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NEW FILMS FRIDAY

BASIC — "Pulp Fiction" stars John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson re-team for this military thriller about a DEA agent brought in to investigate the disappearance of U.S. Army Rangers in Panama. R (profanity, violence, drugs, vulgarity, brief gore, racial epithets). (Carmike 12; Century; 5-Star; Gateway; Holladay; Jordan Commons; Jordan Landing; Megaplex 12; Redwood, with "Tears of the Sun" Ritz.)

BLIND SPOT: HITLER'S SECRETARY — Documentary featuring interviews with the late Traudl Junge, the woman who took dictation from Adolf Hitler during World War II and who stayed silent about her former employer for 50 years, until she consented to interviews for this film. In German, with English subtitles. PG (adult themes). (Tower.)

THE CORE — Ensemble science-fiction thriller starring Aaron Eckhart, Hilary Swank and Stanley Tucci as scientists making a last-ditch effort to save mankind by journeying to the center of the Earth. PG-13 (violence, profanity, brief gore). (Carmike 12; Century; 5-Star; Gateway; Holladay; Jordan Commons; Jordan Landing; Megaplex 12; Redwood, with "The Hunted"; Ritz.)

HEAD OF STATE — Chris Rock stars in and makes his directorial debut with this comedy about a Washington, D.C., politician who becomes a surprising presidential candidate after the frontrunner dies. Bernie Mac co-stars. PG-13 (profanity, violence, racial epithets, vulgarity, brief drugs, brief sex). (Carmike 12, Century, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Megaplex 12, Ritz.)

LOST IN LA MANCHA — This documentary examines director Terry Gilliam's scrapped film "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote," and features interviews with the eccentric filmmaker and others. Narrated by Jeff Bridges. In English, French and Spanish, with English subtitles. R (profanity, violence, vulgarity). (Broadway.)

SNEAK PREVIEWS

WHAT A GIRL WANTS — Comedy starring Amanda Bynes (TV's "The Amanda Show") as an American who discovers that her biological father (Colin Firth ) is living in England, so she travels there to get to know him. To be reviewed when it opens next week. PG (mild profanity, slapstick violence). (Saturday: Century, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing.)

MIDNIGHT MOVIE

KURT & COURTNEY — *** 1/2 — Fascinating and controversial documentary by filmmaker Nick Broomfield that starts off investigating the ill-fated relationship between musicians Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, and which winds up as a treatise on freedom-of-speech issues. Not rated, probable R (profanity, nude photos, vulgarity, violence, brief gore) (Tower, Friday and Saturday.) (April 24, 1998)

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.)

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

DAUGHTER FROM DANANG — A special screening of this Oscar-nominated documentary (a hit at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival), which examines the relationship between an Amerasian woman and her mother, who remained behind in Vietnam. In English and Vietnamese, with English subtitles. This program is not rated but contains some PG-rated material. (Salt Lake Art Center, Thursday, 7 p.m.)

GENESIS — The University of Utah's Film Front group presents a special screening of this 1986 drama from director Mrinal Sen, a parable of man's exploitation of his fellow man. In Farsi, with English subtitles. This program is not rated but may contain some R-rated material. (Sunday: 7 p.m. Orson Spencer Hall, University of Utah.)

LEWIS & CLARK: GREAT JOURNEY WEST — *** 1/2 — The latest six-story-high movie whisks us away from St. Louis and across the prairie with the Corps of Discovery, and lays out a wide range of facts that will have you shaking your head in amazement. Shown in the large-screen format. Running time: 45 minutes. Not rated, probable G (nothing offensive). (Jordan Commons.) (June 14, 2002) — Diane Urbani

MY BEST GIRL — This 1927 silent film starring Mary Pickford teamed her up with fellow silent-film stars Charles "Buddy" Rogers, who later became her husband. Featuring organ accompaniment by David Massey. In black and white. (Organ Loft, Friday, 7:30 p.m.)

