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NEW FILMS FRIDAY

15 MINUTES — Thriller about a homicide detective (Robert De Niro) and an arson investigator (Ed Burns) who team up to stop a pair of East European killers who have become fame-obsessed. Kelsey Grammer and Melina Kanakaredes (TV's "Providence") co-star. R (violence, profanity, gore, nudity, brief sex, brief vulgarity). (Broadway, Carmike 12, Century, Cottonwood, Gateway, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Midvalley, Ritz.)

GET OVER IT — Romantic comedy starring Ben Foster ("Liberty Heights") as a teen trying to recover from his latest heartbreak. Kirsten Dunst co-stars as his new love interest, while musician Sisqo makes his acting debut. Not screened for critics; to be reviewed next week. PG-13 (vulgarity, profanity, sex, slapstick violence). (Broadway, Carmike 12, Century, Gateway, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Ritz.)

HEARTBREAKERS — Dark comedy starring Sigourney Weaver and Jennifer Love Hewitt as the title characters, a mother/daughter con team that targets wealthy men. Their targets include Gene Hackman, Ray Liotta and Jason Lee. To be reviewed when it opens March 23. PG-13 (profanity, vulgarity, sex, violence). (Saturday: Century, Jordan Commons.)

MIDNIGHT MOVIES

MYSTERY TRAIN —*** 1/2 — Director Jim Jarmusch's 1990 cult film is an offbeat but amusing character study set in Memphis, with story lines about Japanese music fans and an Englishman with an unfortunate resemblance to the King himself. Probably Jarmusch's most underrated film and certainly one of his best. R (profanity, violence, nudity, vulgarity). (Tower, Friday and Saturday.)

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.)

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: JOURNEY OF MAN —*** 1/2 — A vista of sheer beauty, the kind that mesmerizes your children and seduces adults into a warm visual bath. The images wash over you for 38 minutes — and the less you think and analyze, the better. Three routines by the Montreal-based circus troupe, which symbolize the birth of mankind. Narrated by Ian McKellen. Shown in the large-screen format. G (nothing offensive). (Jordan Commons.) (March 2, 2001) — 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.)

INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE — *** — It's not as good as the first in the series, but the third Indiana Jones film benefits from the unique chemistry between star Harrison Ford and Sean Connery, co-starring as Indy's long-estranged father, who aids him in a quest for the Holy Grail. Still a lot of fun, though the villains and stunts aren't quite as memorable this time around. Originally released in 1989. PG-13 (violence, profanity). (Jordan Commons.)

RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK — **** — The first and best of the three Indiana Jones films is a nearly nonstop thrill-ride as the archeologist/adventurer (Harrison Ford) has to prevent Nazis from uncovering a biblical relic that may give them unstoppable power. Besides the great action sequences, there's romance and well-timed humor, which helps make this film an all-time classic. Originally released in 1981. PG (violence, profanity, brief gore). (Jordan Commons.)

RETURN TO THE SECRET GARDEN — ** — Unofficial sequel to "The Secret Garden," featuring a worthwhile message about the value of friendships. But it's a pretty uncompelling piece about a 9-year-old American girl who works together with her sickly British cousin to solve a mystery. Running time: 90 minutes. G. (Jordan Landing, Friday and Saturday.) (Aug. 25, 2000)

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). (Sugar House.) (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). (Valley Fair.) (Jan. 12, 2001) — David Germain, Associated Press

BEST IN SHOW — *** — Filmmaker Christopher Guest's long-awaited follow-up to "Waiting for Guffman" has some very funny sequences, but it also has some mean-spirited notions about dog owners, who are spoofed in this mockumentary. Fred Willard steals the show as a befuddled color commentator. Running time: 89 minutes. PG-13 (vulgarity, profanity). (Brewvies, must be 21 or older; Sugar House.) (Oct. 13, 2000)

BILLY ELLIOT — *** — This low-key British comedy-drama is a showcase for newcomer Jamie Bell, who impresses as the title character, a coal miner's son who must conceal his love of ballet dancing from his financially strapped family. Some harsh language, but a rousing, feel-good movie. Nominated for three Academy Awards. Running time: 110 minutes. R (profanity, violence, vulgarity, brief partial nudity). (Kaysville.) (Nov. 10, 2000)

