Picks and Pans Review: Now Playing

updated 03/06/2000 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/06/2000 01:00AM

>American Beauty Thanks to eight Oscar nominations, this corrosive satire about suburbia is back in theaters. (R)

The Beach Leonardo DiCaprio plays an American in Thailand who goes looking for paradise but finds trouble on a secret island. Glub, glub, glub. (R)

Boiler Room A young New Yorker (Giovanni Ribisi) eager for a lucrative job joins a corrupt brokerage firm. This solid, well-acted drama pays big dividends. (R)

Boys Don't Cry Blistering, true-life drama about a woman who was murdered for trying to pass as a man. Go see why star Hilary Swank, now up for an Oscar, has already won a Golden Globe and other acting trophies for her role. (R)

The Green Mile Hocus-pocus in a prison. Swell turns by Tom Hanks and Oscar nominee Michael Clarke Duncan, but at three-plus hours the film feels bloated. (R)

Isn't She Great Maybe, but the movie stinks. Bette Midler flounces her way through a gooey biopic about novelist Jacqueline Susann. (R)

Not One Less A 13-year-old substitute teacher in rural China heads to the city to track down a missing student. Director Zhang Yimou (The Story of Qiu Ju) artfully depicts a China tourists rarely see. (G)

Pitch Black Stylishly shot sci-fi film pits survivors of a spaceship crash against carnivorous creatures of the night. Better than average. (R)

Scream 3

The third movie in the slasher series will have you laughing more than screaming—but enough already, please. (R)

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