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ABOUT SCHMIDT — The makers of "Election" have taken great liberties with Louis Begley's best seller about a deeply unhappy widower (Jack Nicholson) trying to repair his personal relationships. Hope Davis and Dermot Mulroney co-star. R (profanity, vulgarity, brief nudity, brief violence, brief drugs, brief sex). (Century, Jordan Commons.)

CHICAGO — Renee Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones star as the musical murderesses in this big-screen adaptation of the Tony Award-winning Broadway show. The supporting cast includes Richard Gere and Queen Latifah. PG-13 (vulgarity, profanity, violence, brief sex, ethnic slurs). (Century, Jordan Commons, Megaplex 12.)

MAD LOVE (JUANA LA LOCA) — The title of this period drama refers to a 15th century Spanish princess whose love for her philandering husband drove her mad and nearly destroyed her kingdom. In Spanish, with English subtitles. R (sex, nudity, vulgarity, brief violence, profanity). (Tower.)

RE-RELEASES

THE LION KING — **** — Disney's most popular animated film, the 1994 musical comedy/drama starring the voices of Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane and Jeremy Irons, is being re-released exclusively in theaters with 70mm screens. It's still good stuff, filled with top-notch animation, voice performances and musical numbers. Shown in the large-screen format. Running time: 89 minutes. G (animated violence). (Jordan Commons.)

THE PRODUCERS — **** — Mel Brooks' riotously funny 1967 comedy about an accountant and a producer (Gene Wilder and Zero Mostel, respectively) trying to sabotage their own show has only gotten better with age. Well-paced, and Kenneth Mars is superb in a supporting role. This 25th anniversary re-release (done to capitalize on the popularity of the Broadway musical version) features cleaned-up picture and sound. PG-13 (vulgarity, slapstick violence, ethnic slurs). (Broadway.)

MIDNIGHT MOVIE

PULP FICTION — *** — Quentin Tarantino's overrated 1994 ensemble thriller-dark comedy is notable for several things — including John Travolta's comeback performance. But it's also lurid and overlong, with several sequences that should have been cut for time and taste (especially the one with Bruce Willis). It's still got some moments of cleverness, though. R (violence, profanity, gore, drug use, vulgarity, sex, nudity, rape, racial epithets). (Tower, Friday and Saturday.)

CONTINUING FILMS

ADAM SANDLER'S EIGHT CRAZY NIGHTS — turkey — Sandler's worst film to date is a crass, tasteless, Christmas-themed animated musical about a party animal having to perform community service. Running time: 79 minutes. PG-13 (vulgarity, profanity, slapstick violence, brief nudity, brief drugs) (Jordan Landing.) (Nov. 27, 2002)

ANALYZE THAT — ** 1/2 — Robert De Niro has never been as humiliated as he is in this lame sequel to the 1999 mobster comedy hit. Even usually shameless star Billy Crystal looks embarrassed by this one. Running time: 104 minutes. R (profanity, violence, vulgarity, drug use, sex, torture, ethnic slurs). (Jordan Landing, Trolley Corners.) (Dec. 6, 2002)

BARBERSHOP — ** — This ensemble comedy, starring Ice Cube as the owner of a failing Chicago barbershop, gets too serious and often the characters are stereotypes. Running time: 102 minutes. PG-13 (profanity, violence, racial epithets, vulgarity). (Sugar House.) (Sept. 13, 2002)

THE BOURNE IDENTITY — *** — This engrossing suspense-thriller benefits from a strong performance by Matt Damon as a man who discovers he may be a secret agent. Running time: 117 minutes. PG-13 (violence, profanity, gore). (Sandy, Sugar House.) (June 14, 2002)

BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE — *** 1/2 — Documentarian Michael Moore's latest — which is more thoughtful and somber than his usual work — investigates the root causes of the Columbine High School tragedy and takes on the NRA. Very powerful. Running time: 122 minutes. R (violence, profanity, gore, racial epithets). (Broadway.) (Nov. 8, 2002)

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN — *** 1/2 — Steven Spielberg's latest is also his lightest, most enjoyable movie in many years, a cheeky comedic-thriller about the most successful conman in U.S. history (a never-better Leonardo DiCaprio). Running time: 140 minutes. PG-13 (brief sex, vulgarity, profanity, violence). (Carmike 12, Century, 5-Star, Gateway, Holladay, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Megaplex 12, Ritz.) (Dec. 25, 2002)

