Movies

Thursday, August 24, 2000

Chuck and Buck

Guys who were best buds as 11-year-olds reconnect 15 years later to find that the defining incident for one is for the other disposable as used chewing gum. Anxiety-provoking performances by Chris Weitz and Mike White, who wrote the screenplay. Directed by Miguel Arteta. R.

Butterfly

A village in Galicia becomes a micrcosm for the personal and political dynamics of the looming Spanish Civil War. A bleak, but rewarding and compassionate film with a superb performance from the great Spanish actor Fernando Fernan Gomez. R.

Bring It On

Kirsten Dunst is a smiling San Diego cheerleader whose yuppie team must compete with an inner city hip-hop squad for a national championship. PG-13.

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The Crew

Burt Reynolds and Richard Dreyfuss are among a group of goodfellas seeking a peaceful Florida retirement. But they resent the infiltration of yuppies into their neighborhood. PG-!3.

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The Art of War

Wesley Snipes plays an agent who uncovers a plot to overthrow the United Nations. Anne Archer and Donald Sutherland co-star. R.

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The Cell

The never-bashful Jennifer Lopez plays a child therapist who discovers the means to explore the mind of a comatose serial killer. Co-stars Vince Vaughn and Vincent D'Onofrio. R.

Godzilla 2000

Produced in the giant reptile's native Japan, this flick pits Godzilla against a 6,000-year-old alien. PG.

The Replacements

Keanu Reeves plays quarterback to a group of replacements called in when pampered football stars go on strike. Gene Hackman coaches them in this raucous comedy. The climactic game is with Dallas. PG-13.

Autumn in New York

Playboy Richard Gere falls for Winona Ryder, who's not only decades younger but also has a terminal ailment. Manhattan, Richard and Winona are all bound to be prettily photographed. PG-13.

Bless the Child

Kim Basinger fears that her niece could be kidnapped by a satanic cult. Jimmy Smits and Christina Ricci co-star. R.

Space Cowboys

Clint Eastwood directs and stars with Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland and James Garner as codgers recruited by NASA to save a damaged '60s satellite that's heading for Earth. PG-13.

Hollow Man

In Paul Verhoeven's gritty, sexy remake of "The Invisible Man," Kevin Bacon plays an arrogant scientist who injects himself with an invisibility serum. Elisabeth Shue and Josh Brolin are puzzled colleagues. R.

Coyote Ugly

Aspiring songwriter Piper Perabo winds up with an intriguing day job in an outrageous bar run by sexy young women. PG-13.

Nutty Professor II: The Klumps

Eddie Murphy returns as shy, slovenly Professor Klump and his abrasive alter ego Buddy Love. The alter-ego theme didn't serve Jim Carrey well in "Me, Myself & Irene." But the lure of Eddie Murphy playing a variety of Klumps while co-starring with Janet Jackson may prove irresistible to the public. PG-13.

What Lies Beneath

Longtime happily marrieds Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer think their house could be haunted -- and that the poltergeist is the ghost of a dead student with whom Professor Ford had a fling. PG-13.

X-Men

Director Bryan Singer brings the popular comic-book superheroes to life. The cast includes Patrick Stewart, Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen and Anna Paquin. PG-13.

The Kid

Bruce Willis plays a successful but shallow image consultant who's visited by a kid who represents Willis' character as an 8-year-old. The kid unsparingly tells the older Willis what a disappointment he is as an adult. After all, the child is father of the man -- or something like that. PG.

The Patriot

The battle scenes offer a new, grander dimension thanks to digital effects, but the screenplay seems reminiscent of many a war movie or Western. Gibson plays a South Carolina landowner who refuses to enlist because of his seven motherless children and a haunting memory of the French and Indian War. When he sees the British harm his own family, he organizes a militia that terrorizes the enemy. Roland Emmerich ("Independence Day") directed with vigor, and the John Williams score heightens the drama. R.

The Perfect Storm

The wind-whipped sea plays the biggest part in this suspense-filled, tragic tale. George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg are along for the wet ride. PG-13.

Chicken Run

From the creators of "Wallace and Gromit" comes this animated tale of hens who stage a great escape from the frying pan. Voices include Mel Gibson, Brenda Blethyn, Jane Horrocks and Joan Plowright. G.