>BOOMLET: MISS FIRECRACKER Holly Hunter is fun as a small-town Mississippi beauty queen, but this adaptation of Beth Henley's play has a fizzle-out quality. (HBO)

BOMBSHELL: SCANDAL John Hurt, Bridget Fonda and Joanne Whalley-Kilmer effectively re-create the real-life sex scandal that brought down the British government in 1963. (HBO)

BLOWN CAPER: THREE FUGITIVES Martin Short shows off some more of his acting resources as a timid man forced to rob a bank so he can take care of his mute daughter; Nick Nolte is the career criminal Short makes the mistake of taking hostage. Sarah Rowland Doroff charmingly plays the daughter. (Touchstone)