DIE ANOTHER DAY — ** 1/2 — Pierce Brosnan's indifferent performance nearly sinks the latest James Bond adventure, but Halle Berry livens things up as a beautiful female spy who teams with 007 to stop a madman. Running time: 132 minutes. PG-13 (violence, torture, vulgarity, sex, profanity, veiled nudity, brief drugs, brief gore). (Carmike 12, Century, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Megaplex 12, Ritz.) (Nov. 22, 2002)

DRUMLINE — ** 1/2 — This urban comedy-drama about a street drummer who joins a college marching band plays like a college version of "Bring It On," replacing gymnastics and cheers with snare drums and step drills. Running time: 119 minutes. PG-13 (vulgarity, profanity, sex). (Jordan Landing, Ritz.) (Dec. 16, 2002) — Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

8 MILE — *** — Rapper Eminem impresses in his feature-film debut — a rap music-heavy drama loosely based on the life of the "real Slim Shady." Surprisingly smart and affecting. Running time: 106 minutes. R (profanity, racial epithets, violence, vulgarity, sex, drug use, brief nudity, brief gore). (Brewvies, must be 21 or older.) (Nov. 8, 2002)

EXTREME OPS — * — So dumb it's funny, this action-thriller follows a team of extreme-sports athletes and a film crew that find themselves endangered by terrorists after stumbling onto their secret lair. Running time: 93 minutes. PG-13 (violence, profanity, brief nudity). (Sandy, Showcase, Sugar House, Valley Fair.) (Nov. 28, 2002)

FAR FROM HEAVEN — *** — Julianne Moore shines as a housewife who discovers her husband is gay in writer-director Todd Haynes' glossy '50s-period piece, essentially a soap opera with racial overtones as well. Running time: 107 minutes. PG-13 (profanity, mild vulgarity, racial epithets, brief sex, brief violence, nude artwork). (Broadway.) (Nov. 22, 2002)

FRIDA — ** 1/2 — Salma Hayek is very good as Frida Kahlo in director Julie Taymor's biography about the life of the influential, 20th-century Mexican painter. But the material is extremely superficial. Running time: 118 minutes. R (nudity, sex, profanity, violence, brief gore, brief drugs, vulgarity). (Broadway.) (Nov. 8, 2002)

GANGS OF NEW YORK — ** 1/2 — Daniel Day-Lewis's stellar performance is the reason to see director Martin Scorsese's otherwise sketchy 19th-century crime drama — about warring factions trying to seize control of the city. Running time: 160 minutes. R (violence, gore, profanity, racial epithets, nudity, sex, torture, vulgarity, brief drug use). (Carmike 12, Century, Holladay, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Megaplex 12, Ritz.) (Dec. 20, 2002)

GHOST SHIP — * — This gory but yawn-inducing horror movie about a haunted passenger ship may be the anchor that finally sinks star Julianna Margulies's career. Running time: 88 minutes. R (violence, gore, profanity, nudity, vulgarity). (Showcase, Sugar House, Valley Fair.) (Oct. 25, 2002)

HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS — ** 1/2 — This darker, scarier sequel to last year's blockbuster hit is an improvement over its predecessor. But it still lacks the magic of its source material. Good performances by the young stars as supporting performer Kenneth Branagh, though. Running time: 161 minutes. PG (violence, vulgarity, mild profanity, brief gore) (Carmike 12, Century, Gateway, Holladay, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Megaplex 12, Ritz.) (Nov. 15, 2002)

THE HOT CHICK — * — Ten minutes' worth of material stretched past the breaking point, this unfunny comedy stars Rob Schneider as the title character, a self-centered teenage girl who is transformed into a thirtysomething male. Running time: 104 minutes. PG-13 (vulgarity, slapstick violence, profanity, brief sex, brief nudity, brief drugs). (Carmike 12, Century, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Megaplex 12, Ritz.) (Dec. 13, 2002)

IGBY GOES DOWN — *** — Kieran Culkin shines as the title character of this dark comedy, or "tragi-comedy" about a young man rebelling against his parents. Terrific support from Susan Sarandon, Claire Danes and Ryan Phillippe as well. Running time: 98 minutes. R (profanity, drug use, violence, sex, vulgarity, brief nudity, brief gore). (Brewvies, must be 21 or older.) (Oct. 11, 2002)

I SPY — ** — Stars Eddie Murphy and, especially, Owen Wilson make this mediocre spy comedy/thriller (very loosely based on the hit 1960s television series) better than it has any right to be. Running time: 95 minutes. PG-13 (violence, profanity, vulgarity, brief torture). (Kaysville, Sandy, Showcase, Sugar House, Valley Fair.) (Nov. 1, 2002)

JACKASS: THE MOVIE — * 1/2 — Possibly the most irresponsible thing ever released by a major motion-picture studio, this feature-length movie follows Johnny Knoxville and pals as they attempt questionable stunts and pull pranks on unsuspecting victims. For fans only. Running time: 80 minutes. R (violence, profanity, vulgarity, nudity). (Sandy, Showcase, Sugar House, Valley Fair.)

