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NEW FILMS FRIDAY

HEAD OVER HEELS — Freddie Prinze Jr. reunites with Mark Waters, his "House of Yes" director, for this dark comedy about a woman (Monica Potter) who falls for a man she believes is a serial killer — but who turns out to be something entirely different. PG-13 (vulgarity, violence, profanity, brief sex). (Broadway, Carmike 12, Century, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Ritz, Trolley North.)

LEFT BEHIND — Co-produced by several Christian organizations, this fantasy-thriller (which was originally released on video) looks at the lives of those who have been "left behind" on Earth just days before the apocalypse. Kirk Cameron and real-life wife Chelsea Noble star. PG-13 (violence). (Carmike 12, Ritz, Villa.)

MALENA — Romantic drama set in World War II-era Italy, starring up-and-coming actress Monica Bellucci as a beautiful woman who inspires her fellow villagers. Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore ("Cinema Paradiso"). In Italian, with English subtitles. R (vulgarity, violence, profanity, nudity, sex). (Exclusive, Jordan Commons.)

QUILLS — Always controversial filmmaker Philip Kaufman ("Henry & June") returns with this historical piece, based on Doug Wright's acclaimed stage play about the Marquis de Sade (Geoffrey Rush). Co-stars include Kate Winslet, Joaquin Phoenix and Michael Caine. R (vulgarity, nudity, gore, profanity, sex, violence, torture, attempted rape). (Exclusive, Tower.)

VALENTINE — Horror-thriller, based on the best-selling novel about a group of high school friends who are being stalked by a vengeful former classmate. Marley Shelton, Denise Richards, Katherine Heigl (TV's "Roswell") and David Boreanaz (TV's "Angel") star. R (violence, gore, sex, profanity). (Carmike 12, Century, Gateway, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Ritz, Trolley Corners.)

SNEAK PREVIEWS

SAVING SILVERMAN — Slapstick romantic farce about two men (Steve Zahn and Jack Black) who go to extreme lengths to prevent their best friend (Jason Biggs) from marrying the wrong woman (Amanda Peet). Directed by Dennis Dugan ("Big Daddy"). To be reviewed when it opens next week. PG-13 (slapstick violence, vulgarity, profanity). (Saturday: Century, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing.)

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

AFRICA'S ELEPHANT KINGDOM — Aussie filmmaker Michael Caulfield directed this 40-minute documentary about the huge mammals, which was originally shown in 3-D. Featuring narration by Avery Brooks. Shown in the large-screen format. Not rated, probable G. (Exclusive, Jordan Commons.)

COWBOYS & ANGELS — A special benefit screening of this fantasy-drama (produced and shot locally), which stars Adam Trese as a cowboy wannabe who has to choose between reality and fantasy. Independent film actresses Radha Mitchell ("Pitch Black") and Mia Kirshner co-star as the women in his life. Proceeds from the screening will go to Steve Young's Forever Young Foundation. To be reviewed when the film opens next week. PG (violence). (Thursday, Villa, 7:30 p.m.)

DOLPHINS — *** — A 44-minute underwater dream, suffused with sunlight. Sting (the soundtrack's composer) and Pierce Brosnan (the narrator) are the big names apparently booked to bring crowds to this movie, but a few minutes in and it's clear that they're superfluous. The dolphins are the stars. Shown in the large-screen format. Not rated, probable G (nothing offensive). (Exclusive, Jordan Commons.) (Nov. 24, 2000) — Diane Urbani

EPIC JOURNEYS: THE GREAT MIGRATIONS — The makers of the large-screen documentaries "Africa: The Serengeti" and "Alaska: Spirit of the Wild" return with this 40-minute feature about animal migrations across the globe. Shown in the large-screen format. Not rated, probable G (animal violence). (Jordan Commons.)

GRAND PRIX —** 1/2 — Director John Frankenheimer's bloated, nearly-three-hour drama about the Grand Prix racing circuit sometimes feels as long as an actual race. However, a good cast (which includes James Garner, Eva Marie Saint and Yves Montand) makes it watchable, and some of the race scenes are pretty thrilling. Made before ratings (1966), probable PG (race-car violence). (Jordan Commons.)

LE MANS — *** — The plot's a bit sketchy and the characters are pretty underdeveloped, but director Lee H. Katzin's dramatized look at the Grand Prix racing circuit is exciting and very well-shot (by Rene Guissart Jr. and Robert B. Hauser) and features a good lead performance by Steve McQueen. G (auto-racing violence). (Jordan Commons.)

