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NEW FILMS FRIDAY

X-MEN — The Marvel Comics superheroes come to life in this live-action adventure film, pitting the title characters (Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin and Halle Berry) against evil mutants trying to subjugate mankind. Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen star. Directed by Bryan Singer ("The Usual Suspects"). See Jeff Vice's story and interview with Paquin on Page W1; reviewed on Page W3. PG-13 (violence, partial nudity, vulgarity, brief profanity). (Carmike 12; Century; Creekside; Gateway; Jordan Landing; Midvalley; Redwood, with "Me, Myself & Irene"; Ritz; South Towne; Trolley Corners.)

NEW FILMS WEDNESDAY

THE IN CROWD — Teen thriller about obsessions and jealousies that turn deadly when a naive newcomer (Lori Heuring) joins an ultra-elite clique of snobbish college students. The cast includes up-and-coming stars Susan Ward and Matthew Settle. Directed by Mary Lambert ("Pet Sematary"). To be reviewed when it opens next week. PG-13 (violence, sex, profanity, drug use).

RE-RELEASES

THE BIG BLUE — Greatly expanded (by more than 30 minutes) "director's cut" of this 1988 drama-fantasy from filmmaker Luc Besson, about two childhood friends (French actors Jean-Marc Barr and Jean Reno) who compete for free-diving glory, as well as for the heart of a beautiful American (Rosanna Arquette). In black and white and color. Reviewed on Page W3. R (profanity, sex, nudity, vulgarity). (Exclusive, Tower.)

MIDNIGHT MOVIES

TERROR FIRMER — The latest from low-budget indie film distributor Troma Films is this tongue-in-cheek spoof the "Scream" movies, in which a serial killer stalks the hallways of the Troma Studio. Troma founder Lloyd Kaufman directs and plays himself. Not rated, probable R (violence, gore, profanity, vulgarity, sex, nudity, drug use). (Tower, Friday and Saturday.)

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

THE COOK, THE THIEF, HIS WIFE AND HER LOVER — ** — One of the most overrated films in recent history, this 1990 dark comedy from director Peter Greenaway is a study in excesses, both in content and in cinematic technique. About the only saving grace is Helen Mirren's performance as the adulterous wife of a restaurant owner. NC-17 (nudity, violence, profanity, sex, gore, vulgarity). (Saturday only, 11 a.m. Tower.)

GIGI — **** — The always-lustrous Leslie Caron stars as the title character, and Louis Jordan is terrific as her charming suitor, but the real star of this beloved, Oscar-winning 1958 musical is scene-stealing co-star Maurice Chevalier, as well as some of the best-ever work by song-and-story team Lerner and Loewe. Directed by Vincente Minnelli. Made before ratings, probable G (nothing offensive). (Jordan Commons.)

THE LONG-HAIRED WARRIORS —*** 1/2 — Local filmmaker Mel Halbach spent seven years and made five trips to Vietnam in the process of compiling this mesmerizing documentary about Vietnamese women who fought French and U.S. Army troops as well as forces from the South Vietnamese Regular Army. In-depth, often emotional interviews with the women express regret for losses on all sides. Not rated, probable PG or PG-13 (wartime violence). (Thursday, 7 p.m.: Brewvies, must be 21 or older.)

MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS — *** — This 1944 musical was the first collaboration between Judy Garland and her future husband, director Vincente Minnelli. The story's a bit of a trifle, but the songs are wonderful, including "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and the memorable title song. And supporting player Margaret O'Brien nearly upstages her better-known co-star. Made before ratings, probable G (nothing offensive). (Gallivan Utah Center, Monday, 8:30 p.m.)

MICHAEL JORDAN TO THE MAX — The greatest professional basketball player who ever lived is profiled in this large-screen documentary, which takes a look at his life and career, including his game-winning shot against the Utah Jazz in the final game of the 1998 NBA Finals. Among those interviewed are Jordan, former Chicago Bulls coach Phil Jackson and actor Bill Murray, Jordan's co-star in the movie "Space Jam." Not rated, probable G. (Jordan Commons.)

SHOW ME LOVE — The most successful movie in Sweden's history, this 1998 drama from first-time filmmaker Lukas Moodysson follows two teen girls, one popular and the other an outcast, who are confused about their sexuality. To be reviewed when it opens July 28. In Swedish, with English subtitles. Not rated, probable PG-13 (sex, vulgarity, profanity). (Wednesday only, 7 p.m. Tower.)

THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN — *** — It's too long for its own good, but this big-screen 1964 version of the hit Broadway musical features the always-fabulous Debbie Reynolds in the the title role. Reynolds really shines as the eccentric woman who survived the Titanic at-sea disaster, and Harve Presnell is terrific as her husband, Johnny. Made before ratings, probable G (violence). (Jordan Commons.)

WHALES — Underwater cinematographer Al Giddings ("Titanic," "The Abyss") co-directed this large-screen documentary about sea mammals, which follows a mother whale and her calf during a seasonal migration from Hawaii to Alaska. Featuring music by local composer Sam Cardon and narration by Patrick Stewart. Shown in the large-screen format. Not rated, probable G. (Jordan Commons.)

WILDFIRE: FEEL THE HEAT — Large-screen documentary about crews fighting huge wildfires throughout the west, including specialized teams of smokejumpers and waterbombers. Narrated by actor Andre Braugher ("Frequency"). Shown in the large-screen format. Not rated, probable PG (firefighting violence). (Exclusive, Jordan Commons.)

WOLVES — Veteran large-screen format filmmaker David Douglas ("Survival Island") directed this 1999 documentary about efforts by the National Wildlife Federation and members of the Nez Perce Indian tribe to reintroduce wolves to Yellowstone Park. Shown in the large-screen format. Not rated, probable PG (animal violence). (Exclusive, Jordan Commons.)

CONTINUING FILMS

THE ADVENTURES OF ROCKY & BULLWINKLE — ** — Jay Ward's beloved cartoon characters finally come to the big screen in this live-action/animated comedy (a la "Who Framed Roger Rabbit"), but frankly, it wasn't worth the wait. The humor's labored, and the cartoon characters are much more "animated" than their flesh-and-blood co-stars. A real disappointment. Running time: 85 minutes. PG (slapstick violence, mild profanity). (Carmike 12; Century; Holladay; Jordan Commons; Jordan Landing; Midvalley; Redwood, with "Chicken Run"; Ritz; Trolley North; Trolley Square.) (June 30, 2000)

BATTLEFIELD EARTH — turkey — The early front-runner for this year's worst film, this badly acted, preposterous and downright laughable science fiction-thriller is a disastrous pet project from actor John Travolta, who produced and overacts as one of a race of evil extraterrestrials enslaving the inhabitants of 31st-century Earth. Running time: 117 minutes. PG-13 (violence, profanity). (Cinemas 5, Sandy Starships, Sugar House, Valley Fair.) (May 12, 2000)

THE BIG KAHUNA — ** — It's well-acted enough, but John Swanbeck's unimaginative direction dooms this filmed version of this stage play about three salesmen (Kevin Spacey, Danny DeVito and Peter Facinelli) trying to make a deal that will revitalize their struggling company. Running time: 91 minutes. R (profanity, vulgarity, brief violence). (Sandy 9, Sugar House, Valley Fair.) (May 19, 2000)

BIG MOMMA'S HOUSE—* 1/2 — Unless you're thrilled by the sight of comedian Martin Lawrence in drag, stay away from this crude and unfunny comedy, about an FBI agent who impersonates the title character to question a woman (Nia Long) who's been targeted by an escaped convict. "Mrs. Doubtfire" meets "Stakeout," but with far fewer laughs. Running time: 101 minutes. PG-13 (violence, vulgarity, profanity, brief nudity). (Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Midvalley.) (June 2, 2000)

BOYS AND GIRLS — * — An awful, would-be "When Harry Met Sally" for teens, starring Freddie Prinze and Claire Forlani as longtime acquaintances who try to resist falling in love. Painfully unfunny, and even the closing-credits gag isn't worth sticking around for. Running time: 93 minutes. PG-13 (profanity, vulgarity, slapstick violence, brief sex, brief partial nudity). (Jordan Landing.) (June 16, 2000)

CENTER STAGE —* 1/2 — One of the most erratic films in recent history, this wanna-be "Fame" for the Britney Spears crowd features great dancing but horrid acting and dialogue so bad that it's hilarious. Dancer Amanda Schull is a dubious new presence, but the person doing real damage to his career is director Nicholas Hytner. Running time: 114 minutes. PG-13 (profanity, vulgarity, partial nudity). (Kaysville, Midvalley.) (May 12, 2000)

