Donnell co-star. This one was on the shelf for three years after the production company's bankruptcy. PG-13 (violence, profanity, vulgarity, nudity, sex). (Exclusive, Avalon.) (May 5, 1995)

BORN TO BE WILD - * 1/2 - Idiotic combination of "Free Willy" and "Monkey Trouble" with a troubled 14-year-old boy befriending an intelligent gorilla that has learned to communicate with sign language. When the primate is caged as an attraction, the boy sets it free and they head for Canada together. PG (violence, mild vulgarity). (Valley Fair.) (March 31, 1995)

THE BRADY BUNCH MOVIE - * 1/2 - Silly, slow-paced exercise in nostalgia, a la "The Beverly Hillbillies," this time lampooning "The Brady Bunch" television series, with Shelley Long and Gary Coles as Carol and Mike. A couple of mild chuckles but this is generally pretty lame . . . with a generous amount of vulgarity just to make sure there's no question that we're lodged firmly in the "enlightened" '90s. PG-13 (comic violence, vulgarity, sexual innuendo). (Cinemas 5.) (Feb. 17, 1995)

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). (Sugarhouse.) (Nov. 4, 1994)

CIRCLE OF FRIENDS - * * 1/2 - A witty and bright but overweight and insecure young Irish woman (Minnie Driver) is surprised to find that a charming, attractive rugby star (Chris O'Donnell) in her Dublin college returns her romantic feelings. Generally enjoyable look at repressive sexual notions in the '50s, with a wonderful central performance by Driver and a very good one by O'Donnell. PG-13 (sex, profanity, vulgarity, nude photos). (Broadway, Trolley North.) (April 19, 1995)

CRUMB - * * * - Very well-made but tough to take, this biographical documentary examines the life and art of anarchic cartoonist Robert Crumb, still best known for his '60s efforts - the "Keep On Truckin' " logo, the "Cheap Thrills" album cover for Big Brother and the Holding Company, the "Fritz the Cat" comic books . . . . Unsettling and uncompromising, the film probes his dysfunctional family, charges that his work is racist and misogynistic and provides graphic examples of his forays into pornography. R (profanity, nudity; violent, sexual and nude cartoons). (Exclusive, Tower.) (May 5, 1995)

THE CURE - * * 1/2 - OK melodrama about a boy dying of AIDS who is befriended by the troubled kid next door, as they eventually begin a personal quest to find a cure for the illness. Brad Renfro ("The Client") and Joseph Mazzello ("Jurassic Park") star, and their performances (along with those of Diana Scarwid and Annabella Sciorra as their respective mothers) help make this better than its episodic, contrived script. PG-13 (profanity, vulgarity, nude photo). (South Towne.) (April 21, 1995)

DOLORES CLAIBORNE - * * 1/2 - Based on Stephen King's novel, this suspense yarn has a high-profile New York magazine journalist (Jennifer Jason Leigh) reluctantly returning to her small hometown in Maine when her mother (Kathy Bates) is suspected of murder. Christopher Plummer is the detective who is determined to see Bates charged because he failed to satisfactorily resolve her husband's death some 20 years earlier. Excellent performances, particularly from Bates, though the film is never quite as compelling or suspenseful as it means to be. R (violence, profanity, vulgarity). (Olympus.) (March 24, 1995)

DON JUAN DeMARCO - * * * - Though it is routinely directed and far too racy for its PG-13 rating, this romantic comedy is a real charmer and frequently very funny. Johnny Depp is a deluded young man who believes he is Don Juan, taken under the care of an about-to-retire psychiatrist (Marlon Brando) who suddenly begins feeling more romantic toward his wife (Faye Dunaway). PG-13 (sex, profanity). (Broadway, Century, Creekside, Gateway, Midvalley, South Towne; Valley Vu, with "A Goofy Movie.") (April 7, 1995)

