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NEW FILMS FRIDAY

GOSFORD PARK — This Robert Altman comedy-mystery was originally scheduled to open last Friday. Consequently, a review appeared in last week's Weekend section. See "Continuing films" below for a capsule review.

ORANGE COUNTY — Veteran comic actors (including John Lithgow, Lily Tomlin, Chevy Chase and Catherine O'Hara) join young up-and-comers (such as Jack Black) for this comedy about the unsuccessful attempts by a high school student (Colin Hanks) to get into Stanford. PG-13 (profanity, vulgarity, drug use, slapstick violence, brief sex, brief partial nudity). (Broadway, Carmike 12, Century, Cottonwood, Gateway, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Ritz.)

RE-RELEASES

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST — **** — Disney's wondrous, Oscar-nominated 1991 animated musical has been remastered (both the picture and color) and "blown up" for the large-format screen for this 10th anniversary re-release. The new musical number, "Human Again," only adds to the splendor of one of the studio's all-time classics. G (violence). (Exclusive, Jordan Commons.)

SPECIAL SCREENINGSS

DESK SET — *** — It's not their best, but the sparks between Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn add life to this widescreen color comedy — based on the stage play about strife at a television network. Co-star Joan Blondell nearly steals the movie out from under them. Made before ratings (1957), probable G (nothing offensive). (Jordan Commons.)

OUR HOSPITALITY — *** — Another solid Buster Keaton outing, this 1923 comedy is loosely based on the much-storied Hatfields and McCoys feud, with Old Stoneface being an unwilling participant. In black and white. Featuring musical accompaniment by Blaine Gale. Made before ratings, probable G (slapstick violence). (Organ Loft, Friday, 7:30 p.m.)

SHACKLETON'S ANTARCTIC ADVENTURE —*** 1/2 — This exploration of Ernest Shackleton's treacherous expedition into the Antarctic wilds is akin to interplanetary travel, with its vistas of the unearthly land- and seascapes surrounding the South Pole. Narrated by Kevin Spacey. In black and white and color. Shown in the large-screen format. Not rated, probable G. (Jordan Commons, Saturday and Sunday.) (Aug. 26, 2001) — Diane Urbani

SHANE — **** — One of the greatest Westerns of the '50s — or of any era — starring Alan Ladd as the title character, a mysterious stranger who helps defend homesteaders against some shady cattlemen (including a never-better Jack Palance as the bad guys' hired gun). Made before ratings, probable PG (violence). (Jordan Commons.)

THE 2002 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL — The grandfather of all Sundance festival alternatives, now celebrating its seventh year, kicks off its schedule of independently made fare this week with screenings at the Park City Silver Mine, as well as Brewvies Cinema Pub in Salt Lake City. Film schedules are available at both screening venues. (Through Jan. 17: Brewvies, must be 21 or older.)

THE 2002 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL — The "Cannes of the West" kicks off its 21st year with a series of screenings of independently made dramas, comedies, documentaries, short films and other oddities, which will be shown at a variety of locations in Park City, Ogden and the Sundance resort in Provo Canyon, as well as the Sugar House Movies 10, Tower Theatre and Trolley Corners Cinemas in Salt Lake City. An online film guide with detailed show listings is available on the official festival Web site www.sundance.org. (Through Jan. 20: Sugar House, Tower, Trolley Corners.)

THE 2002 TROMADANCE FILM FESTIVAL — The makers of such low-budget cult films as the "Toxic Avenger" series, "Class of Nuke 'em High," "Tromeo & Juliet" and other, tongue-in-cheek works put their own unique spin on the festival season with this free series of screenings in Park City and at Brewvies Cinema Pub in Salt Lake City. Most of the films are either R-rated or are not rated, and usually contain strong violent and/or sexual content. (Wednesday only: Brewvies, must be 21 or older.)