CHICKEN RUN — *** — It's not quire as inspired or as clever as their "Wallace and Gromit" shorts, but this clay-animated comedy-adventure from Aardman Studios is an amusing parody of "The Great Escape," following a henhouse trying to escape from a merciless farm owner. Great sight gags and good voice work (from Mel Gibson, Miranda Richardson and others). Running time: 85 minutes. G (violence). (Carmike 12; Century; Gateway; Holladay; Jordan Commons; Jordan Landing; Midvalley; Redwood, with "The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle"; Ritz; Trolley Square.) (June 23, 2000)

DINOSAUR —** 1/2 — The visuals from Disney's latest, a digitally animated (with live-action backgrounds) prehistoric adventure about the title character, are amazing. But the story's a thin rip-off of "The Land Before Time," and the characters are surprisingly shallow. However, kids will probably eat it up. Running time: 82 minutes. PG (violence). (Jordan Commons, Plaza 5400, Villa.) (May 19, 2000)

DISNEY'S THE KID —* 1/2 — Don't let the title fool you. Instead of a remake of the Charlie Chaplin classic, this is a sappy comedy-fantasy about a self-absorbed image consultant (Bruce Willis) who is visited by his 8-year-old alter-ego (abrasive newcomer Spencer Breslin). Extremely manipulative and unfunny. Running time: 101 minutes. PG (brief violence, mild vulgarity). (Carmike 12; Century; Cottonwood; Gateway; Jordan Landing; Plaza 5400; Redwood, with "Gone in Sixty Seconds"; Ritz; South Towne; Trolley Square.) (July 7, 2000)

ERIN BROCKOVICH — **** — There's a whole new Julia — and that's not just because of the skimpy outfits she wears throughout the film. Roberts is definitely at the top of her game here, and she carries this picture seemingly effortlessly. Just try to leave the movie without feeling invigorated, renewed or just plain good inside. It's not possible. R (profanity, partial nudity). (Sugar House.) (March 17, 2000) — Dainon Moody

FINAL DESTINATION — * — If ever there was a vehicle destined to be shown late at night on the USA Network, "Final Destination" is it. What we have here is a movie trying quite hard to achieve the mystery and allure of "The Sixth Sense," while completely lacking that film's subtlety and falling instead into the land of thinly disguised B-movies. R (profanity, violence, nudity, gore). (Sandy 9, Sugar House, Valley Fair.) (March 17, 2000)— Dainon Moody

THE FLINTSTONES IN VIVA ROCK VEGAS —* 1/2 — The first "Flintstones" live-action movie wasn't exactly a masterpiece, but this unfunny prequel about Fred's efforts to woo Wilma (Kristen Johnson, from TV's "Third Rock from the Sun") is even worse, with cheap gags and little energy or originality. Running time: 91 minutes. PG (slapstick violence, vulgarity). (Cinemas 5, Kaysville, Sandy Starships, Sugar House, Valley Fair.) (April 28, 2000)

GLADIATOR —*** 1/2 — It might be a notch below such sword-and-sandal greats as "Spartacus," but director Ridley Scott has made a resounding return to form with this dramatic adventure about the title character (Russell Crowe), a once-honored Roman general forced to fight in the arenas while seeking revenge on his former friend (Joaquin Phoenix). Extremely violent, but also thrilling and a real feast for the eyes. Running time: 154 minutes. R (violence, gore, brief nudity, profanity). (Century, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Trolley Square.) (May 5, 2000)

GOD'S ARMY — *** — It's of interest mainly to its target audience, LDS moviegoers, but Richard Dutcher's drama about Mormon missionaries in Los Angeles is surprisingly well-made and acted. PG (brief violence, vulgarity, mild profanity). (Avalon, Jordan Commons, Kaysville, Midvalley.) (March 10, 2000)

GONE IN SIXTY SECONDS —* 1/2 — You don't go into a Jerry Bruckheimer production expecting Shakespeare, but this remake of the '70s cult film is dumb even by his standards. And Nicolas Cage gives yet another irritatingly quirky performance as a retired car thief who is forced back into the business to aid his younger brother. Not nearly exciting enough. Running time: 119 minutes. PG-13 (violence, profanity, sex, vulgarity, brief partial nudity). (Brewvies, must be 21 or older; Carmike 12; Century; Cottonwood; Gateway; Jordan Commons; Jordan Landing; Midvalley; Redwood, with "Disney's The Kid"; Ritz.) (June 9, 2000)

