Picks and Pans Review: Now Playing

UPDATED 07/10/2000 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 07/10/2000 at 01:00 AM EDT

>Boys and Girls Teen dream Freddie Prinze Jr. doing the same old same old: mooning around campus until he finally gets the girl (Claire Forlani). (PG-13)

Chicken Run The yolks keep coming in a delightful comedy about plucky fowl trying to escape from an egg farm. This family film is by the clay-animation geniuses behind Wallace & Gromit. (G)

Croupier At last, a movie for grownups. Intriguing thriller about a novelist (Clive Owen) who learns that real life trumps fiction. (Not rated)

Gladiator Thumbs up. Russell Crowe rules as a heroic Roman in a rousing swords-and-sandals epic. (R)

Gone in 60 Seconds Forgotten even faster. This one is running on empty as Nicolas Cage's car thief has to steal 50 cars in one night. (PG-13)

Hamlet Nifty, contemporary version of the play. Hamlet (Ethan Hawke) delivers his "To be, or not to be" speech in the Action section of a Blockbuster. (R)

Me, Myself & Irene A slapstick farce from the duo behind There's Something About Mary stars Jim Carrey as a cop with two personalities. Like Mary, it's way crude and very funny. (R)

The Patriot Mel Gibson talks softly but carries a big tomahawk in a bloody Revolutionary War epic. Well-paced, intelligent first half, but then it peters out. (R)

Shanghai Noon Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson team in goofy, anything-goes Western. (PG-13)

Titan A.E. Animated sci-fi film is pictorially glorious but the plot is old helmet. (PG)

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