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FEBRUARY 14, 2000: 

AMERICAN MOVIE (R)
Projects like Blair Witch make filmmaking look like a breeze, so much so that any Joe or Jane could pick up a camera and go. Which is exactly what director Chris Smith (American Job) does to talent-challenged, would-be auteur Mark Borchardt in this documentary.
Prediction: Amerian Movie won raves at last year's Sundance, not only for vindicating the skill it takes to make a movie, but for Smith treating Borchardt with neither ridicule or irony, yet still with humor and fun. And, nope, the Guru is not striving to do the same; we treat everyone with equal amounts of withering condescension.
Probable Entertainment Value: A


THE BEACH (R)
Leonardo DiCaprio is back—and still in the water! This time he finds the secret island of his dreams, only to have them turn into nightmares. How original.
Prediction: The triumvirate of director Danny Boyle, producer Andrew Macdonald, and screenwriter John Hodge (Trainspotting, Shallow Grave) can do wonders with dark material, but will this be another fiasco like A Life Less Ordinary (the horror! the horror!)? And does it matter, since Leo means that the film will have a built-in audience?
Probable Entertainment Value: C


SNOW DAY (PG)
Schools close on a snowy day in Syracuse, N.Y. and all heck breaks loose. Yup, that's the entire plot. With Chris Elliott, Chevy Chase, Jean Smart, and Mark Webber.
Prediction: Even kids will find it moronic. But Chris Elliott does play an evil snow plow operator...
Probable Entertainment Value: D


THE TIGGER MOVIE (G)
Come back to the whimsical Hundred Acre Wood and let A.A. Milne's creations make you a kid again. Remember—the title character prefers "T-I-double guh-rrr."
Prediction: Let me be sincere for just one moment—as long as Disney hasn't snuck in a Phil Collins number, it'll be magical.
Probable Entertainment Value: A


TOPSY-TURVY (R)
Just the other day I was wondering when someone would produce a movie on colorful composers Gilbert & Sullivan. Thankfully, Mike Leigh (Naked, Secrets and Lies, Life is Sweet) can read my thoughts and brought his unique style to the lives of these late-Victorians.
Prediction: Critics are calling this Leigh's best film, which is heady praise on the heels of Secrets & Lies.
Probable Entertainment Value: A


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