JACK WEYLAND'S CHARLY — ** — Newcomer Heather Beers impresses in this manipulative adaptation of the best-selling LDS novel about a free-spirited New Yorker who becomes involved with a return missionary. For fans of the book only. Running time: 104 minutes. PG (mild vulgarity, brief violence). (Kaysville, Sandy, Showcase, Sugar House.) (Sept. 27, 2002)

JONAH: A VEGGIETALES MOVIE — ** 1/2 — The first theatrical feature starring the popular kids video characters would have been better with more music and less preaching. Still, it's got a good message — one sorely needed these days. Running time: 83 minutes. G (animated violence) (Showcase, Sugar House.) (Oct. 4, 2002)

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS — **** — Even better than its predecessor, the second part of director Peter Jackson's ambitious adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien's trilogy is a constantly enthralling, but decidedly much darker adventure, as the Fellowship of the Ring is scattered and is facing a series of different threats. The cast (which includes returning stars Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen and Viggo Mortensen) is exceptional. Running time: 179 minutes. PG-13 (violence, gore, mild vulgarity). (Carmike 12, Century, 5-Star, Gateway, Holladay, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Megaplex 12, Ritz, Villa.) (Dec. 18, 2002)

MAID IN MANHATTAN — ** — Bland and utterly forgettable, the latest Jennifer Lopez stars J-Lo as a single mother being pursued by a senatorial candidate (Ralph Fiennes). There's no chemistry whatsoever between the two stars. Running time: 108 minutes. PG-13 (profanity, vulgarity, brief nudity, brief sex). (Carmike 12, Century, 5-Star, Gateway, Holladay, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Megaplex 12, Ritz.) (Dec. 13, 2002)

MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING — *** — It's pretty much a filmed sitcom, but this romantic comedy has its charms. Screenwriter Nia Vardalos stars as a thirtysomething Greek woman who decides to marry a non-Greek. Running time: 95 minutes. PG (profanity, vulgarity, brief sex, brief violence). (Jordan Landing, Trolley Corners.) (May 10, 2002)

PINOCCHIO — * — Roberto Benigni's adaptation of the children's classic is an uneven pastiche of bricks-and-mortar sets and bizarre digital effects. We don't feel we're being drawn into a magical world so much as dropped into a thinly imagined fantasy without a map. Dubbed. Running time: 100 minutes. G (slapstick violence, mild vulgarity). (Broadway, Carmike 12, Century, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Ritz.) (Dec. 27, 2002) — Ben Nuckols, Associated Press

REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES — *** 1/2 — Newcomer America Ferrara shines as a bright Mexican-American teen clashing with her tradition-minded mother (Lupe Ontiveros) in this rousing, feel-good comedy-drama. In English and Spanish, with English subtitles. Running time: 89 minutes. PG-13 (vulgarity, profanity, brief sex). (Broadway.) (Dec. 20, 2002)

RED DRAGON — ** 1/2 — An excellent cast (including Anthony Hopkins) bolsters this unnecessary prequel to "The Silence of the Lambs," which was already made better as 1986's "Manhunter." Running time: 126. R (violence, gore, profanity, vulgarity, nudity, brief sex). (Sugar House.) (Oct. 4, 2002)

THE RING — *** 1/2 — This terrific, Americanized remake of the Japanese cult suspense/horror film — about a mysterious videotape that brings death to anyone who watches it — starts creepily but turns frightening over the final fourth. Running time: 115 minutes. PG-13 (profanity, brief violence, brief gore). (Trolley Corners.) (Oct. 25, 2002)

THE SANTA CLAUSE 2 — ** — Not as bad as it could have been, this obligatory sequel to the 1994 hit does have a few modest charms, and star Tim Allen seems more energized here than he's been for quite some time. Running time: 98 minutes. PG (slapstick violence, vulgarity). (Carmike 12, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Megaplex 12, Ritz.) (Nov. 1, 2002)

SIGNS — *** — Director M. Night Shyamalan's newest thriller is more akin to his "Unbreakable" than "The Sixth Sense." But it's still creepy, and Mel Gibson is nicely restrained. Running time: 106 minutes. PG-13 (violence, profanity, vulgarity, brief gore). (Sandy, Sugar House, Valley Fair.) (Aug. 2, 2002)

