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Dumb and Dumber (New Line). While driving across country, headed for Colorado to return a suitcase full of money, two lovable dimwits (Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels) get involved in all sorts of scrapes, including a kidnaping. Lots of slapstick and goofy, ultra-low-brow humor.

Murder in the First (Warner). Grim, tragic tale, partly a courtroom drama, about the horrors of prison in the 1930s and 1940s. An Alcatraz inmate (Kevin Bacon), who has been thoroughly brutalized by the prison system, goes on trial for murdering another prisoner. But in court, his zealous young attorney (Christian Slater) puts Alcatraz on trial. Brilliantly acted by Bacon; Gary Oldman co-stars as the sadistic warden.

Little Women (Columbia TriStar). While her husband is fighting in the Civil War, the mother (Susan Sarandon) of a poor New England family guides her four daughters through growing pains.

Street Fighter (MCA/Universal). A colonel (Jean-Claude Van Damme) tries to rescue hostages being held for ransom by a dictator (Raul Julia). Lots of action but weak character development and not much suspense.

Camilla (Miramax). The bonding of an elderly, high-spirited concert violinist (Jessica Tandy) and a young unhappily married composer (Bridget Fonda).

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