BLOW DRY — ** — Only sporadically amusing comedy about an embittered English hairdresser (Alan Rickman) who comes out of retirement to help save his town and his family. Too predictable, not nearly funny enough and the cast (which includes Natasha Richardson, Rachael Leigh Cook and Josh Hartnett) looks a bit embarrassed. Running time: 93 minutes. R (profanity, nudity, vulgarity, brief violence). (Exclusive, Tower.) (March 7, 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). (Sandy, Sugar House.) (Nov. 17, 2000)

CAST AWAY —*** 1/2 — Oscar nominee 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). (Carmike 12, Century, 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). (Sugar House.) (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. Nominated for five Academy Awards. Running time: 121 minutes. PG-13 (profanity, sex, violence, brief vulgarity, brief partial nudity). (Broadway, Carmike 12, Century, Gateway, Jordan Landing, Midvalley.) (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. Nominated for 10 Academy Awards. 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)

DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS —** 1/2 — As the title character, Jim Carrey steals the show, or more accurately, saves this live-action version of the holiday classic from becoming too overbearing. Despite some imaginative designs, his one-man-show is the real draw here. Running time: 102 minutes. PG (slapstick violence, mild vulgarity, one profanity). (Kaysville, Sandy, Valley Fair.) (Nov. 17, 2000)

DOWN TO EARTH — ** — Even Chris Rock can't save this misbegotten remake of "Heaven Can Wait," in which he stars as an unsuccessful comedian who dies and then is reborn into the body of a rich Manhattan mogul. The only time it comes to life is when Rock is onstage. Running time: 88 minutes. PG-13 (profanity, violence, vulgarity, brief sex, racial epithets). (Broadway, Carmike 12, Century, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Midvalley, Ritz.) (Feb. 16, 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). (Valley Fair.) (Dec. 17, 2000) — Chris Hewitt, Knight Ridder

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). (Midvalley.) (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 wanna-be, a treacly fantasy about a self-centered stock broker (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). (Midvalley, Sandy, Sugar House, Valley Fair.) (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). (Century, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing.) (Jan. 12, 2001)

HANNIBAL — ** — Nauseating and surprisingly dull sequel to "The Silence of the Lambs," with Anthony Hopkins reprising his Oscar-winning role as the serial-killing title character. Hopkins is fine, but the emphasis is on gore and Julianne Moore seems to be imitating Jodie Foster, whom she replaces in the role of FBI Special Agent Clarice Starling. Running time: 133 minutes. R (gore, violence, brief profanity, brief vulgarity, nude artwork, brief drug use). (Carmike 12, Century, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Midvalley, Ritz, Trolley Corners.) (Feb. 9, 2001)

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). (Sandy, Sugar House.) (Oct. 6, 2000)

THE MEXICAN —*** 1/2 — Not the romantic comedy it appears to be, but a violent, darkly comic thriller starring Brad Pitt as a small-time crook trying to recover a cursed revolver and recover his kidnapped girlfriend (Julia Roberts). Some very funny moments, though some may be put off by the violence and language. In English and Spanish, with English subtitles. Running time: 123 minutes. R (violence, profanity, gore, vulgarity). (Carmike 12, Century, Gateway, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Midvalley, Ritz, Trolley Corners, Villa.) (March 2, 2001)

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, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Midvalley, Ritz.) (Dec. 22, 2000)

MONKEYBONE —* 1/2 — Director Henry Selick blatantly attempts to copy the style of his mentor, Tim Burton, with this lowbrow, live-action/animation hybrid about an animator (Brendan Fraser) whose creation takes on a life of its own. Crude, frenetic and unfunny. Running time: 91 minutes. PG-13 (vulgarity, violence, profanity, sex, nudity, brief gore). (Jordan Landing, Trolley North.) (Feb. 23, 2001)

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). (Kaysville, Sandy, Sugar House, Valley Fair.) (Nov. 22, 2000)

RECESS: SCHOOL'S OUT —** 1/2 — This animated feature, based on the popular Saturday morning cartoon, is acceptable kids fare, though adults may be bored. In it, the elementary school students try to foil a madman's plan to end the summer vacation. The voice cast includes Dabney Coleman and James Woods. Running time: 83 minutes. G (violence, mild profanity). (Carmike 12, Century, Cottonwood, Gateway, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Midvalley, Ritz.) (Feb. 16, 2001)

