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NEW FILMS FRIDAY

AGNES BROWNE — Angelica Huston directed and stars as the title character in this adaptation of Brendan O'Carroll's novel "The Mammy," about an Irish widow who gets a second chance at love with a French baker. British character actor Ray Winstone and Ciaran Owens ("The Butcher Boy") co-star. R (profanity, vulgarity). (Exclusive, Tower.)

DISNEY'S THE KID — The title character of this comedy-fantasy is the much-younger alter-ego of a self-absorbed image consultant (Bruce Willis), who appears just in time to remind his older self of all the wrong choices he's made in his life. Directed by Jon Turteltaub ("Instinct"). Emily Mortimer and Lily Tomlin co-star. 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.)

SCARY MOVIE — Comedian/actor/director Keenen Ivory Wayans ("A Low Down Dirty Shame," "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka") returns to filmmaking with this off-the-wall spoof of recent horror movies. Cast members include his siblings Shawn and Marlon Wayans, as well as Shannon Elizabeth ("American Pie"). 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.)

MIDNIGHT MOVIES

HAROLD AND MAUDE — *** — Some of the material is pretty dark, but this 1972 cult comedy is also surprisingly sweet and benefits from two very appealing performances by Bud Cort and Ruth Gordon as the title characters, a suicidal young man and a worldly senior citizen who fall in love. Directed by late Utah filmmaker Hal Ashby and featuring music by Cat Stevens. PG (slapstick violence, vulgarity). (Tower, Friday and Saturday.)

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS — **** — While director Fred Zinnemann's Oscar-winning adaptation of the stageplay features a great cast (which includes Robert Shaw, Orson Welles, Leo McKern and Wendy Hiller), the real standout is deserved Oscar-winner Paul Scofield, who stars as Sir Thomas More, the ecclesiastical leader torn between his church and his country. Later remade as a much-inferior television movie, but this is the real deal. Made before ratings (1966), probable G. (Jordan Commons.)

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.)

SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS — **** — It's become a short-lived television series and a popular stageplay, but neither of those can top this 1954 musical-western from revered filmmaker Stanley Donen. The cast is terrific, especially Howard Keel and Jane Powell as newlyweds who give his family members a case of marriage-mania. The music's great too, and there's rarely been better high-stepping and hoofing seen on the big screen. Made before ratings, probable G. (Gallivan Utah Center, Monday only, 8:30 p.m.)

WEST SIDE STORY — **** — Despite some critical miscasting (mainly leads Richard Beymer and Natalie Wood), this Oscar-winning 1961 version of the hit Broadway musical — a '50s gang variation on "Romeo and Juliet" — nearly gets everything else right. Besides, how can you argue with something that features such terrific choreography (by the legendary Jerome Robbins) and boasts such a memorable soundtrack? Made before ratings, probable PG (violence). (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 ( 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. 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)

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. Running time: 101 minutes. PG-13 (violence, vulgarity, profanity, brief nudity). (Jordan Commons; Jordan Landing; Midvalley; Redwood, with "Me, Myself & Irene"; Ritz.) (June 2, 2000)

BOYS AND GIRLS — * — An awful, would-be "When Harry Met Sally" for teens, starring Freddie Prinze and Claire Forlani as longtime acquain tances who try to resist falling in love. Painfully unfunny. Running time: 93 minutes. PG-13 (profanity, vulgarity, slapstick violence, brief sex, brief partial nudity). (Carmike 12, Creekside, Jordan Commons, 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. Running time: 114 minutes. PG-13 (profanity, vulgarity, partial nudity). (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, though some scenes may be too terrifying for really young ones. Running time: 82 minutes. PG (violence). (Carmike 12, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Plaza 5400, Ritz, Villa.) (May 19, 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

FANTASIA 2000 — *** — Like the original "Fantasia," this compilation of cartoon shorts is a mixed bag, and some of the classical music used sounds surprisingly bland. But when the whole thing works — such as the delightful "Rhapsody in Blue," which echoes the caricatures of Al Hirschfeld — it's terrific. Featuring live-action introductions by Steve Martin, James Earl Jones and others. Converted from the large-screen IMAX format to the more traditional 35mm format. Running time: 78 minutes. G (animated violence) (Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Plaza 5400, Trolley Square, Villa.) (June 16, 2000)

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 9, 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. Admittedly, it does end in a too-conventional "Hollywood" manner, but it's clearly a labor of love for Dutcher and his cast. PG (brief violence, vulgarity, mild profanity). (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; Creekside; 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, Valley Fair.) (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)

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 "Big Momma's House"; 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). (Carmike 12; Century; Cottonwood; Gateway; Jordan Commons; Jordan Landing; Plaza 5400; Redwood, with "The Perfect Storm"; Ritz; Trolley Corners.). (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 clich*d story. What a waste of a great cast (which includes Gary Sinise, Don Cheadle and Tim Robbins). PG (violence). (Cinemas 5, Sandy 9, Sugar House, 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)

PASSION OF MIND —** 1/2 — Essentially another take on the "Sliding Doors"/"Me Myself I" alternate-lives fantasy, there is a nagging pokiness to this sporadically fine film, starring a better-than-expected Demi Moore in what many are calling a comeback, that ultimately proves wearying. Co-stars include Stellan Skarsgard and William Fichtner. Directed by Alain Berliner (the Oscar-nominated "Ma Vie en Rose"). Running time: 105 minutes. PG-13 (sex, profanity). (Midvalley.) (June 30, 2000)— Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News

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. (Avalon, Creekside, 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). (Kaysville, Sandy 9.) (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, Valley Fair.) (April 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 redoing 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). (Broadway; Jordan Commons; Jordan Landing; Midvalley; Redwood, with "Scary Movie"; Ritz.) (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, Sugar House, Valley Fair.) (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)

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, Jordan Landing, Ritz.) (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). (Kaysville, 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). (South Towne, 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. The material may be too harsh for a lot of audiences, but stars Kirsten Dunst, Kathleen Turner and James Woods make it very watchable. 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)