CONTINUING FILMS

ABOUT SCHMIDT — *** — Jack Nicholson's latest terrific performance is in service of a mean-spirited dark comedy about a widower trying to repair his personal relationships. Some good moments. Running time: 125 minutes. R (profanity, vulgarity, brief nudity, brief violence, brief drugs, brief sex). (Century.) (Jan. 3, 2003)

ADAPTATION — *** 1/2 — Probably too cerebral for its own good, this off-beat dark comedy features terrific performances, such as those by Nicolas Cage in dual roles — including one as the film's screenwriter! Running time: 112 minutes. R (profanity, vulgarity, drug use, sex, violence, brief nudity, brief gore). (Brewvies, must be 21 or older.) (Jan. 10, 2003)

AGENT CODY BANKS — ** — Already done better in the "Spy Kids" movies, this so-so action-comedy stars Frankie Muniz as a teenager trained to be a secret agent. Running time: 110 minutes. PG (violence, vulgarity). (Carmike 12; Century; Gateway; Holladay; Jordan Commons; Jordan Landing; Megaplex 12; Redwood, with "View from the Top"; Ritz.) (March 14, 2003)

ANTWONE FISHER — *** 1/2 — Sure, Denzel Washington's directorial debut — based on the autobiography of a U.S. Navy sailor — is manipulative and sappy. But it's also moving and very rewarding, and newcomer Derek Luke impresses as Fisher. Running time: 113 minutes. PG-13 (profanity, violence, racial epithets, vulgarity, rape, brief gore). (Sandy, Sugar House.) (Jan. 10, 2003)

BOAT TRIP — * — Can we revoke Cuba Gooding Jr.'s Oscar? Please? His latest, most insufferable comedy stars Gooding and Horatio Sanz as pals who accidentally sign up for a gay cruise. Running time: 93 minutes. R (vulgarity, sex, profanity, partial nudity, drugs). (Carmike 12, Century, Jordan Landing, Megaplex 12, Ritz.) (March 21, 2003) — Christy Lemire, Associated Press

BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE — *** 1/2 — Michael Moore's latest — an Oscar-winning documentary that's more 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). (Brewvies, must be 21 or older.) (Nov. 8, 2002)

BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE — * 1/2 — Steve Martin stars as a man who discovers his Internet romance has been with a convict (Queen Latifah)

Shockingly, racially insensitive and unfunny. Running time: 105 minutes. PG-13 (vulgarity, profanity, violence, drug use, racial epithets, brief sex). (Carmike 12; Century; 5-Star; Gateway; Holladay; Jordan Commons; Jordan Landing; Megaplex 12; Redwood, with "Shanghai Knights"; Ritz.) (March 7, 2003)

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). (Kaysville, Sandy, Showcase, Sugar House, Valley Fair.) (Dec. 25, 2002)

CHICAGO — *** — Renee Zellweger's the one false note in this big-screen musical about celebrity-crazed murderesses. Her co-stars Catherine Zeta-Jones (an Oscar winner) and Richard Gere make up for it, though. Winner of six Academy Awards. Running time: 108 minutes. PG-13 (vulgarity, profanity, violence, brief sex, ethnic slurs). (Century, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Megaplex 12, Ritz.) (Jan. 3, 2003)

CITY OF GOD — **** — A blistering, enthralling look at the escalating violence in Brazil, as seen through the eyes of an aspiring news photographer. A must-see for those who can stomach its rather graphic violence. In Portuguese, with English subtitles. Running time: 130 minutes. R (violence, profanity, drug use, vulgarity, gore, rape, brief nudity, brief sex, racial epithets). (Broadway.) (March 14, 2003)

CRADLE 2 THE GRAVE — * — Rapper DMX and action star Jet Li try to out-act each other — badly — in this awful thriller about a thief and government agent who join forces. Running time: 109 minutes. R (violence, profanity, racial epithets, vulgarity, gore, torture, brief sex). (Redwood, with "Dreamcatcher.") (Feb. 28, 2003)

DAREDEVIL — ** 1/2 — Ben Affleck is fairly bland as the comic-book character, a blind attorney by day and a crime-fighting vigilante by night. Jennifer Garner steals the show as his love interest. Running time: 105 minutes. PG-13 (violence, gore, profanity, sex, brief drugs, vulgarity, racial epithets). (Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Ritz.) (Feb. 14, 2003)

DARK BLUE — ** — Tailor-made to be a showcase for star Kurt Russell, this so-so cop thriller borrows too heavily from better films like "L.A. Confidential" and "Training Day." Running time: 116 minutes. R (violence, profanity, brief sex, racial epithets, vulgarity). (Sugar House, Valley Fair.) (Feb. 21, 2003)

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). (Sandy, Sugar House.) (Nov. 22, 2002)