HIGH FIDELITY —*** 1/2 — It's not quite as good as the source material (Nick Hornby's best-selling novel), but this winning comedy is an astute look into the male perspective of romantic relationships — shown from the viewpoint of an obsessive record store owner (John Cusack, who produced and co-wrote the script) whose life and business fall apart after his girlfriend leaves him. R (profanity, sex, violence, nudity, vulgarity). (Sandy 9, Sugar House.) (March 31, 2000)

KEEPING THE FAITH — ** — Too long for its own good, this romantic comedy is an inauspicious directing debut for Edward Norton, who also stars as a priest squabbling with his best friend, a rabbi (Ben Stiller), for the love of another childhood friend (Jenna Elfman). Too many cheap gags, too. Running time: 129 minutes. PG-13 (vulgarity, sex, violence, profanity, ethnic slurs, nude drawings). (Sandy 9, Sugar House.) (April 14, 2000)

LOVE & BASKETBALL —** 1/2 — It's a little too sappy for its own good, but up-and-coming star Sanaa Lathan salvages this hoops-centric drama about two talented athletes (Lathan and Omar Epps) trying to take their careers and relationship to another level. A good supporting cast (which includes Alfre Woodard and Dennis Haysbert) also helps. Running time: 118 minutes. PG-13 (profanity, sex, violence, brief partial nudity). (Sugar House, Valley Fair.) (April 21, 2000)

ME, MYSELF & IRENE —** 1/2 — Like its main character, the latest comedy from the Farrelly brothers ("There's Something About Mary") is as mean-spirited and cruel as it is funny and sweet. The real selling point is another over-the-top Jim Carrey performance as a mild-mannered cop with multiple personalities, which both fall for the woman (Renee Zellweger) he's supposed to be escorting. Running time: 116 minutes. R (vulgarity, profanity, violence, nudity, gore, racial epithets). (Broadway; Carmike 12; Century; Creekside; Gateway; Jordan Landing; Midvalley; Redwood, with "X-Men"; Ritz; South Towne.) (June 23, 2000)

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE II — *** — This sequel to the 1996 smash hit features bigger and better stunts and a much more streamlined storyline. Tom Cruise is a bit aloof in his role as agent Ethan Hunt, who must stop terrorists from unleashing a deadly virus. But co-star Thandie Newton supplies the needed warmth and heat, and the action scenes are spectacular. Running time: 126 minutes. PG-13 (violence, profanity, vulgarity, brief gore). (Broadway; Carmike 12; Century; Cottonwood; Gateway; Jordan Commons; Jordan Landing; Plaza 5400; Redwood, with "The Perfect Storm"; Ritz.) (May 24, 2000)

MISSION TO MARS — ** — Director Brian De Palma may have gotten over his obsession with ripping off the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock. But his latest — a dull science fiction-thriller about a manned expedition to the Red Planet — could use any suspense to enliven its cliched story. What a waste of a great cast (which includes Gary Sinise, Don Cheadle and Tim Robbins). PG (violence). (Cinemas 5, Sandy 9, Valley Fair) (March 10, 2000)

MY DOG SKIP — *** — Though it features annoying voice-over narration (by Harry Connick Jr.), this adaptation of Willie Morris's best-selling memoirs is a sweet family comedy-drama about the misadventures of a Mississippi youngster (Frankie Muniz, from TV's "Malcolm in the Middle") and his dog, circa World War II. Muniz is great, as are his adult co-stars Kevin Bacon and Diane Lane. PG (violence, mild profanity, vulgarity, racial epithets). (Sandy 9.) (March 3, 2000)

NOT ONE LESS —*** 1/2 — Using a cast of amateur performers and a more understated storytelling approach than usual, acclaimed Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou ("Raise the Red Lantern," "Shanghai Triad") returns to form with this fact-based drama about a 13-year-old girl left in charge of a one-room schoolhouse in her village. So sweet and charming that it easily overcomes any language and cultural barriers. In Mandarin, with English subtitles. Running time: 106 minutes. G (mild vulgarity, brief violence). (Exclusive, Tower.) (June 30, 2000)

