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* ANGIE - She's a sharp-minded Brooklynite with independent ideas about life, love, and family, and she's determined to carve out her own happiness despite the obstacles that arise in her path. Geena Davis gives a neatly unglamourized performance as the title character, and Stephen Rea is solid as a boyfriend who doesn't live up to her expectations. The story is unevenly developed, though, wobbling uncertainly between conventional romantic scenes and issues too serious to serve as grist for run-of-the-mill drama, as when the heroine's pregnancy leads to a crisis with medical and emotional implications. Martha Coolidge directed from Todd Graff's screenplay. (Rated R) * FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL - The title tells it all. Hugh Grant plays a likable but lonely fellow who meets the woman of his dreams at someone else's wedding, only to lose and regain her during similar ceremonies in months to come. Along with a surprising number of laughs, this emotionally rich movie contains the most poignant funeral scene to grace the screen in ages, strengthened by eloquent acting and a sensitively chosen W.H. Auden poem. Most of the acting is first-rate, with special credit going to Grant as the hero and Simon Callow in a memorable supporting role. Richard Curtis's screenplay was directed by Mike Newell in his first assignment since ``Enchanted April.'' (Rated R) * BITTER MOON - During an ocean cruise, two young Britishers meet a husband and wife whose tortured relationship makes their own dull marriage seem idyllic by comparison. Working in his most bitingly sardonic mode, director Roman Polanski depicts the key characters as self-destructive maniacs, and chronicles the progress of their self-destruction with an enthusiasm bordering on perversity. Hugh Grant and Peter Coyote head the cast. Written by Polanski with Gerard Brach and John Brownjohn. (Rated R)

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