Capsule reviews by Desson Howe unless noted.


AWAKENINGS (PG-13) -- See review on page 35.

GREEN CARD (PG-13) -- See review on page 35.

HIDDEN AGENDA (R) -- Good old Maggie Thatcher. You can always blame her for wicked conspiracies, for the moral downfall of England, for witchcraft. This time, she's the ultimate beneficiary of an Anglo-American secret movement to restore political (i.e. Conservative Party) stability to England, after Edward Heath was brought to his knees by the British miners' strike in the mid-1970s. True or not (and many credible cases for this have been made), this conspiracy assertion hangs tritely over director Ken Loach's frequently dull drama about an assassination coverup (by the British) in war-torn Northern Ireland. It doesn't help matters that wide-eyed, haggard Brad Dourif and tight-lipped, innocuous Frances McDormand head the production. They're part of an international civil-liberty-monitoring group (including Mai Zetterling) launching a customary investigation in Belfast when Dourif is killed by mysterious gunmen. The British government sends in investigator Brian Cox, who soon learns he is supposed to make a snow job of this. He links up with McDormand and they pursue the real story on their own. But a better investigation would have been to discover whose idea it was to make this movie. Area theaters.

INTERROGATION (Unrated) -- See review on previous page.

LIONHEART (R) -- Jean-Claude Van Damme, the compact, rubbery martial-arts fighter from Belgium, is back. This time he's a member of the French Foreign Legion who goes AWOL to help his seriously injured brother in Los Angeles. He is pursued by two legionnaires whose orders are to retrieve him at any cost. There will be fistfights. Area theaters.

NOT WITHOUT MY DAUGHTER (PG-13) -- This Sally Fields vehicle is so awful, it's almost serene. Not only is it dreary to watch, it irresponsibly fans the fire of hatred towards Iran. Fields is an American citizen who marries Iranian-born doctor Alfred Molina (who was Gary Oldman's jealous lover in "Prick Up Your Ears"), who hasn't been to Iran in 10 years. Homesick, Molina begs his wife to accompany him to Iran to meet the family and show off their daughter. Against her better instincts -- this is set during the Khomeini regime -- she goes. No sooner has she arrived when she runs into problems -- the Islamic treatment of women and the anti-American fever. When her husband decides to stay forever and refuses to let her return to the United States with her daughter, Fields realizes she's in virtual captivity. Watched by the whole family, she has to work out her own secret escape route. Her plight is a terrible one, but there is someone else in even worse shape: You, if you watch this movie. Area theaters.

THE SHELTERING SKY (R) -- See review on Page 35.