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.) (Sept. 29, 2000)

RUGRATS IN PARIS — THE MOVIE — *** — Surprisingly funny sequel to 1998's surprising animated hit, focusing is on Chuckie Finster's efforts to get a new mom. Too much potty humor, but guest voice Susan Sarandon is a hoot as one particularly evil, potential mother. Running time: 74 minutes. G (vulgarity, slapstick violence). (Kaysville, Sandy, Valley Fair.) (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. Stiles and co-star Sean Patrick Thomas give it their all, but the material is too heavy-handed and there's not enough dancing to save it. Running time: 114 minutes PG-13 (profanity, violence, vulgarity, racial epithets, brief sex). (Jordan Landing, Ritz.) (Jan. 12, 2001)

SAVING SILVERMAN —** 1/2 — It's crude and mean-spirited, but this farce benefits from funny performances by Steve Zahn and Jack Black, playing two losers trying to prevent their best friend (Jason Biggs) from marrying the wrong woman (Amanda Peet). Running time: 93 minutes. PG-13 (slapstick violence, vulgarity, nudity, profanity, brief drug use). (Cottonwood, Jordan Landing, Trolley North.) (Feb. 9, 2001)

SEE SPOT RUN —* 1/2 — Crude, mean-spirited humor trying to pass itself off as family entertainment, with the painfully unfunny David Arquette starring as a mailman who unwittingly takes in a police dog that's in the witness-protection program. The few sweet moments don't even come close to outweighing the more objectionable ones. Running time: 95 minutes. PG (vulgarity, violence, profanity). (Carmike 12, Century, Cottonwood, Gateway, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Midvalley, Ritz, Trolley Corners.) (March 2, 2001)

SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE — *** — The terrific production design and an even-better performance by Oscar nominee 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). (Brewvies, must be 21 or older.) (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 ultra-violent, darkly comedic predecessor. But Brad Pitt is very funny as a Gypsy brawler, and there's some inspired mayhem among the mean-spiritedness. Running time: 103 minutes. R (profanity, violence, vulgarity, gore, ethnic slurs, nudity, torture). (Brewvies, must be 21 or older.) (Jan. 19, 2001)

SWEET NOVEMBER — ** — Dull remake of the 1968 romantic drama, featuring one of Keanu Reeves' worst-ever performances, this time as a career-driven ad exec who is made over by an unorthodox young woman (Charlize Theron). Makes the original look like a masterpiece. Running time: 124 minutes. PG-13 (profanity, sex, brief vulgarity, brief nudity). (Carmike 12, Cottonwood, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Midvalley, Ritz.) (Feb. 16, 2001)

3000 MILES TO GRACELAND —* 1/2 — Despite the misleading trailers, this caper thriller is more violent than humorous. It also wastes the talents of its all-star cast, which includes Kurt Russell and Kevin Costner, starring as ex-cons who pull off a robbery during an Elvis convention in Las Vegas. There's not nearly enough Elvis music, either. Running time: 125 minutes. R (violence, profanity, gore, sex, vulgarity, brief partial nudity) (Carmike 12, Century, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Ritz, Trolley North.) (Feb. 23, 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, when some rather convenient plotting gets in the way of the story. Running time: 147 minutes. Nominated for five Academy Awards. R (drug use, violence, profanity, sex, nudity, torture, vulgarity). (Broadway, Century, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Ritz.) (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). (Kaysville, Sandy, Sugar House, Valley Fair.) (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), which make simple acts like breathing and drinking liquids seem dangerous. Chris O'Donnell , Robin Tunney and Scott Glenn star. Running time: 126 minutes. PG-13 (violence, profanity, vulgarity, drugs, brief gore). (Kaysville, Sandy, Sugar House, Valley Fair.) (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. Not unwatchable, but not particularly memorable either. Running time: 100 minutes. PG-13 (vulgarity, profanity, nude artwork, slapstick violence). (Carmike 12, Century, Gateway, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Midvalley, Ritz.) (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). (Sandy, Sugar House, Valley Fair.) (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). (Midvalley, Ritz.) (Dec. 15, 2000)