* "The Vanishing" is a brisk French suspense film that recalls the chill of Hitchcock at his nastiest. It follows the cat and mouse game between an amateur kidnapper and the man whose lover he has stolen. Understated, yet profoundly unsettling, the movie is a real gripper. Unrated.
* "Gladiator" follows as an evil promoter (Brian Dennehy) seduces teen-age boys into fighting in a bloody, unsanctioned boxing tournament. The two victims are James Marshall of "Twin Peaks" and Cuba Gooding Jr., of "Boyz N the Hood." It's quite violent and profane. Rated R.
* "The Lawnmower Man" utilizes computer technology in a parable about a scientist and his experiments with a simple garden worker. Fancy special effects, but the movie, with Jeff Fahey and Pierce Brosnan, was not screened for critics. Rated R.