DREAMCATCHER — ** — Director Lawrence Kasdan tries to make sense of Stephen King messy best-seller, about an alien invasion that begins in the midst of a blizzard. But it all goes awry in the gory second half. Running time: 135 minutes. R (violence, gore, profanity, vulgarity, partial nudity). (Carmike 12; Century; 5-star; Gateway; Holladay; Jordan Commons; Jordan Landing; Megaplex 12; Redwood, with "Cradle 2 the Grave"; Ritz.) (March 21, 2003)

GANGS OF NEW YORK — ** 1/2 — Daniel Day-Lewis's riveting 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). (Ritz.) (Dec. 20, 2002)

HABLE CON ELLA (TALK TO HER ) — *** 1/2 — Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar's latest is another typically offbeat yet appealing tale, this one about two men whose lovers are comatose. In Spanish, with English subtitles. Running time: 112 minutes. R (nudity, profanity, violence, vulgarity, sex, gore, brief drugs). (Broadway.) (Feb. 14, 2003)

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) (Kaysville, Sandy, Showcase, Sugar House, Valley Fair.) (Nov. 15, 2002)

THE HOT CHICK — * — This unfunny comedy stars Rob Schneider as the title character, a self-centered teenage girl who is transformed into a thirtysomething male. Ho. Ho. Running time: 104 minutes. PG-13 (vulgarity, slapstick violence, profanity, brief sex, brief nudity, brief drugs). (Sugar House, Valley Fair.) (Dec. 13, 2002)

THE HOURS — *** 1/2 — Three great actresses (Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore and Oscar winner Nicole Kidman) combine for this well-acted but depressing drama with connections to Virginia Woolf and her novel "Mrs. Dalloway." Running time: 115 minutes. PG-13 (profanity, brief drugs, nude artwork). (Century, Trolley Corners.) (Jan. 17, 2003)

HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS — ** — A Stars Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey have no chemistry, which dooms this dull comedy about the romance between a writer and an ad man. Running time: 116 minutes. PG-13 (profanity, vulgarity, brief sex, violence). (Carmike 12; Century; Gateway; Jordan Commons; Jordan Landing; Megaplex 12; Redwood, with "Old School"; Ritz.) (Feb. 7, 2003)

THE HUNTED — * 1/2 — A gory, ludicrous thriller that wastes the talents of previous Oscar winners Benicio Del Toro and Tommy Lee Jones in a go-nowhere plot. Running time: 94 minutes. R (violence, gore, profanity, brief drugs, vulgarity). (Carmike 12; Century; Holladay; Jordan Commons; Jordan Landing; Megaplex 12; Redwood, with "The Core"; Ritz.) (March 14, 2003)

THE JUNGLE BOOK 2 — ** — This awful sequel to the 1967 animated classic features the voices of Haley Joel Osment (as Mowgli) and John Goodman (Baloo) and little else. Running time: 72 minutes. G (animated violence). (Jordan Landing.) (Feb. 14, 2003)

JUST MARRIED — ** — Real-life couple Brittany Murphy and Ashton Kutcher have chemistry. But this romantic comedy about their characters' disastrous honeymoon falls flat. Running time: 94 minutes. PG-13 (slapstick violence, vulgarity, profanity, sex, ethnic slurs). (Kaysville, Sandy, Showcase, Sugar House, Valley Fair.) (Jan. 10, 2003)

THE LIFE OF DAVID GALE — * 1/2 — This thriller, starring Kevin Spacey as an anti-death-penalty activist on death row, might sway a few opinions — but not in the way the filmmakers intended. Running time: 130 minutes. R (profanity, vulgarity, sex, nudity, violence, brief gore). (Sandy.) (Feb. 21, 2003)

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS — **** — The second of director Peter Jackson's ambitious J.R.R. Tolkein adaptations is a constantly enthralling, but decidedly much darker adventure, as the Fellowship of the Ring is scattered and is facing several different threats. The cast is exceptional. Running time: 179 minutes. PG-13 (violence, gore, mild vulgarity). (Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Trolley Corners.) (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). (Kaysville, Sandy, Showcase, Sugar House, Valley Fair.) (Dec. 13, 2002)

OLD SCHOOL — ** — Luke Wilson, Will Ferrell and Vince Vaughn manage a few laughs as thirtysomethings starting their own "fraternity." But it's little more than "Animal House Revisited." Running time: 91 minutes. R (profanity, vulgarity, nudity, violence, drugs, brief sex, racial epithets). (Century; Jordan Commons; Jordan Landing; Megaplex 12; Redwood, with "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.") (Feb. 21, 2003)

