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UPDATED 05/01/2000 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 05/01/2000 at 01:00 AM EDT

>Croupier Low-budget, crafty crime drama follows a blocked writer (the reptilian Clive Owen) who signs on to work as a dealer for a shady London casino. Worth seeking out. (Not rated)

Erin Brockovich Even if you don't normally like Julia Roberts's movies, go see this true-life drama about a file clerk who takes on a power company. It's both inspirational and entertaining. (R)

Gossip Vile trifle about chic college kids who let a rumor get way out of control. James Marsden and Lena Headey star. (R)

Keeping the Faith Pleasant but slack romantic comedy about best buddies, a priest (Edward Norton, who also directed) and a rabbi (Ben Stiller), who both fall in love with the same woman (Jenna Elfman). (PG-13)

The Last September It's 1920 and the Anglo-Irish aristocracy in Ireland fails to grasp how profoundly independence will change their world. Despite a strong cast (Dame Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon and Fiona Shaw), this period drama seems slight. (R)

Return to Me Cheery romance is far more appealing than its hokey plot deserves. Minnie Driver and David Duchovny star. (PG)

28 Days Here's looking at you, Sandra Bullock. Sharp, often funny take on going through rehab. (PG-13)

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