WORKS FROM ALONG THE WASATCH FRONT — The monthly open-screening program of the Utah Film and Video Center, which includes short cinematic works by local directors, some of whom are having their films exhibited for the first time. The films are not rated but may contain some PG-13 rated material. (Salt Lake Art Center, Friday, 8 p.m.)

CONTINUING FILMS

ALL THE PRETTY HORSES —** 1/2 — More like "Scenes from All the Pretty Horses," Billy Bob Thornton's adaptation of the acclaimed best-seller is a good-looking but superficial Western about young Texans (including Matt Damon) trying to live as cowboys in Mexico after World War II. Too disjointed to be completely successful. Running time: 117 minutes. PG-13 (violence, sex, partial nudity). (Holladay, South Towne.) (Dec. 24, 2000)

ANTITRUST —* 1/2 — This high-tech thriller, starring Ryan Phillippe as a computer programmer, has a promising, relevant premise but gradually lapses into a messy web of cloak-and-dagger contrivance, implausible action, silly plot twists and dumb dialogue. Running time: 108 minutes. PG-13 (violence, profanity). (Holladay, Midvalley, South Towne, Trolley Square.) (Jan. 12, 2001) — David Germain, Associated Press

BEDAZZLED—* 1/2 — Unfunny remake of the 1967 Faustian satire that starred Peter Cook and Dudley Moore. Brendan Fraser is miscast as a nerd who makes a deal with the devil (the even-more-miscast Elizabeth Hurley) to win the woman of his dreams. Running time: 93 minutes. PG-13 (vulgarity, violence, profanity, brief drug use, partial nudity). (Sandy.) (Oct. 20, 2000)

BOUNCE — ** — Even the natural chemistry between on-again, off-again celebrity couple Ben Affleck and Gwyneth Paltrow can't save this contrived romantic drama about the unlikely romance between a widow and the a womanizer who feels responsible for her husband's death. Running time: 104 minutes. PG-13 (profanity, sex, vulgarity). (Kaysville.) (Nov. 17, 2000)

BRING IT ON — *** — Surprisingly clever comedy starring Kirsten Dunst as a cheerleader who panics when an inner-city squad "steals back" her team's routines. A little crude at times, but there are some howlingly funny moments. Running time: 100 minutes. PG-13 (vulgarity, profanity, violence). (Valley Fair.) (Aug. 25, 2000)

CAST AWAY —*** 1/2 — Tom Hanks is superb in this dramatic adventure, which gives him what's possibly his most demanding role to date, that of an obsessive career man who has to reassess his priorities when his plane goes down and he winds up stranded on a desert island. Riveting, though it starts to stumble toward the end. Running time: 132 minutes. PG-13 (gore, profanity, brief vulgarity, brief partial nudity). (Broadway, Carmike 12, Century, Cottonwood, Gateway, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Midvalley, Ritz.) (Dec. 22, 2000)

CHARLIE'S ANGELS — *** — More fun than it has a right to be, this campy TV-to-big-screen adaptation is a fast-paced action-comedy about three sexy P.I.s — Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu — hired to rescue a kidnapped computer genius. Bill Murray steals the show as their goofy mentor. Running time: 92 minutes. PG-13 (violence, vulgarity, partial nudity, profanity). (Kaysville, Sandy, Sugar House, Valley Fair.) (Nov. 3, 2000)

CHOCOLAT —** 1/2 — Filling but unsatisfying comedy/fantasy from director Lasse Hallstrom, adapting the acclaimed novel about a mysterious woman (the always luminous Juliette Binoche) who rankles some in a small French village when she opens a chocolate shop. A good cast helps, but the sometimes inappropriate tone is a distraction. Running time: 121 minutes. PG-13 (profanity, sex, violence, brief vulgarity, brief partial nudity). (Broadway, Century, Holladay, Jordan Landing, Midvalley, South Towne.) (Dec. 22, 2000)

CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON — **** — More than "just" a martial-arts film, director Ang Lee's acclaimed period fantasy is a beautiful-looking, breathtaking and ultimately heartbreaking piece that finally puts veteran Hong Kong performers Michelle Yeoh ("Tomorrow Never Dies") and Chow-Yun Fat ("Anna and the King") on the screen together. Easily the best film of 2000, and arguably the best in the history of the underappreciated genre. In Mandarin, with English subtitles. Running time: 120 minutes. PG-13 (violence, gore, brief sex). (Broadway, Century, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Trolley North.) (Jan. 12, 2001)

