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Friday, October 22, 1999

Movies in Washington-area theaters that have been reviewed by The Washington Post. Click on a letter to go to titles that begin with that letter. Click on the title for reviews and showtimes. To return to this list, click on the "Back" button.

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  'The Sixth Sense' Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment star in "The Sixth Sense." (Hollywood Pictures)
"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.

"Bats" (PG-13): Loud Diamond Phillips and Dina Meyer star in this horror movie about a Texas town invaded by – you guessed it.

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

"Better Than Chocolate" (R): A social circle of lesbians discovers the bonds of love and friendship.

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

"Blue Streak" (PG-13): Ex-con Martin Lawrence discovers that the site where he hid his stash has become a police station. He poses as a police officer to gain access.

"Body Shots" (R): Partying leads to morning-after questions in this drama starring Tara Reid and Jerry O'Connell.

"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."

"Chill Factor" (R): Cuba Gooding Jr. and Skeet Ulrich play two scared men stuck with an explosive device that has to be kept cooler than 50 degrees.

"Crazy in Alabama" (R): This film marks Antonio Banderas's directorial debut in this civil rights-era drama about an eccentric southern housewife, played by Melanie Griffith.

"Deep Blue Sea" (R): Banker Samuel L. Jackson and a team of researchers genetically re-engineer mako sharks for brain research only to find those creatures don't make good lab pets.

"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.

"Double Jeopardy" (R): Ashley Judd is framed for the murder of her husband – by her husband. Years later and big-house toughened up, she gets out and locates the guy, who is living under another name on the insurance money. Tommy Lee Jones co-stars.

"Drive Me Crazy" (PG-13): Melissa Joan Hart, television's "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch," tries to turn her grungy neighbor into a prom date.

"Dudley Do-Right" (PG): Brendan Fraser brings to life another cartoon character, playing the accident prone mountie. Sarah Jessica Parker is Nell and Alfred Molina plays bad guy Snidely Whiplash.

"Fight Club" (R): Blue-collar pugilists Brad Pitt and Edward Norton take fisticuffs to a new dark level. Directed by David Fincher of "Seven."

"For Love of the Game" (PG-13): Kevin Costner is a pitcher for the Detroit Tigers who learns his girlfriend (Kelly Preston) is leaving him and that he's being traded.

"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.

"Jakob the Liar" (PG-13): In Nazi occupied Poland, Jakob (Robin Williams) tells fictitious radio news bulletins about Allied advances against the Nazis to fight the incredible depression and suicide. The Germans then begin a search for the resistance hero.

"Julien Donkey Boy" (R): Filmmaker Harmony Korine's drama spends time with a family of psychological misfits and other dysfunctionals, including Werner Herzog as an abusive father.

"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.

"Life Is Beautiful (PG-13): A tragi-comedy set during World War II in a German work camp.

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

"Mystery, Alaska" (R): The amateur hockey team in Mystery, Alaska, accepts a challenge to play the New York Rangers in a nationally televised event. David E. Kelley wrote the film, which stars Russell Crowe, Hank Azaria and Burt Reynolds.

"Random Hearts" (R): Harrison Ford and Kristin Scott Thomas find themselves drawn together in tragic circumstances.

"The Red Violin" (NR): A finely wrought classical instrument – made in honor of a deceased wife in the 17th century – brings a chain of suffering over several centuries. The movie, which stars Samuel J. Jackson, won eight national film awards in Canada.

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

"Runaway Bride" (PG): Julia Roberts reunites with "Pretty Woman" director Garry Marshall and costar Richard Gere in a romantic comedy about a bride (Roberts) who has dumped three grooms at the altar. Gere is the reporter assigned to write about her.

"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.

"Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace" (PG): Jedi knights Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi protect Queen Amidala after her planet of Naboo is invaded. The Jedi end up fighting Darth Maul and encounter a boy, Anakin Skywalker, who is strong with the Force.

"Stigmata"(R): In this thriller, an atheist (Patricia Arquette) experiences religious visions, prompting the Vatican to send a priest (Gabriel Byrne) to investigate the matter.

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

"The Story of Us" (R): Bruce Willis and Michelle Pfeiffer play a married couple trying to deal with a trial separation in this romantic comedy directed by Rob Reiner, who also co-stars.

"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.

"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.

"Three to Tango" (PG-13): In this offbeat romantic comedy, architects Matthew Perry and Oliver Platt run into complications after Chicago tycoon Dylan McDermott chooses them to compete for the design of a multi-million cultural center, then hires Perry to spy on his girlfriend (Neve Campbell).

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

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