THE PATRIOT —** 1/2 — Sure, it's "Braveheart in the American Revolution," but director Roland Emmerich's latest tries hard to overcome that and a speech-heavy script. Fortunately, he's enlisted Mel Gibson, who stars as a former war hero who reluctantly joins the struggle against the British Army. Too long and extremely violent, but Gibson and Heath Ledger, who co-stars as his son, are very good. Running time: 157 minutes. R (violence, gore). (Carmike 12; Century; Cottonwood; Jordan Commons; Jordan Landing; Midvalley; Redwood; Ritz; Trolley Corners; Trolley North.) (June 28, 2000)

THE PERFECT STORM — ** — Director Wolfgang Petersen can make just about anything exciting, but he can't bail out this all-star dud (featuring George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and Diane Lane) about New England fishermen and rescue workers contending with one of the most destructive storms in history. Some exciting sequences in the second half, but the first half's a snore. Running time: 130 minutes. PG-13 (violence, profanity, gore, vulgarity). (Broadway; Carmike 12; Century; Gateway; Holladay; Jordan Commons; Jordan Landing; Plaza 5400; Redwood, with "Mission: Impossible II"; Ritz.) (June 30, 2000)

RETURN TO ME — *** — Character actress Bonnie Hunt doesn't need to steal scenes for a change in this charming romantic comedy (which marks her directorial debut) about a man (David Duchovny) who falls in love with the woman (Minnie Driver) who received his dead wife's heart. PG (profanity, gore). The leads are good, and the supporting cast (which also includes Carroll O'Connor and Robert Loggia) is terrific. (Kaysville, Midvalley, South Towne.) (April 7, 2000)

THE ROAD TO EL DORADO — *** — This reunion for several former Disney animators and songwriters (including Elton John and Tim Rice) may not be quite up to their usual standards — especially in terms of story and song quality. But Kevin Kline and Kenneth Branagh have fun voicing 15th-century Spanish conmen searching for the legendary City of Gold. PG (violence, mild profanity, brief nudity). (Sandy 9, Valley Fair.) (March 31, 2000)

ROAD TRIP — * — As if we needed more reason to dislike "American Pie," this lowbrow sex comedy cops most of the same jokes and makes them even less funny. The cast looks too old, too, especially Breckin Meyer , who stars as a student desperate to retrieve an incriminating videotape that was accidentally mailed to his girlfriend. Running time: 97 minutes. R (vulgarity, sex, nudity, violence, drug use, profanity). (Brewvies, must be 21 or older.) (May 19, 2000)

RULES OF ENGAGEMENT —* 1/2 — With such a talented cast, William Friedkin's latest — a military courtroom drama about a retired marine (Tommy Lee Jones) who must defend a comrade-in-arms (Samuel L. Jackson) accused of murder in the Middle East — should be a lot better. But it's surprisingly dumb and uninvolving, and neither of the leads seems particularly inspired. R (violence, profanity, gore, racial epithets, brief partial nudity). (Cinemas 5, Sandy Starships, Sugar House.) (April 7, 2000)

SCARY MOVIE —* 1/2 — What's really scary about this wildly uneven, off-the-wall spoof of recent horror movies is that the MPAA let it slip by with just an R rating. A handful of guilty laughs at the beginning, but this Zucker brothers-styled comedy becomes so extremely crude it makes the "South Park" movie and "American Pie" look tame by comparison. Running time: 89 minutes. R (vulgarity, violence, nudity, profanity, sex, drug use, gore, racial epithets). (Broadway; Carmike 12; Century; Gateway; Holladay; Jordan Landing; Plaza 5400; Redwood, with "Shaft"; Ritz; South Towne.) (July 7, 2000)

SHAFT —* 1/2 — Shockingly racist and featuring a repellent message about the American justice system, this remake of sorts of the '70s "blaxploitation" hit stars Samuel L. Jackson as the "baddest" detective of them all. However, he seems to be re-doing his "Pulp Fiction" character, and a good supporting cast is squandered. Running time: 98 minutes. R (violence, profanity, racial epithets, gore, vulgarity, brief sex, brief nudity, brief drug use). (Jordan Commons; Midvalley; Redwood, with "Scary Movie.") (June 16, 2000)

SHANGHAI NOON —*** 1/2 — By far the best of Jackie Chan's American film work, this fast-paced comedy-adventure brings him to the Wild West, as he plays a Chinese bodyguard who comes to America to rescue a kidnapped princess (Lucy Liu, from TV's "Ally McBeal"). Great stunts and gags, but Owen Wilson ("Armageddon") steals the show as a gunslinger aiding him. Running time: 110 minutes. PG-13 (violence, profanity, drug use, vulgarity, racial epithets, brief partial nudity). (Jordan Landing, Ritz, South Towne.)

