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Friday, October 22, 1999

Movies playing in the area that were recommended by Washington Post critics. Click on the title to get reviews and showtimes. To return to this list, click the "Back" button.

  'American Beauty' Kevin Spacey is attracted to high school girl Mena Suvari in "American Beauty." (DreamWorks)
"The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland" (G): Elmo tours Oscar the Grouch's trash can in search of his blanky.

"American Beauty"(R): Lester Burnham's wife hates him, his daughter regards him with contempt and his boss is ready to give him the ax. He decides to make a few changes in his life, but he learns freedom comes at a price. Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening star.

"American Pie" (R): Four sexually frustrated high school boys enter a pact to lose their virginity by prom night.

"Autumn Tale" (PG): The fourth in Eric Rohmer's seasonal French-language quartet, "Tales of the Four Seasons," is about two women who attempt to find a match for their 45-year-old widowed friend.

"The Best Man" (R): A group of college friends, including Taye Diggs, Morris Chestnut and Nia long, reunites after graduation.

"The Blair Witch Project" (R): A thriller about a local Maryland campfire legend.

"Bowfinger" (PG-13): Steve Martin is an unscrupulous film producer who decides to make a movie featuring a well-known Hollywood actor (Eddie Murphy) but without the star's consent. Heather Graham also stars.

"Boys Don't Cry" (R): Hilary Swank plays a young woman who poses as a male and moves to Falls City, Neb., where she/he falls in love with Lana (Chloe Sevigny). Predictably, things turn bad when the truth comes out.

"Bringing Out the Dead" (R): A story of New York paramedics arm deep in occupational gore, starring Nicolas Cage and Patricia Arquette.

"Buena Vista Social Club" (G): German director Wim Wenders turns his cameras on musician Ry Cooder, who gathered a group of Cuban musicians for the album, "The Buena Vista Social Club."

"The Dinner Game" (PG-13): This French movie is about an idle book publisher who spends his time finding unsuspecting idiots to bring to dinner for his roundtable of sarcastic friends. But then he meets the unsuspecting idiot from hell.

"Edge of Seventeen" (NR): Chris Stafford plays Eric, a secretly gay, Midwestern high schooler during the mid-'80s who tries to make his flamboyant clothes speak for his secret sexual identity.

"Eternity and a Day" (NR): Follows the last few days of a Greek poet who is trying to reach some sense of peace.

"Guinevere" (R): Sarah Polley, the odd one out in a family of high achievers, falls in love with Stephen Rea, a passionate photographer, in Audrey Wells's film.

"Happy, Texas" (PG-13): A comedy about two escaped prisoners (Jeremy Northam and Steve Zahn) who pose as beauty pageant directors in the small Texas town of Happy.

"An Ideal Husband" (PG-13): Ladies' man Rupert Everett is called upon to assist in a sticky situation involving love, sex and politics. The film is based on the Oscar Wilde play and includes Julianne Moore, Minnie Driver and Cate Blanchett.

"In Too Deep" (R): A police officer (Omar Epps) goes undercover to bust a dealer called God (LL Cool J). It also stars Nia Long.

"Inspector Gadget" (PG): Matthew Broderick stars as a security guard literally blown to pieces by nasty old Rupert Everett (Claw) and then reconstructed as Inspector Gadget, a detective with an arsenal of sophisticated gizmos and gadgetry.

"The Iron Giant" (PG): This animated feature – based on Ted Hughes's 1968 story – is about a giant robot that lands in Maine and makes friends with a 9-year-old boy.

"The King of Masks" (NR): In 1930s China, an elderly street performer who is looking for an heir buys a boy from a destitute parent. He later discovers the boy is actually a girl.

"The Limey" (R): Terence Stamp is a tough Cockney hood who goes to Hollywood to find out who killed his daughter.

"The Muse" (PG-13): Albert Brooks plays a failing screenwriter who hires Sharon Stone to be his official source of inspiration. Andie MacDowell and Jeff Bridges also star.

"Mystery Men" (R): When Champion City's protective superhero is kidnapped, seven unexpected heroes band together to save the city and their hero. The cast includes Hank Azaria, Ben Stiller, Greg Kinnear, Geoffrey Rush, Janeane Garofalo and William H. Macy.

"Run Lola Run" (R): Time becomes a precious commodity in the savvy German picture as Lola races to save her boyfriend from angry gangsters.

"The Sixth Sense" (PG): Bruce Willis plays a child psychologist who tries to help an 8-year-old boy who can see, hear and talk to dead spirits.

"South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut" (R): The characters from the cable cartoon show invade the big screen. After parents get upset after third-graders sneak into an R-rated movie, the boys risk their lives in the name of freedom.

"Stir of Echoes" (R): Kevin Bacon volunteers to have himself hypnotized, only to find himself suddenly able to see the supernatural.

"The Straight Story" (G): Written and directed by David Lynch, Richard Farnsworth rides across Iowa on a lawn mower to visit his estranged and ailing brother, Harry Dean Stanton.

"Sugar Town" (R): It's a fictional look at today's music scene, from Allison Anders who worked a similar take on the '50s musical scene in "Grace of My Heart." With Ally Sheedy, Rosanna Arquette and Duran Duran's John Taylor.

"Superstar" (PG-13): Molly Shannon reprises her Mary Katherine Gallagher role – the character made famous on "Saturday Night Live." Will Ferrell also appears.

"Tarzan" (G): Edgar Rice Burroughs's famous man-child surfs jungle trees in Walt Disney's animated feature. The movie features the voices of Tony Goldwyn, Minnie Driver, Rosie O'Donnell, Glenn Close and songs by Phil Collins.

"The 13th Warrior" (R): Antonio Banderas is an Islamic emissary who falls in with a group of Norse warriors seeking a mysterious enemy. It's based on the Michael Crichton novel.

"The Thomas Crown Affair" (R): A remake of the 1968 Steve McQueen-Faye Dunaway classic, this high-class love affair matches self-made billionaire Pierce Brosnan against Rene Russo, a brilliant investigator who suspects Brosnan of stealing a priceless Monet.

"Three Kings" (R): George Clooney plays an Army officer who, in the aftermath of the Persian Gulf War, sponsors a heist for some Iraqi gold. But along the way, he and his team meet some villagers at risk. Other stars are Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube and Spike Jonze.

"Windhorse" (NR): This American film by director Paul Wagner about the liberation of Tibet is in Chinese with English subtitles.

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