See what we think of ''Mr. Skeffington,'' ''A Room With a View,'' and ''Ethan Frome''

By Lawrence O'Toole
Updated April 08, 1994 at 04:00 AM EDT

What to rent if ”The Age of Innocence” is out

And you crave a film with a similar theme — throwing away true love — there’s always Mr. Skeffington, in which a society belle (Bette Davis) mistreats her devoted husband (Claude Rains). But when a disease ravages her looks, the tables turn. A-

In another adaptation of an Edith Wharton work, there’s Liam Neeson as the reclusive Ethan Frome. We learn in flashback, through his relationships with two women (Joan Allen and Patricia Arquette), the sad ironies of his life. B-

Finally, if you’d like a movie with exquisite period detail, try Merchant Ivory’s production of A Room With a View , about young love in Florence and repression in England. It features a splendid array of performers, most notably the delightfully apologetic Maggie Smith. A