These movies arrive on video store shelves this week.

DANCING AT LUGHNASA

(PG, 95 minutes, 1998, Sony Classics)

Ah, those inscrutable Irish! They've given us those dead-from-the-waist-up Riverdancers and the limitless wonders of the humble potato. Now, we have "Dancing at Lughnasa," based on Brian Friel's subtle-to-the-point-of-somnolent 1990 play about five Mundy sisters sitting in Donegal in the '30s talking about cigarettes and the weather. Okay, Meryl Streep is great as the eldest sibling, and director Pat O'Connor has captured a lovely shot of red flowers illuminated by moonlight, but the introspective and stage-bound "Lughnasa" could do with a little less repressed blather about nothing and a little more fancy footwork. Contains little that is objectionable other than vague discussions of infidelity and premarital sex.

-- Michael O'Sullivan

ENEMY OF THE STATE

(R, 132 minutes, 1998, Touchstone)

As a man hunted by the government for a videotape he doesn't even know he has, Will Smith is cool, funny and sexy, and so is Gene Hackman as a former National Security Agency operative who might be his only hope. It's the super- secret spy agency itself that wants the tape, and renegade executive Reynolds (spooky Jon Voight) will stop at nothing to get it. "Enemy" is pulse-pounding escapist fare for the extremely paranoid, but it pushes the limits of plausibility and audience patience well beyond the limits of the logical mind. Leave that pesky part of your anatomy at home. Contains profanity, explosions, murder and skimpy lingerie.

-- Michael O'Sullivan

THE FACULTY

(R, 104 minutes, 1998, Dimension)

A cut above the average teen-terror flick, the Robert Rodriguez-directed, Kevin Williamson-scripted film is still mightily derivative -- chiefly of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," which it shamelessly refers to in its own dialogue. Set in a nicely grubby high school, the familiar story concerns the efforts of six students to save the world from parasitic aliens inhabiting their teachers' bodies. The frights actually frighten, although the alien special effects are remarkably cheesy. In the end, the supporting cast of "The Faculty" is its forte, with cameos by comedian Jon Stewart, Bebe Neuwirth, Salma Hayek, Summer Phoenix and Harry Knowles, the red-haired, 300-pound proprietor of the www.aint-it-cool-news.com film-geek Web site. Contains profanity, drug use, murky nudity, sexual allusions, the dissection of a lab rat, slimy mucilage, gore, and stabbing with creative implements.

-- Michael O'Sullivan