DUMB & DUMBER - turkey - "Gross & Grosser" is more like it. This crass farce, filmed in Utah and Colorado, stars Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels as a pair of dimwits who make a cross-country trip to return a briefcase to its rightful owner. The cast is game, but the material is just gamey. PG-13 (violence, partial nudity, profanity, vulgarity). (Sugarhouse, Valley Fair.) (Dec. 16, 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. The film received 13 Oscar nominations and won six, including best picture, best director (Robert Zemeckis), best adapted screenplay and Hanks as best actor. PG-13 (violence, sex, nudity, profanity, vulgarity, drugs). (Family Center, Sugarhouse.) (July 6, 1994)

FRENCH KISS - * * * - As light as a souffle, this Lawrence Kasdan ("The Big Chill") effort has an American woman (Meg Ryan) jilted by her fiance (Timothy Hutton), reluctantly traveling to France to win him back and finding herself in the companionship of a soft-hearted French thief (Kevin Kline). PG-13 (profanity, vulgarity, violence, sex, nudity). (Century, Crossroads, Gateway, Holladay, Plaza 5400, Reel, Sandy 9.) (May 5, 1995)

A GOOFY MOVIE - * * * - The animation isn't up there with "The Lion King," but it's still pretty good - and the comedy more than compensates. Goofy, in a desire to bond with his son Max, plans a fishing trip, with all the expected disasters. A bit too sentimental toward the end, but quite funny most of the way. G. (Century, Cinemas 5, Cottonwood, Flick, Gateway, Plaza 5400, Reel, South Towne; Valley Vu, with "Don Juan DeMarco.") (April 20, 1995)

HEAVYWEIGHTS - * 1/2 - Some appealing young actors help, but this Disney family comedy about a bunch of overweight kids at a summer camp who find themselves at the mercy of a wild-eyed fitness freak (Ben Stiller) is lethargically directed and far too predictable. Strictly for small fry. PG (comic violence, mild vulgarity, mild profanity). (Kaysville, Sandy Starships, Sugarhouse, Valley Fair.) (Feb. 17, 1995)

I.Q. - * * * * - Meg Ryan is absolutely luminous as a distracted mathematician who is barely acknowledged by her stuffy fiance, but who isn't at all sure about auto mechanic Tim Robbins, who pursues her after falling in love at first sight. To win her over, he enlists the aid of her uncle - Albert Einstein (Walter Matthau). Wonderfully whimsical comic romance with terrific dialogue and a lyrical, low-key sweetness that is all too rare in movies today. PG (mild profanity, mild vulgarity, mild violence) (Kaysville, Sandy Starships, Sugarhouse.) (Dec. 23, 1994)

JURY DUTY - turkey - Pauly Shore ("Son-in-Law," "In the Army Now") is back, generally abandoning his hip-hop shtick, this time doing jury duty and driving fellow jurors nuts as they are sequestered to deliberate a sensational murder trial. Truly awful and far too vulgar for children. PG-13 (profanity, vulgarity, partial nudity, violence). (Cinemas 5; Redwood, with "Bad Boys.") (April 18, 1995)

KISS OF DEATH - * * 1/2 - David Caruso is OK in this loose remake of the 1947 classic about a petty crook who is coerced by tough cops and prosecutors into squealing on bigger thugs. But he's blown off the screen by Samuel L. Jackson as one of the cops and especially Nicolas Cage as the chief thug. An unspectacular but serviceable crime thriller. R (violence, profanity, vulgarity, nudity, drugs). (Broadway, Holladay; Redwood, with "Outbreak"; South Towne.) (April 23, 1995)

LEGENDS OF THE FALL - * * * - Overblown, underdeveloped epic Western set during the early part of this century, with patriarch Anthony Hopkins settling in Montana with his three disparate sons (Brad Pitt, Aidan Quinn, Henry Thomas). Occasionally looks like a lavish, miniseries episode of "Bonanza" as the three sons fall for the same woman (Julia Ormond) - but it is undeniably entertaining. R (violence, gore, sex, nudity, profanity, vulgarity). (Family Center, Sugarhouse, Valley Fair.) (Jan. 13, 1995)