CONTINUING FILMS

ALI —** 1/2 — Will Smith's performance is terrific as the legendary prize fighter and folk hero, but Michael Mann's superficial biographical drama doesn't really do its subject justice. Running time: 157 minutes. R (violence, gore, profanity, vulgarity, sex, racial epithets). (Carmike 12, Century, Holladay, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Megaplex 12, Ritz.) (Dec. 25, 2001)

AMELIE — **** — Sure it's a bit off-beat (there are some unfortunate R-rated moments as well), but French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet's comedy/fantasy is also clearly the best foreign film released this year. It's a delightful whimsy about a young woman (star-in-the-making Audrey Tatou) who meddles in the lives of others while neglecting her own personal affairs. In French, with English subtitles. Running time: 120 minutes. R (nudity, sex, profanity, brief violence). (Broadway.) (Nov. 9, 2001)

BANDITS — *** 1/2 — It runs out of steam about two-thirds of the way in, but this darkly comic caper still manages to charm, thanks its stellar cast — including stars Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thornton, playing bank robbers who squabble over a hostage (Cate Blanchett). Not perfect, but funny and smart. Running time: 125 minutes. PG-13 (violence, profanity, gore, vulgarity, brief sex). (Kaysville, Sandy, Showcase, Sugar House, Valley Fair.) (Oct. 12, 2001)

A BEAUTIFUL MIND — ** — An intellectually dishonest and highly fictional adaptation of Sylvia Nasar's best-selling biography of troubled, Nobel Prize-winning mathematician John Forbes Nash Jr. (Russell Crowe). Even the talented cast can't save this one. Running time: 129 minutes. PG-13 (violence, profanity, vulgarity, brief sex, racial epithets). (Carmike 12, Century, Holladay, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Megaplex 12, Ritz, Trolley North.) (Dec. 25, 2001)

BEHIND ENEMY LINES — ** — This military thriller has a few exciting sequences, but it's ham-fisted and preposterous, and comic actor Owen Wilson isn't convincing as a U.S. Navy pilot shot down in enemy territory. Running time: 108 minutes. PG-13 (violence, profanity, gore, vulgarity). (Century, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Trolley Corners.) (Nov. 30, 2001)

BLACK KNIGHT — * — Possibly the most painful adaptation of Mark Twain's much-filmed (in various forms) fantasy tale, with a never-more-unfunny Martin Lawrence playing the modern man sent back in time to a medieval kingdom. Running time: 93 minutes. PG-13 (profanity, vulgarity, violence). (Kaysville, Sugar House, Valley Fair.) (Nov. 21, 2001)

CORKY ROMANO — * — Unfunny "Saturday Night Live" performer Chris Kattan stars as the title character of this stupid comedy, which feels like a protracted "SNL" skit. Pity Peter Falk, slumming as Corky's long-estranged, mob-boss father. Running time: 85 minutes. PG-13 (violence, vulgarity, profanity, drug use, torture, ethnic slurs). (Kaysville, Sandy, Sugar House, Valley Fair.) (Oct. 12, 2001)

GOSFORD PARK — **** — Venerable director Robert Altman's best film in many, many years is a scathing class comedy/mystery/drama about a murder that occurs during a party at a guest house in London. The first-rate cast includes Emily Watson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ryan Phillippe and Maggie Smith, who's hilarious in a supporting turn. Running time: 137 minutes. R (violence, profanity, brief gore, brief sex, vulgarity). (Century, Megaplex 12.) (Jan. 4, 2002)

HARDBALL — ** — By-the-number, touchy-feely drama, based on the real-life story of an unrepentant gambler (Keanu Reeves) who became the coach of an inner-city little league team. Too manipulative, and Reeves' performance is awful. Running time: 112 minutes. PG-13 (profanity, violence, vulgarity, brief gore, brief drug use). (Valley Fair.) (Sept. 14, 2001)

HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE — *** — This big-budgeted adaptation of the first of J.K. Rowling's best-selling children's novels is perfectly cast — especially with newcomer Daniel Radcliffe starring as the young wizard-in-training. But some of the magic is missing, and it's too long for neophytes. Still, Potter-philes will be pleased. Running time: 153 minutes. PG (violence, mild profanity, mild vulgarity). (Carmike 12, Century, Cottonwood, Gateway, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Megaplex 12, Ritz.) (Nov. 16, 2001)

