January 25, 1999 12:00 PM

>SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE Even those who slept through Romeo and Juliet in school will enjoy this romantic drama that cleverly reimagines just how Shakespeare (soft-eyed Joseph Fiennes) might have come to write the play. Gwyneth Paltrow positively glows. (R)

A CIVIL ACTION John Travolta and Robert Duvall, as lawyers on opposite sides of a big case, give considered, effective performances in a thoughtful legal drama based on Jonathan Harr’s fascinating non-fiction book of the same name. (PG-13)

YOU’VE GOT MAIL If you want a big-star romantic comedy that goes down nice and easy without being pablum, check out the latest Meg Ryan-Tom Hanks pairing from director Nora Ephron (Sleepless in Seattle). Love those Godfather jokes. (PG)

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