THE PIANIST — *** — Academy Award winning director Roman Polanski returns with this period drama, based on the true story of a Polish musician (Oscar winner Adrien Brody) whose skills helped him escape persecution from the Nazis. Great music and performances help. In English and German, with English subtitles. Running time: 140 minutes. R (violence, gore, profanity, ethnic slurs, nude artwork). (Broadway, Century, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing.) (Jan. 17, 2003)

PIGLET'S BIG MOVIE — ** 1/2 — More worthwhile for its message than anything else, this latest Disney animated features again follows author A.A. Milne's tiny title character, who this time finds himself thrust into the role of hero. Running time: 75 minutes. G (animated violence). (Carmike 12, Century, Gateway, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Megaplex 12, Ritz.) (March 21, 2003)

THE QUIET AMERICAN — ** 1/2 — Michael Caine is terrific in this romantic thriller, based on Graham Greene's novel about a British journalist in '50s-era Vietnam. But Brendan Fraser's too one-dimensional as the title character. In English and Vietnamese. Running time: 118 minutes. R (violence, profanity, brief sex, brief drug use, gore). (Broadway.) (Feb. 14, 2003)

RABBIT-PROOF FENCE — *** 1/2 — Even more powerful because it's based on a true story, this heartbreaking period drama follows three Aboriginal girls taken from their home by Australian authorities in an attempt to "civilize" them. In English and Aboriginal, with English subtitles. Running time: 94 minutes. PG (violence, mild profanity, racial epithets). (Broadway.) (Jan. 31, 2003)

THE RECRUIT — ** — Al Pacino's hammy performance sinks this thriller about a man (Colin Farrell) who joins the CIA and comes to regret it. Running time: 115 minutes. PG-13 (violence, profanity, torture, vulgarity, brief sex, brief gore). (Brewvies, must be 21 or older.) (Jan. 31, 2003)

THE R.M. — ** — A definite improvement on "The Singles Ward," though this LDS-specific comedy about the title character (Kirby Heyborne) serious bogs down in the second half. Running time: 102 minutes. PG (slapstick violence, vulgarity). (Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Trolley Corners.) (Jan. 31, 2003)

SHANGHAI KNIGHTS — *** — This action-comedy sequel works because of the chemistry between stars Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson. Turn your brain off and have fun with this one. Running time: 107 minutes. PG-13 (violence, vulgarity, sex). (Carmike 12; Jordan Commons; Jordan Landing; Redwood, with "Bringing down the House"; Ritz.) (Feb. 7, 2003)

SPIRITED AWAY — **** — Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki's Oscar-winning cartoon fantasy follows 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). (Jordan Landing, Ritz.) (Oct. 25, 2002)

TEARS OF THE SUN — ** — Bruce Willis pulls a John Wayne routine with this cornball action-thriller about Navy SEALS trying to rescue a U.S. physician (Monica Bellucci). Running time: 118 minutes. R (violence, profanity, gore, rape, brief drugs, brief nudity, brief torture). (Carmike 12; Century; Jordan Commons; Jordan Landing; Megaplex 12; Redwood, with "Basic"; Ritz.) (March 7, 2003)

25TH HOUR — ** — Spike Lee's overbearing direction sinks this well-acted drama about a convicted drug dealer (Edward Norton) determined to get the most out of his remaining hours of freedom. Running time: 138 minutes. R (profanity, violence, vulgarity, drugs, racial epithets, brief gore, brief sex). (Sandy, Sugar House, Valley Fair.) (Jan. 10, 2003)

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). (Kaysville, Sandy, Showcase, Sugar House, Valley Fair.) (Dec. 20, 2002)

VIEW FROM THE TOP — * 1/2 — Gwyneth Paltrow's career has taken a real nosedive with this spectacularly unfunny comedy about a woman who dreams of becoming an airline stewardess — and finding Mr. Right. Running time: 87 minutes. PG-13 (vulgarity, profanity). (Carmike 12; Century; 5-Star; Gateway; Jordan Commons; Jordan Landing; Megaplex 12; Redwood, with "Agent Cody Banks"; Ritz.) (March 21, 2003)

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). (Sandy, Showcase, Sugar House, Valley Fair.) (Dec. 20, 2002)