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REASON TO ROAR HUNTING FOR LIONS THE OLD-FASHIONED WAY

Tabulations are based on an exit poll averaging at least 300 filmgoers per movie. Viewers rate the movie between 1 and 4 stars. "Audience Approval" is the percent who gave the film either 3 1/2 or 4 stars.

AUDIENCE NUMBER
MOVIES APPROVAL OF STARS
PUBLIC CRITICS
FLY AWAY HOME
1. 92% 3.83.3
THAT THING
2.YOU DO 86% 3.73.0
THE GHOST AND
3.THE DARKNESS 86% 3.71.9
FIRST WIVES CLUB
4. 85% 3.72.6
D3: THE MIGHTY
5.DUCKS 80% 3.61.6
FIRST KID
6. 77% 3.61.9
THE LONG KISS
7.GOODNIGHT 74% 3.51.9
THE LEOPARD SON
8. 73% 3.53.4
BIG NIGHT
9. 72% 3.33.6
BOUND
10. 68% 3.33.4
THE GLIMMER MAN
11. 68% 3.31.9
BULLETPROOF
12. 64% 3.41.9
EXTREME MEASURES
13. 56% 3.12.7
THE CHAMBER
14. 52% 3.11.8
THE RICH MAN'S
15.WIFE 49% 3.11.4
LAST MAN
16.STANDING 47% 2.92.0
2 DAYS IN THE
17.VALLEY 45% 3.12.8
MAXIMUM RISK
18. 42% 2.92.4
FEELING
19.MINNESOTA 23% 1.91.9
THE TRIGGER
20.EFFECT 21% 2.22.5
TOP 20 AUDIENCE APPROVAL AVERAGE: 63 PERCENT

COMMENTS

"The Ghost and the Darkness" stars Val Kilmer as a bridge builder who lands in Africa amid a furious race to construct the trans-Africa railway. But a couple of hungry lions gobble up workers. Great white hunter Michael Douglas aims to curb this with a few doses of hot lead, not knowing beforehand that these lions must have demonic roots.

Viewers said: "Superior adventure," "The scenery and acting contributed a great deal to making this such a super movie" and "A wonderful, mysterious feeling was carried throughout the movie." (Buffalo News Critic Jeff Simon: " 'Jaws' Meets 'The Bridge on the River Kwai' in the African veldt. Based on a true yarn, it's an extremely but pleasantly old-fashioned and heart-pumping action adventure." He gave it 3 1/2 of 5 stars.)

NEW RELEASES

"The Chamber": Copying the enormously successful "A Time to Kill" formula, this film combines John Grisham's story line with a dashing young screen star -- this time Chris O'Donnell -- as a crusading defense attorney. O'Donnell attempts to save his grandfather, Gene Hackman, from the death penalty for racist murders he committed decades ago. Viewers said: "Followed the book's story line very well," "Powerful and good acting, but awfully depressing" and "I was extremely disappointed because it didn't seem to go anywhere or resolve anything." (Jeff Simon: "If not the best of the Grishams, thus far it's certainly one of the better ones. In fact, courtesy of a terrific performance by Gene Hackman as a racist baby killer on death row, it's worlds better than the last two Grisham thrillers at the movies, 'A Time to Kill' and 'The Client.' " He gave it 3 1/2 stars.)

"The Long Kiss Goodnight": Geena Davis finds herself pregnant and suffering from amnesia from a bump on her noggin. Eight years later, she's the perfect homebody, with a wonderful child and an adoring fiance. But when she begins to flip knives like a circus performer and swear like a professional baseball player, she consults detective Samuel L. Jackson to find her past identity.

Moviegoers said: "Funny and exciting," "Geena Davis is one tough cookie" and "This is a lot better than the critics said it was. It was actually pretty good." (Buffalo News Critic Richard Huntington: "Renny Harlin's action film just doesn't know when to quit. It goes on and on, until bodies hurtling through space seem about as pedestrian as another stop at the coffee shop. Not a memorable effort." He gave it 2 1/2 stars.)

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