DOUBLE TAKE — * — Irritating, unfunny rip-off of "Rush Hour" and other buddy action-comedies, starring 7-Up pitchman Orlando Jones as an investment banker who trades places with a petty thief (Eddie Griffin, from TV's "Malcolm & Eddie"). Both men can be funny, but not with this tiresome shtick. Running time: 88 minutes. PG-13 (violence, profanity). (Holladay, Jordan Landing, Midvalley, South Towne, Trolley Square.) (Jan. 12, 2001)

DUDE, WHERE'S MY CAR? — turkey — This screwball comedy, about two stoners (Ashton Kutcher and Seann William Scott) who wake up to find that their auto is missing, is strenuously unfunny, weak even by the low standards of the genre. Running time: 83 minutes. PG-13 (vulgarity, profanity, slapstick violence, brief partial nudity). (Midvalley, Sandy, South Towne, Sugar House, Valley Fair.) (Dec. 17, 2000) — Chris Hewitt, Knight Ridder

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS — * 1/2 — Ludicrous fantasy-adventure "inspired by" the role-playing game. Awful performances (by Thora Birch and hammy Jeremy Irons as an evil wizard) don't help, nor do the unconvincing digital effects. Running time: 105 minutes. PG-13 (violence, torture, mild profanity, brief gore, mild vulgarity). (Sugar House, Valley Fair.) (Dec. 8, 2000)

THE EMPEROR'S NEW GROOVE —** 1/2 — Boasting one of the most unmemorable story lines and one of the most unlikable heroes (David Spade, as the lead voice) in Disney's history, this animated comedy mines a few laughs in the tale of a spoiled king who is transformed into a llama. But it's still something of a disappointment. Running time: 78 minutes. G (animated violence, mild vulgarity). (Carmike 12, Cottonwood, Gateway, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Midvalley, Ritz.) (Dec. 15, 2000)

THE FAMILY MAN — ** — Despite a terrific performance by Tea Leoni, this fantasy is no "It's a Wonderful Life." Instead, it's a holiday classic wannabe, a treacly fantasy about a self-centered stockbroker (Nicolas Cage) who awakes to find himself in a different reality — one where he's married with kids. Running time: 124 minutes. PG-13 (profanity, veiled nudity, vulgarity). (Holladay, Jordan Landing, Midvalley, Ritz, South Towne.) (Dec. 22, 2000)

FINDING FORRESTER — *** — Producer/star Sean Connery enlivens this tale about the unique friendship between a reclusive author (Connery) and an inner-city athlete (newcomer Robert Brown) with a surprising talent for creative writing. The ending's a little weak, but the performances are good and the dialogue is sharp. Running time: 137 minutes. PG-13 (profanity, vulgarity, brief violence, racial epithets, brief sex). (Carmike 12, Century, Cottonwood, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Ritz, Trolley North.) (Jan. 12, 2001)

THE GIFT —** 1/2 — An unsatisfying conclusion mars this otherwise creepy thriller starring Cate Blanchett as a widow who uses her psychic skills to aid in a murder investigation. Blanchett's great, and Keanu Reeves is surprisingly effective as an abusive redneck. Running time: 112 minutes. R (violence, profanity, nudity, brief gore, brief sex, racial epithets). (Century, Jordan Landing.) (Jan. 19, 2001)

THE LEGEND OF BAGGER VANCE — ** — Director Robert Redford's latest is a good-looking but shallow fantasy about a mysterious caddy (Will Smith) who aids a once-promising golfer (Matt Damon) in a huge tournament. Not nearly as deep as it thinks it is, and nothing really jells here. Running time: 127 minutes. PG-13 (violence, profanity, vulgarity, brief sex). (Avalon, Sandy, Sugar House.) (Nov. 3, 2000)

LITTLE NICKY — * — Dumb and just plain bad, even by Adam Sandler's usual "standards," his latest is a lame comedy about a demon who heads to Earth to stop his brothers from creating Hell on Earth. A few guilty chuckles, but otherwise awful. Running time: 93 minutes. PG-13 (vulgarity, violence, profanity, brief nudity, brief sex, brief drug use). (Sugar House, Valley Fair.) (Nov. 10, 2000)

THE LITTLE VAMPIRE — *** — The first horror film with more "moo" than "boo," this fun and warm children's fantasy, about a small boy who befriends a family of vampires, isn't meant to be scary. Running time: 94 minutes. PG (violence, vulgarity). (Valley Fair.) (Oct. 27, 2000) —Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle

MEET THE PARENTS —** 1/2 — Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro are great as, respectively, a would-be groom and his hard-to-please, would-be father-in-law. But too often the makers of this comedy stoop to cheap gags to get laughs. Running time: 108 minutes. PG-13 (vulgarity, profanity, drugs, sex, nude photos). (Brewvies, must be 21 or older; Kaysville; Sandy; Sugar House; Valley Fair.) (Oct. 6, 2000)

MEN OF HONOR — ** — Cuba Gooding Jr. and Robert De Niro are good in this highly fictionalized drama about Carl Brashear, the U.S. Navy's first black master diver. But the script is horrid, and the all-star supporting cast is reduced to cameos. Running time: 128 minutes. R (profanity, violence, racial epithets, gore, vulgarity). (Sandy, Sugar House.) (Nov. 10, 2000)

MISS CONGENIALITY — ** — Sandra Bullock is funny as an FBI agent who goes undercover at a national beauty pageant. But the film can't decide whether it wants to be a comedy, a thriller or "Pygmalion," and co-star Michael Caine is woefully underused. Running time: 110 minutes. PG-13 (violence, vulgarity, profanity). (Carmike 12, Century, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Midvalley, Ritz.) (Dec. 22, 2000)

O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU? —*** 1/2 — The Coen brothers bounce back nicely from some recent disappointments with this hysterically funny Depression-era comedy, based very loosely on "The Odyssey." The period bluegrass music is terrific, and George Clooney has never been better as he is here, as the fast-talking leader of three prisoners on the lam after escaping escape from a chain gang. Running time: 103 minutes. PG-13 (violence, profanity, torture, racial epithets). (Century, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing.) (Jan. 12, 2001)

102 DALMATIANS — ** — Listless, even dull, sequel to the 1996 hit, with Glenn Close reprising her role as the evil Cruella De Vil. Her animal co-stars are cute, but the film's not nearly funny or fun enough. Running time: 101 minutes. PG (slapstick violence, mild vulgarity). (South Towne.) (Nov. 22, 2000)

PAY IT FORWARD — ** — Perhaps the year's biggest disappointment so far, a too-sentimental drama about a teacher (Kevin Spacey) who challenges his students (including Haley Joel Osment) to make the world a better place. Running time: 122 minutes. PG-13 (profanity, violence, drug use, vulgarity, sex, racial epithets). (Kaysville, Sandy, Sugar House.) (Oct. 20, 2000)

THE PLEDGE — ** — It features yet another terrific performance from Jack Nicholson, but this dramatic thriller from actor-turned-filmmaker Sean Penn is a disappointing, contrived character piece about a just-about-to-retire detective (Nicholson) trying to solve his final case. Running time: 124 minutes. R (profanity, violence, gore, vulgarity, nude artwork). (Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Ritz, Trolley Square.) (Jan. 19. 2001)

PROOF OF LIFE — ** — — A lack of conviction turns this potentially interesting kidnapping thriller into a ho-hum affair, and stars Russell Crowe and Meg Ryan burn at a low level, failing to generate the kind of sparks the two actors have ignited in the tabloid press. Running time: 137 minutes. R (violence, profanity, drugs, torture). (Brewvies, must be 21 or older; Sandy; Sugar House; Valley Fair.) (Dec. 8, 2000) — Robert Denerstein, Scripps Howard

REMEMBER THE TITANS — **** — A movie this corny and predictable shouldn't be this involving, but it features a worthwhile core message and another terrific performance by Denzel Washington, who heads up a football team for a newly "integrated" high school. Running time: 113 minutes. PG (sports violence, racial epithets, mild profanity) (Kaysville, Sandy, Sugar House, Valley Fair.) (Sept. 29, 2000)

REQUIEM FOR A DREAM —*** 1/2 — Difficult to watch but almost as difficult to turn away from, director Darren Aronofsky's follow-up to "Pi" is a graphic but well-acted adaptation of Hubert Selby's novel about drug users struggling with their addictions. Running time: 102 minutes. Not rated, probable NC-17 (drug use, sex, nudity, profanity, violence, vulgarity, gore, racial epithets). (Brewvies, must be 21 or older.) (Dec. 15, 2000)

RUGRATS IN PARIS — THE MOVIE — *** — Surprisingly funny sequel to 1998's surprising animated hit, focusing on Chuckie Finster's efforts to get a new mom. Running time: 74 minutes. G (vulgarity, slapstick violence). (Midvalley.) (Nov. 17, 2000)