LITTLE WOMEN - * * * * - This sixth adaptation (if you count two obscure silent versions) of Louisa May Alcott's novel is among the best, a stirring, beautifully crafted character drama of four sisters growing up in New England during the Civil War. Winona Ryder shines as Jo, the feistiest of the March sisters, but everyone here is first-rate, including Susan Sarandon as their mother, Marmee. PG (mild violence). (Kaysville, Sandy Starships, Sugarhouse.) (Dec. 23, 1994)

THE MADNESS OF KING GEORGE - * * * 1/2 - This adaptation of the popular play is a wonderful comedy-drama skewering the Royal Family, specifically the one that ruled in the late 18th century, but with obvious parallels to modern-day Royals. Alternately funny and poignant, with a wonderful premise - how can you be sure the king is losing his mind when the entire family is so dotty anyway? Not rated, probable PG-13 (violence, vulgarity, profanity, sex). (Sandcastle.) (Feb. 10, 1995)

MAJOR PAYNE - turkey - Another stupid, crass and largely unfunny comedy from writer-star Damon Wayans ("Blankman"), this time playing a by-the-book Marine who finds himself training the Junior ROTC at a military academy. Silly at best, idiotic and overly violent at worst. PG-13 (violence, profanity). (South Towne.) (March 24, 1995)

MAN OF THE HOUSE - * * - So-so Disney family comedy has young Jonathan Taylor Thomas (TV's "Home Improvement") making life miserable for Chevy Chase after Chase moves in with the boy and his mother (Farrah Fawcett) for a trial engagement. Meanwhile, Chase, a federal prosecutor, is also the assassination target of revenge-minded mobsters. A few amusing gags, but much of it falls flat, and there are some dubious mixed messages for kids. PG (violence, mild vulgarity). (Cinemas 5, Olympus Starships.) (Feb. 3, 1995)

MIAMI RHAPSODY - * * * - Very funny Woody Allenish romantic comedy starring Sarah Jessica Parker as a wisecracking young woman who wonders if she should marry her fiance after discovering all her friends and family are having affairs. Insightful, ironic and frequently hilarious adult humor. Mia Farrow, Antonio Banderas, Paul Mazursky, Kevin Pollak. PG-13 (sex, partial nudity, profanity, vulgarity, violence). (Sugarhouse, Valley Fair.) (March 17, 1995)

MURIEL'S WEDDING - * * - Dark, occasionally amusing comedy-drama from Australia about an "ugly duckling" who yearns to marry but instead spends most of her time in the pursuit of antisocial behavior. Eccentric and overly melodramatic, bolstered by Toni Collette's fine central performance and a toe-tapping Abba soundtrack. R (violence, sex, nudity, profanity, vulgarity). (South Towne.) (March 24, 1995)

NOBODY'S FOOL - * * * 1/2 - Another fabulous performance from Paul Newman anchors this comedy-drama about an aging construction worker in a small town who finds himself in a reluctant reconciliation with his estranged son. Episodic, somewhat uneven but also touching and frequently very funny. Robert Benton ("Kramer vs. Kramer") wrote and directed; Jessica Tandy, Bruce Willis and Melanie Griffith co-star. R (profanity, vulgarity, nudity, violence). (Family Center, Sugarhouse, Valley Fair.) (Jan. 13, 1995)

OUTBREAK - * * * - Exciting, fast-paced sci-fi thriller has a military doctor (Dustin Hoffman) trying to find the cure for a killer virus that is spreading all too rapidly. But a crazy general (Donald Sutherland) would rather contain the problem by bombing a California town to wipe out its infected inhabitants. Marred by too many contrivances as it winds down, and Hoffman seems uncomfortable in a Harrison Ford-type role, but director Wolfgang Petersen ("In the Line of Fire," "Das Boot") keeps things hopping so you won't think about it too much. R (violence, profanity). (Midvalley, Olympus, Outbreak; Redwood, with "Kiss of Death"; Sandy 9.) (March 10, 1995)