SPIRITED AWAY — **** — The latest from Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki (1999's "Princess Mononoke") is a fantasy about a young girl who tries to rescue her parents and escape from a bizarre fantasy world. The offbeat story and characters take a little getting used to, but it's a delight from start to finish. Dubbed. Running time: 124 minutes. PG (animated violence, mild vulgarity, mild profanity). (Brewvies, must be 21 or older.) (Oct. 25, 2002)

SPY KIDS 2: THE ISLAND OF LOST DREAMS — ** — Whatever rough-hewn, gee-whiz charm "Spy Kids" offered last year is lost in this ill-conceived sequel. In its place is a slick, bombastic sense of desperation. Running time: 100 minutes. PG (violence, vulgarity). (Kaysville, Sandy, Sugar House, Valley Fair.) (Aug. 7, 2002) — Christy Lemire, Associated Press

STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF MOTOWN — *** 1/2 — A captivating documentary following the career of the Funk Brothers, a group of musicians who backed several noted Motown performers on their biggest hits. Great anecdotes and the music's terrific, to put it mildly. In color and in black and white. Running time: 108 minutes. PG (vulgarity, violence, brief drugs). (Broadway.) (Dec. 20, 2002)

STAR TREK: NEMESIS — ** — A half-hearted medley of "hits" from better sci-fi films (as well as other "Trek" films), this disappointing sequel finds Capt. Picard (Patrick Stewart) facing a threat from an even more aggressive race of Romulans and his evil clone. Running time: 116 minutes. PG-13 (violence, brief sex, rape). (Carmike 12, Century, Gateway, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Megaplex 12, Ritz.) (Dec. 13, 2002)

STUART LITTLE 2 — ** 1/2 — This sequel to the 1999 smash hit is another fanciful, joyously unbelievable, feel-good film about the orphaned mouse adopted by a loving human family (based on the books by E.B. White). Running time: 83 minutes. PG (violence, mild vulgarity, mild profanity). (Sandy.) (July 19, 2002) — Krisy Gashler

SWEET HOME ALABAMA — ** 1/2 — Reese Witherspoon is charming as a socialite torn between her big-city life and the husband she left behind. But the film's not nearly funny enough. Running time: 102 minutes. PG-13 (profanity, vulgarity, brief violence). (Kaysville, Sandy, Showcase, Sugar House, Valley Fair.) (Sept. 27, 2002)

TREASURE PLANET — *** — Handsome animation helps salvage Disney's latest, an animated update of Robert Louis Stevenson's oft-filmed "Treasure Island" with science-fiction overtones. The voice cast includes Emma Thompson, Martin Short and others. Running time: 90 minutes. PG (animated violence, mild vulgarity, mild profanity). (Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Trolley Corners.) (Nov. 27, 2002)

TUCK EVERLASTING — ** — Surprisingly dull, live-action adaptation of the popular kids novel about immortality. Actress Alexis Bledel (TV's "Gilmore Girls") is good, but the material wastes the talents of Ben Kingsley and Sissy Spacek. Running time: 94 minutes. PG (brief violence). (Kaysville, Sandy, Showcase, Sugar House, Valley Fair.) (Oct. 11, 2002)

TWO WEEKS NOTICE — *** — Cuter than it is funny, this slight but charming romantic comedy finally pairs Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant as, respectively, a fussing-and-feuding employee and employer who discover they have feelings for each other. Running time: 105 minutes. PG-13 (vulgarity, profanity, slapstick violence). (Carmike 12, Century, 5-Star, Gateway, Holladay, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Megaplex 12, Ritz.) (Dec. 20, 2002)

THE WILD THORNBERRYS MOVIE — *** — The hit Nickelodeon cartoon comes to the big screen with style. It's a charming animated adventure that sees Eliza Thornberry losing her power to talk to animals. The voice performers (who include Rupert Everett) sound like they're having fun. Running time: 85 minutes. PG (animated violence, vulgarity). (Carmike 12, Century, 5-Star, Gateway, Holladay, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Ritz, Trolley Corners.) (Dec. 20, 2002)

XXX — ** — As stupid as it is thrilling, star-in-the-making Vin Diesel's break-out vehicle may feature terrific stunts but also has one of the dumbest plots ever. A guilty pleasure at best. Running time: 124 minutes. PG-13 (violence, profanity, drugs, vulgarity, brief torture, brief gore). (Sandy, Valley Fair.) (Aug. 9. 2002)