HEIST— ** 1/2 — This ensemble dramatic thriller, written and directed by David Mamet, often outsmarts itself with too many twists. Still, the cast is good, especially Gene Hackman, who stars as a professional thief pressured into committing one last job. Running time: 109 minutes. R (profanity, violence, brief gore, racial epithets, vulgarity, brief drugs). (Sandy.) (Nov. 9. 2001)

HOW HIGH — * — No amount of the most mind-altering drug could make this alleged comedy — a would-be, black version of "Animal House" starring rappers Redman and Method Man — funny. Running time: 94 minutes. R (drug use, profanity, vulgarity, nudity, sex, violence, racial epithets). (Jordan Landing, Ritz.) (Dec. 21, 2001) — Christy Lemire, Associated Press

IMPOSTOR —* 1/2 — A dud of a thriller impersonating a tale by science fiction author Philip K. Dick (whose works inspired "Blade Runner" and "Total Recall"). Even the usually steady Gary Sinise, playing a man accused of being a renegade android, is awful. Running time: 95 minutes. PG-13 (violence, gore, profanity, drugs, sex, torture, vulgarity, brief partial nudity). (Carmike 12, Century, Holladay, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Ritz, Trolley North.) (Jan. 4, 2002)

IN THE BEDROOM — *** — Great lead performances by Sissy Spacek and Tom Wilkinson (both of whom are being touted for Oscars) highlight this tense little drama about a couple grieving over the death of their college-age son. The turn towards revenge thriller at the end is a little off-putting, but the acting is terrific. Running time: 130 minutes. R (violence, profanity, vulgarity). (Broadway, Century.) (Jan. 4, 2002)

JIMMY NEUTRON: BOY GENIUS —** 1/2 — An animated feature starring the kid with big hair who's been playing havoc with Nickelodeon's programming. Frankly, the concept works better on television. Running time: 84 minutes. G (slapstick violence, mild vulgarity). (Carmike 12, Century, Cottonwood, 5-Star, Gateway, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Megaplex 12, Ritz.) (Dec. 21, 2001) — Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News

JOE SOMEBODY — ** — Tim Allen has rarely been as charmless as he is in this leaden comedy, about a picked-on man (Tim Allen) who decides to fight back after being bullied on Bring Your Daughter to Work Day. Running time: 98 minutes. PG (violence, profanity, vulgarity). (Jordan Landing.) (Dec. 21, 2001)

KATE & LEOPOLD — ** — Hugh Jackman is charming as a time-lost 19th-century nobleman romancing a 21st-century career woman. But Meg Ryan is simply phoning this one in. Running time: 115 minutes. PG-13 (profanity, vulgarity). (Carmike 12, Century, Cottonwood, 5-Star, Gateway, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Megaplex 12, Ritz.) (Dec. 25, 2001)

K-PAX — ** — Despite fine performances by Jeff Bridges and, especially, Kevin Spacey, playing a homeless man who claims to be an extraterrestrial, this drama is too muddled and borrows too heavily from other, better films. Running time: 115 minutes. PG-13 (profanity, violence, drugs, brief gore, vulgarity) (Kaysville, Sandy, Showcase, Valley Fair.) (Oct. 26, 2001)

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING — **** — New Zealand director Peter Jackson's big-budgeted adaptation of the first of the much-read fantasy trilogy is also the year's best, an awe-inspiring, thrilling adventure with plenty of "Wow!" moments. Also, the all-star cast (which includes Elijah Wood, Sir Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler and Christopher Lee) is top to bottom excellent. Running time: 178 minutes. PG-13 (violence, gore). (Carmike 12, Century, 5-Star, Gateway, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Megaplex 12, Ritz, Villa.) (Dec. 19, 2001)