PANTHER - * * 1/2 - The subject matter here - the evolution of the Black Panther Party in Oakland, Calif., in 1966 - is inherently interesting and there are some powerful moments in this melodramatic interpretation. But screenwriter Melvin Van Peebles ("Sweet Sweetback") and his director-son Mario Van Peebles ("New Jack City") jumble things up with a "JFK"-style approach, mixing too much fiction with fact. Worse, the characters are superficial in the extreme. R (violence, profanity, vulgarity, drugs). (Century, Trolley Corners.) (May 3, 1995)

THE PEBBLE AND THE PENGUIN - * * - Despite some colorful, luminous animation by Don Bluth's team, this latest animated feature is quite weak in terms of story, character and songs (the latter provided by Barry Manilow). The story has a stuttering, clumsy penguin in Antarctica trying to get back home to his true love before his rival wins her hand. Voices are by Martin Short, James Belushi and Tim Curry. G. (Cinemas 5, Holladay, South Towne.) (April 20, 1995)

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, South Towne.) (Oct. 14, 1994)

THE QUICK AND THE DEAD - * * - Some wonderful moments don't add up to nearly enough in this wild-eyed take on Sergio Leone's "spaghetti" Westerns with Clint Eastwood. In a gender-bender twist, Sharon Stone takes the Eastwood role, riding into town for a fast-draw contest, with the losers going out in a pine box. Villainous Gene Hackman is the top gun and runs away with acting honors. But it isn't funny enough to support some of the off-the-wall shenanigans that occur late in the film. R (violence, profanity, vulgarity, brief nudity). (Family Center, Sandy Starships, Sugarhouse, Valley Fair.) (Feb. 10, 1995)

QUIZ SHOW - * * * * - Superlative filmmaking from dir-ec-tor/producer Robert Redford, based on the true story of the television quiz show scandals in the late 1950s, focusing on contestants for the program "Twenty-One," who were given answers in advance. Knockout performances, especially from Ralph Fiennes, Paul Scofield and

John Turturro. PG-13 (vulgarity, profanity). (Kaysville.) (Sept. 23, 1994)

ROB ROY - * * * - Rousing 18th-century adventure with Liam Neeson ("Schindler's List") as the Scottish rebel Rob Roy MacGregor, who finds himself branded an outlaw when he is manipulated by a pompous, wealthy Englishman (John Hurt) and his evil, duplicitous nephew (Tim Roth). Neeson is great, as is Jessica Lange - complete with Scottish accent - as MacGregor's wife. But it is Roth who steals the show in a wonderfully wicked performance. R (violence, rape, sex, nudity, profanity, vulgarity). (Century, Creekside, Midvalley, Sandy 9, Trolley Corners.) (April 7, 1995)

ROOMMATES - * * * - This episodic comedy-melodrama is pretty routine stuff, but it gets a remarkable lift from Peter Falk's central performance as the actor dons old-age makeup to play a feisty baker from age 75 to 107. D.B. Sweeney is the grandson he raises from childhood, and their relationship makes up the bulk of the film. Nice support from Julianne Moore and Ellen Burstyn. PG (profanity, vulgarity). (Sandcastle.) (Feb. 3, 1995)

SAFE PASSAGE - * * 1/2 - Susan Sarandon is a knockout in this overly contrived melodrama, playing the obesessive mother of seven sons who sees her family come together when one of the boys, a Marine, is reported missing in action after his barracks is bombed in the Middle East. Sam Shepard plays her estranged husband, and all the performers are good, but this is a showcase for Sarandon. Too bad the script is overloaded with silly plot contrivances. PG-13 (violence, profanity, drugs). (Kaysville.) (Jan. 27, 1995)

