Film Capsules Capsule reviews by Desson Howe unless noted.A star ({sstar}) denotes a movie recommended by our critics. WINGS OF HOPE (Unrated) -- See capsule review on Page 44. Contains violence, relentless obscenity, sexual situations and not a scintilla of originality. {sstar}AMELIE (R, 115 minutes) -- Jean-Pierre Jeunet's exquisite, whimsical fable follows meek, almost saintly Parisian, Amelie Poulain (Audrey Tatou), makes a quiet decision to transform as many sad lives as she can. AMERICAN ADOBO (PG-13, 85 minutes) -- The dish may have a Filipino flavor, but the ingredients of "American Adobo," a food-centric tale of love, friendship and ethnic assimilation along the lines of "Eat Drink Man Woman" and "Tortilla Soup" are overly familiar.

Contains some obscenity, harmless gunplay and comic brutality. -- Michael O'Sullivan {sstar}BLADE II (R, 108 minutes) -- In this second, entertaining foray into the underworld of power-vampires, Blade (Wesley Snipes), a half-human, half-vampire, reteams with weapons master Whistler (Kris Kristofferson) and joins forces with vampires Reinhardt (Ron Perlman) and Nyssa (Leonor Varela) to tackle the latest world problem: a plague of "Reapers." These are super-vampires who intend to destroy the world's existing vampires, then humankind. Goyer (who wrote the 1998 original) and director Guillermo del Toro, the Mexican maestro who made the atmospheric "Cronos" and "Mimic," create a sort of "Any Given Sunday"-meets-"The Matrix" smash-mouth entertainment.

And way-cool Snipes owns the Marvel Comics "Blade" character the way Clint Eastwood owns Dirty Harry.

Contains intense violence, obscenity and neck abuse. {sstar}CHANGING LANES (R, 99 minutes) -- Two men (Samuel L.

The movie is still about Belle (voice of Paige O'Hara), a good-natured girl who falls in love with a lonely, shaggy beast (Robby Benson) who's really a prince placed under a spell because he could not love.

The story's big added feature is a sequence (with a song), "Human Again," in which the beast's enchanted objects (Mrs. {sstar}BIG TROUBLE (PG-13, 85 minutes) -- Careening gracefully between the extremes of deadpan, postmodern comedy and the antic, Max Sennett-style japery of yore, director Barry Sonnenfeld's "Big Trouble" is one funny movie.

Potts, Lumiere, Cogsworth and company) express their desire to become human beings once more. Based on the best-selling book by humor columnist Dave Barry, the alternatingly antic and laconic film concerns the impact of a mysterious metal trunk on a rogue's gallery of Miami weirdos, most of whom are paired off in the film into a series of vaudeville-style duos.

Among the large cast's most felicitous twosomes are Janeane Garofalo and Patrick Warburton as a couple of beleaguered beat cops forced to deal with an irate mobster (Stanley Tucci), the hit men who want to kill him (Dennis Farina and Jack Kehler) and a tag-team of mentally incompetent thieves (Johnny Knoxville and Tom Sizemore).

Nebrida toss one small tragedy too many into the overheated stew. -- Michael O'Sullivan A BEAUTIFUL MIND (PG-13, 135 minutes) -- Russell Crowe is top-drawer as John Nash, the conceptual genius who struggled with paranoid schizophrenia before winning a Nobel Prize.

Contains obscenity, brief nudity and sexual themes and situations. He's supported by Alicia (Jennifer Connelly), a brilliant woman who becomes his wife.