EW Staff
August 23, 1996 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Is it fair to judge a movie by just two minutes of footage? Of course not. But it’s more than fair to judge the trailers themselves. Here are the early reviews:

The First Wives Club Making equal use of Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, and Diane Keaton, the trailer has audiences hooting. Particularly enticing is Midler, as she tangles with Sarah Jessica Parker, munches Mallomars, and sings ”You Don’t Own Me” with her costars. But the clincher is Ivana Trump’s cameo advice to the three amigas: ”Ladies, remember, don’t get mad, get ev-er-y-theeng.” A

Feeling Minnesota Keanu Reeves and Cameron Diaz star in…an uproarious road comedy? A grim romance in which they’re threatened by an interloper? A quirky drama about complex family dynamics? Or (we suspect) a hodgepodge of all of the above? C

The Ghost and the Darkness Are Val Kilmer and Michael Douglas fighting the African natives, the British imperialists, the railroad, some supernatural wildlife, or each other? You hope the movie itself isn’t as disjointed — but is as terrifying as the obtuse trailer suggests. B

Ransom Touchstone’s sneak peek starts slowly, with the domestic bliss of Rene Russo and Mel Gibson being shattered with a phone call from their son’s kidnappers, then zips into a montage of Gibson running in traffic, rolling across the hood of a cab, and getting slapped by Russo. Just as your head begins to spin, director Ron Howard’s reassuring name appears on screen. This we’ve got to see. A

Sleepers A half-baked trailer, since no one who hasn’t read the book can figure out what the movie’s about. Apparently Kevin Bacon did something really bad to a bunch of boys who get mad, grow up, and get even. (Somehow Robert De Niro figures in as a priest.) Still, the trailer’s an effective tease: lots of revenge (”It’s payback time,” says Brad Pitt) and hunk bonding. B

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