June 15, 1998 12:00 PM

>BULWORTH Warren Beatty is mad as hell about the American political system, and he’s not gonna take it anymore. The result? An incendiary comedy. That may not sound like high praise, but this is the funniest film ever made about campaign-finance reform.

HOPE FLOATS “When a former prom queen (Sandra Bullock, working her tiara off) finds out that her hubby is cheating on her, she heads back home to Mom (Gena Rowlands, wonderful as always) in rural Texas. A cute romantic comedy with heart, humor and lots of eccentric characters.

SLIDING DOORS If you’re still wondering what all the fuss is about with Gwyneth Paltrow (and A Perfect Murder—see review—will leave you clueless), check out this bright British romantic comedy. Paltrow will knock your Wellingtons off playing the same character in parallel lives.

THE SPANISH PRISONER Director-writer David Mamet’s clever, sassy thriller about a corporate naif (Campbell Scott) caught up in a major con scheme will keep you guessing until the final scene.

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