THE MAJESTIC —** 1/2 — Filmmaker Frank Darabont's attempt at a Capra-esque fable is too long and too ambitious, though Jim Carrey is solid as a blacklisted Hollywood writer who becomes a theater owner after a car wreck causes him to lose his memory. Running time: 152 minutes. PG (profanity, violence). (Carmike 12, Century, 5-Star, Gateway, Holladay, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Ritz, Trolley Corners.) (Dec. 21, 2001)

THE MAN WHO WASN'T THERE — *** — The latest from the Coen brothers is an uneven but oddball noir thriller about a barber (Billy Bob Thornton) blackmailing his wife's lover. The performances are strong, the photography and production design handsome, both of which compensate for the sometimes sketchy plotting. In black and white. Running time: 116 minutes. R (profanity, violence, brief gore, racial epithets, vulgarity, brief sex). (Broadway.) (Nov. 30, 2001)

MAX KEEBLE'S BIG MOVE — * 1/2 — An unfunny movie packaged as a comedy that hopes to make a few bucks at the box office on its way to too many replays on the Disney Channel. Alex D. Linz ("Home Alone 3") stars. Running time: 86 minutes. PG (slapstick violence, vulgarity). (Valley Fair.) (Oct. 5, 2001) — Valerie Kuklenski, Los Angeles Daily News

MONSTERS, INC. — **** — The Disney-Pixar teaming strikes it rich again with this hilarious, digitally-animated comedy about the mishaps that occur when a little girl wanders into an alternate universe populated by monsters. The voice performers (who include Billy Crystal and John Goodman) have a ball, and so will audiences. Running time: 92 minutes. G (slapstick violence, mild vulgarity). (Century, Gateway, Jordan Landing, Megaplex 12, Ritz.) (Nov. 2, 2001)

MULHOLLAND DRIVE — *** — It won't convert any newcomers, but the latest from always enigmatic director David Lynch should delight his longtime fans. This noir mystery/thriller (which began as a TV pilot) is classic Lynch, full of head-scratching moments but enjoyable dark humor as well. Running time: 146 minutes. R (violence, nudity, profanity, sex, brief gore). (Brewvies, must be 21 or older.) (Oct. 19, 2001)

NOT ANOTHER TEEN MOVIE — * — Unfunny, tasteless sendup of the glut of teen-oriented films, including spoofs of "Bring it On," among many others. Even a promising Molly Ringwald cameo and gag falls flat. Running time: 82 minutes. R (vulgarity, profanity, violence, nudity, sex, brief drug use, brief gore, racial epithets). (Cottonwood, Jordan Landing.) (Dec. 14, 2001)

OCEAN'S ELEVEN — *** — Director Steven Soderberg's all-star remake of the 1960 Rat Pack heist picture is a little shaky, materialwise, but it is fun to see George Clooney interacting with Brad Pitt and the others, and the script is pretty witty. Running time: 116 minutes. PG-13 (profanity, violence, vulgarity, racial epithets, nude artwork). (Carmike 12, Century, Holladay, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Megaplex 12, Ritz, Trolley North.) (Dec. 7, 2001)

THE ONE —** — Once you get past the "Matrix" trickery and the martial-arts action, this sci-fi-/thriller is little more than a thinly veiled rip-off of "Timecop" and the "Highlander" movies. And star Jet Li never gets enough time to show what he can do. Running time: 80 minutes. PG-13 (violence, profanity, brief gore, brief vulgarity). (Sandy, Showcase, Sugar House, Valley Fair.) (Nov. 2, 2001)

THE OTHER SIDE OF HEAVEN — ** 1/2 — Handsome-looking but too superficial drama, based on the harrowing real-life experiences of an LDS general authority when he was a teenager serving a mission to the Kingdom of Tonga. A good cast, including Anne Hathaway ("The Princess Diaries"), helps, but it's a little too squeaky-clean for its own good. Running time: 113 minutes. PG (violence, vulgarity, brief gore). (Broadway, Carmike 12, 5-Star, Gateway, Holladay, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Ritz.) (Dec. 14, 2001)