SAVE THE LAST DANCE — ** — Formulaic drama about a talented white teen (Julia Stiles) who finds love and and rediscovers her love for dance at an all-black Chicago high school. Running time: 114 minutes PG-13 (profanity, violence, vulgarity, racial epithets, brief sex). (Carmike 12, Century, Gateway, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Ritz.) (Jan. 12, 2001)

SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE — *** — The terrific production design and an even-better performance by Willem Dafoe as the title character enliven this somewhat formulaic, highly fictionalized account of the making of the original silent film "Nosferatu." In color and in black and white. Running time: 89 minutes. R (violence, profanity, nudity, drug use, vulgarity, brief gore). (Broadway, Century, Jordan Commons.) (Jan. 26, 2001)

SNATCH —** 1/2 — Director Guy Ritchie's follow-up to "Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels" is a little too similar to its ultraviolent, darkly comedic predecessor. But Brad Pitt is very funny as a Gypsy brawler. Running time: 103 minutes. R (profanity, violence, vulgarity, gore, ethnic slurs, nudity, torture). (Century, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Ritz.) (Jan. 19, 2001)

SUGAR & SPICE —* 1/2 — Shrill, one-note comedy about a cheerleading squad (including Marley Shelton and Mena Suvari) that robs a bank to aid a pregnant squad member. Running time: 82 minutes. PG-13 (profanity, vulgarity, violence, nude artwork). (Carmike 12, Century, Gateway, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Ritz.) (Jan. 26, 2001)

THIRTEEN DAYS — *** — Sure, the outcome of the story is already known to most of us, but this political thriller about the Cuban missile crisis, starring Kevin Costner as one of the Kennedy administration's beleaguered advisers, is surprisingly tense. Co-stars Bruce Greenwood and Steven Culp, who play the late president and his brother, respectively, steal the show. In color and in black and white. Running time: 145 minutes. PG-13 (profanity, violence, vulgarity). (Carmike 12, Century, Cottonwood, Gateway, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Ritz.) (Jan. 12, 2001)

TRAFFIC — **** — Well-acted, riveting ensemble thriller centering on an Ohio Supreme Court justice (Michael Douglas) who's been nominated as the country's new drug czar. The cast is terrific, and the script is intelligent — at least until the final third. Running time: 147 minutes. R (drug use, violence, profanity, sex, nudity, torture, vulgarity). (Broadway, Century, Jordan Landing, Ritz, South Towne.) (Jan. 5, 2000)

UNBREAKABLE —** 1/2 — A particularly weak ending mars director M. Night Shyamalan's otherwise fascinating follow-up to "The Sixth Sense," a fantasy-thriller about the sole survivor of a train crash (Bruce Willis), who discovers he may have unearthly powers. Running time: 107 minutes. PG-13 (violence, profanity, vulgarity). (South Towne.) (Nov. 22, 2000)

VERTICAL LIMIT —** 1/2 — Forget the silly plot for this mountain-climbing action-thriller and instead concentrate on the action sequences (including one shot in Moab). Chris O'Donnell , Robin Tunney and Scott Glenn star. Running time: 126 minutes. PG-13 (violence, profanity, vulgarity, drugs, brief gore). (Holladay, Jordan Landing, Kaysville, Midvalley, South Towne, Trolley Square.) (Dec. 8, 2000)

THE WEDDING PLANNER — ** — Bland, strained romantic comedy starring Jennifer Lopez as the title character, who is torn between love and her career when she falls for the fiance (Matthew McConaughey) of her newest client. Running time: 100 minutes. PG-13 (vulgarity, profanity, nude artwork, slapstick violence). (Carmike 12, Century, Cottonwood, Gateway, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Ritz, Trolley Corners.) (Jan. 26, 2001)

WES CRAVEN PRESENTS: DRACULA 2000 — turkey — In the hands of newcomer Patrick Lussier, Bram Stoker's classic horror tale becomes a thudding, suspense-free montage of unshocking shock effects and more severed heads than were toppled during the French Revolution. Running time: 99 minutes. R (violence, profanity, gore, sex, drugs, partial nudity, vulgarity). (Midvalley, South Towne.) (Dec. 26, 2000) — Stephen Holden, New York Times News Service

WHAT WOMEN WANT —** 1/2 — Erratic, somewhat crude and definitely overlong romantic comedy/fantasy that's redeemed somewhat by star Mel Gibson, who's a howl as a male chauvinist who accidentally acquires the power to read women's minds. Running time: 126 minutes. PG-13 (vulgarity, profanity, sex, brief drug use). (Carmike 12, Gateway, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Midvalley, Ritz.) (Dec. 15, 2000)