THE SECRET OF ROAN INISH - * * * * - Delightful Irish fable, adapted from a novella (Rosalie K. Fry's "The Secret of the Ron Mor Skerry") by John Sayles ("The Brother From Another Planet," "Passion Fish"), about a 10-year-old girl who lives with her grandparents in post-war Ireland and whose search for her long-lost brother - who was supposedly swept out to sea in his cradle - brings her in contact with half-seal/half-human mythic Celtic beings known as "Selkies." Gorgeous cinematography, magnificent, low-key story-telling. PG (mild violence). (Exclusive, Tower.) (April 28, 1995)

TALES FROM THE CRYPT PRESENTS DEMON KNIGHT - * 1/2 - Gory, disgusting horror about a crew of low-life boarding-house residents taking on an army of demons, a big-screen spinoff of the "Tales from the Crypt" TV series, with that raggedy, Muppet-from-hell host, the Crypt Keeper, in opening and closing segments. Resembles "The Evil Dead." R (violence, gore, sex, nudity, profanity, vulgarity). (Redwood, with "Village of the Damned.") (Jan. 13, 1995)

TALL TALE - * * - OK Disney family effort blends fantasy, comedy and action in the "Wizard of Oz"-like story of a young boy (Nick Stahl) who conjures up Paul Bunyan (Oliver Platt), Pecos Bill (Patrick Swayze) and John Henry (Roger Aaron Brown) to help battle bad guy J.P. Stiles (Scott Glenn). Could have been funnier, and the fight scenes are confusingly filmed. PG (violence). (Family Center, Kaysville, Sandcastle, Sandy Starships, Sugarhouse, Valley Fair.) (March 24, 1995)

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). (Redwood, with "Crimson Tide.") (Sept. 23, 1994)

TOMMY BOY - * * 1/2 - Loose, silly and vulgar, this teaming of "Saturday Night Live" regulars Chris Farley and David Spade is nonetheless pretty funny in places. The story has Farley as a bumbling, somewhat crazed oaf who takes over his father's auto parts business, but finds he needs his Dad's snide right-hand man (Spade) to help him on his first sales road trip. Rob Lowe gets some laughs as a villain, and Bo Derek and Brian Dennehy also appear. PG-13 (profanity, vulgarity, sex, nudity, violence). (Century, Cottonwood, Flick, Gateway; Redwood, with "Top Dog.") (April 18, 1995)

TOP DOG - * 1/2 - Tough San Diego cop Chuck Norris is reluctantly teamed with a police dog that is even more of a maverick than he is. The plot, with sadly eerie resonances of the Oklahoma City tragedy, has them tracking white-supremacist terrorists who plan to unite all of America's hate groups and bomb minority leaders. The comedy ranges from silly to dumb, and it's far too violent for small fry. PG-13 (violence, profanity). (Redwood, with "Tommy Boy.") (April 28, 1995)

VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED - * 1/2 - John Carpenter, who once trashed "The Thing," now gives us another misfired remake of a golden oldie, with stiff acting (from Christopher Reeve, Mark Hamill, Michael Pare and especially Kirstie Alley) and gore and fireballs replacing the chilling original's low-key terror. A bizarre supernatural power takes over a small California town as 10 women become pregnant, give birth on the same day and find their children all look alike and have evil telepathic powers. R (violence, gore, profanity). (Midvalley, Holladay; Redwood, with "Tales From the Crypt Presents Demon Knight"; Trolley Corners.) (April 28, 1995)

WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING - * * * - Sandra Bullock, who hit it big last year as the passenger who drove the bus in "Speed," shines in her first starring role, as a lonely young Chicago woman who saves man who is mugged and slips into a coma. At the hospital, his family mistakes her for his fiance, and she decides to go along with it. Peter Gal-lagher, Bill Pullman, Jack Warden and Peter Boyle are among the delightful character players in this very pleasing little romantic comedy that should do big things for Bullock's career. PG (violence, mild profanity, vulgarity). (Century, Cottonwood, Crossroads, Gateway, Plaza 5400, Reel, Sandy 9.) (April 21, 1995)