THE SKULLS —* 1/2 — This paranoid suspense-thriller starring Joshua Jackson (TV's "Dawson's Creek") starts out as a guilty pleasure, but by the end, the writing is so bad that it's impossible not to laugh out loud at scenes intended to be scary or serious. PG-13 (violence, profanity, brief sex). (Sandy 9.) (March 31, 2000)— Christy Lemire, Associated Press writer

SMALL TIME CROOKS — *** — Hearkening back to his early, screwball roots, Woody Allen's latest is a surprisingly funny and sweet comedy about the title characters, an ex-con (Allen) and his wife (Tracey Ullman) who scheme to rob a bank. Great gags and performances, and Elaine May steals the show as a ditzy accomplice. Running time: 95 minutes. PG (profanity, nude artwork). (Brewvies, must be 21 or older.) (May 19, 2000)

THE TIGGER MOVIE — *** — Not as memorable as the earlier adaptations of A.A. Milne's beloved short stories, but this animated feature is still a charming tale about Tigger's efforts to find out whether he really is the only one of his kind. Good animation, but the real stars are six new songs by longtime Disney songwriters Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman, as well as a great message. G (nothing offensive). (Kaysville.) (Feb. 4, 2000)

TITAN A.E. — ** — Well-animated, but dull and derivative, animated science-fiction thriller about the few remaining Earthlings who are scattered throughout space when the planet is destroyed by invaders. Some good voice work (particularly by Matt Damon), but the one-liners fall flat and there are too many similarities to other sci-fi films. Running time: 95 minutes. PG (violence, gore, brief nudity). (Jordan Commons.) (June 16, 2000)

TOY STORY 2 — **** — Contrary to popular belief, sometimes sequels can be every bit as good as the original. Case in point: this very funny follow-up to the 1995 smash hit, which again stars Tom Hanks and Tim Allen as the voices of computer-animated characters Woody and Buzz Lightyear, respectively. Not only is the animation light-years better than that in the original, the story is great, as Buzz and the other toys must rescue Woody from a collector who believes he is a valuable action figure. G (slapstick violence, mild vulgarity). (Sandy 9, Valley Fair.) (Nov. 24, 1999)

28 DAYS — ** — Though its premise is a good one, this "Lost Weekend" for the post-Boomer era starring Sandra Bullock sinks in a morass of predictability, and by the end you feel like you've sat through a finger-wagging educational filmstrip shown to adolescents in a high-school auditorium. Aggressively mediocre. Running time: 104 minutes. PG-13 (substance abuse, profanity, sex). (Cinemas 5, Kaysville, Sandy 9, Sandy Starships, Sugar House, Valley Fair.) (April 14, 2000) — Ted Anthony, Associated Press writer

U-571 — *** — This World War II thriller shouldn't work — the script's full of holes and it conveniently changes historical fact. Yet it's gripping and suspenseful, and stars Matthew McConaughey and Harvey Keitel help bail it out as the crew of a U.S. Navy submarine posing as the crew of a German U-boat. In English and German, with English subtitles. Running time: 118 minutes. PG-13 (violence, profanity). (Trolley North.) (April 21, 2000)

THE VIRGIN SUICIDES — *** — Sofia Coppola, daughter of filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, makes makes an impressive directorial debut with this dark comedy-drama about the disturbed daughters of a suburban family, circa the 1970s. Running time: 97 minutes. R (profanity, drug use, sex, vulgarity). (Brewvies, must be 21 or older.) (May 12, 2000)

WHERE THE HEART IS — ** — Despite a great supporting cast (which includes Ashley Judd, Stockard Channing and Joan Cusack) and a few bright moments, Billie Letts' best-selling novel gets a surprisingly superficial treatment, and Natalie Portman's not believable as a teen who goes on to greater things after giving birth in a department store. Running time: 120 minutes. PG-13 (profanity, violence, vulgarity, brief sex). (Cinemas 5, Sandy 9, Sandy Starships, Sugar House, Valley Fair.) (April 28, 2000)