Picks and Pans Review: Now Playing

updated 03/13/2000 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/13/2000 AT 01:00 AM EST

>Agnes Browne Anjelica Huston directed and stars in a pleasant but slight comedy about an Irish widow hankering to see Tom Jones live onstage. (R)

Boiler Room Young men in a hurry to make their fortunes sell bogus stocks to gullible investors over the phone. Timely, vivid drama boasts a strong cast. (R)

Hanging Up Bad connection. Sisters (Diane Keaton, Meg Ryan and Lisa Kudrow) deal with each other and dying dad (Walter Matthau). Goes for cute rather than real. (PG-13)

Snow Day No better, but no worse, than a lot of other kids' movies. And it does feature Chevy Chase in a hula skirt. (PG)

The Straight Story Richard Farnsworth, deservedly up for an Oscar, plays an elderly gent who chugs across Iowa on his rider mower. A must-see. (G)

Tumbleweeds Gritty but entertaining comedy-drama about a nomadic mother (Janet McTeer) and daughter (Kimberly J. Brown) is back in theaters, thanks to McTeer's Oscar nomination. (PG-13)

The Whole Nine Yards Comes up short. Matthew Perry as a dentist and Bruce Willis as his hit-man neighbor. (R)

Wonder Boys Our current fave for grown-ups. Michael Douglas excels as an English prof who must straighten out his professional and personal lives. (R)

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