RAT RACE — * — Director Jerry Zucker's all-star screwball comedy is a "Bad Bad Bad Bad Rip-off" of "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World," with one painfully unfunny gag after another. Running time: 108 minutes. PG-13 (slapstick violence, vulgarity, profanity, brief partial nudity). (Sandy.) (Aug. 17, 2001)

RIDING IN CARS WITH BOYS — ** — Drew Barrymore is miscast as colorful author Beverly Donofrio in this comedy-drama, which makes her seem extremely unsympathetic. Co-star Steve Zahn impresses as her drug-addicted husband, though. Running time: 123 minutes. PG-13 (profanity, sex, drug use, vulgarity). (Showcase, Sugar House, Valley Fair.) (Oct. 19, 2001)

THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS — **** — Sure it's quirky, but director Wes Anderson's third film is also his richest and funniest. It's a comedy about a family patriarch (a never-better Gene Hackman) striving to reconnect with his estranged children (including Gwyneth Paltrow and Ben Stiller). Running time: 108 minutes. R (profanity, violence, drugs, brief sex, vulgarity, brief nudity, brief gore, racial epithets). (Century, Jordan Commons, Megaplex 12.) (Jan. 4, 2002)

SERENDIPITY — ** 1/2 — This uneven but watchable romantic comedy stars John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale as two would-be lovers who leave their relationship up to fate. Hilarious co-stars Jeremy Piven and Eugene Levy steal the film. Running time: 90 minutes. PG-13 (profanity, sex, vulgarity, brief slapstick violence). (Kaysville, Sandy, Showcase, Sugar House.) (Oct. 5, 2001)

SHALLOW HAL — *** — The Farrelly brothers' much-maligned, "weight-ist" comedy is actually a sweet, funny piece about an arrogant twentysomething (comic character actor Jack Black) who falls in love with a "plus-sized" woman (Gwyneth Paltrow in disguise) after being hypnotized into seeing her "inner beauty." Running time: 113 minutes. PG-13 (vulgarity, profanity, sex). (Brewvies, must be 21 or older; Kaysville; Sandy; Showcase; Sugar House; Valley Fair.) (Nov. 9, 2001)

SPY GAME — ** 1/2 — Robert Redford and Redford-for-the-New-Millennium Brad Pitt make this style-over-substance spy thriller better just by being in it. The rather convoluted plot is full of holes, though, and Tony Scott overdirects as usual. Running time: 126 minutes. R (profanity, violence, sex). (Jordan Landing.) (Nov. 21, 2001)

THIR13EN GHOSTS — * — Even showman William Castle couldn't salvage this gory remake of his cult horror film about a family trapped in a mansion with murderous spirits. Good production design, but that's about it. Running time: 91 minutes. R (violence, gore, profanity, nudity, brief drugs, vulgarity). (Sugar House, Valley Fair.) (Oct. 26, 2001)

VANILLA SKY — ** — Director Cameron Crowe's enigmatic romantic fantasy-thriller doesn't do justice to its source material, the 1997 Spanish-language film "Open Your Eyes." Also, Tom Cruise is too showy and not very charismatic as the central character. Running time: 134 minutes. R (profanity, violence, sex, brief nudity, vulgarity, drugs, brief gore). (Carmike 12, Century, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Megaplex 12, Ritz.) (Dec. 14, 2001)

WAKING LIFE — *** 1/2 — You'll be better off thinking of this oddity more as an animated philosophy lesson and less as an animated feature. Still, it's a lot better than that sounds — it's a fascinating, thought-provoking piece featuring live-action scenes that were imaginatively "re-painted" by computer. Running time: 97 minutes. R (profanity, vulgarity, brief violence, brief gore, brief drugs). (Brewvies, must be 21 or older.) (Nov. 16, 2001)

ZOOLANDER — *** — A surprisingly funny star vehicle for co-screenwriter and director Ben Stiller, who reprises his role as a dim-witted male supermodel brainwashed into becoming an assassin. Owen Wilson makes a strong bid to steal the film. Running time: 90 minutes. PG-13 (vulgarity, violence, profanity, brief sex, nude artwork). (Sandy, Sugar House.) (Sept. 28, 2001)