Picks and Pans Review: Now Playing

updated 07/24/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/24/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>Chicken Run Fearless fowl plot their great escape from a poultry farm in a delightful comedy by the clay-animation geniuses behind Wallace & Gromit. (G)

Croupier Engrossing, twisty thriller about a writer (Clive Owen) who learns that true life trumps fiction when he gets a job at a London casino. (Not rated)

Disney's The Kid When he meets himself as a 7-year-old, Bruce Willis realizes it's never too late to live up to your childhood dreams. The premise may be strained, but this lively, sentimental comic fantasy will score with both children and adults. (PG)

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

The Patriot Mel Gibson shows the redcoats his lethal weapons (including muskets and a tomahawk) in a bloody Revolutionary War epic. Well-paced first half, then it peters out. (R)

The Perfect Storm Imperfect movie. Freakishly bad weather system menaces doughty fishing-boat skipper George Clooney. Great waves, weak characters and story. (PG-13)

Scary Movie Scream spoof is bigger on dirty jokes than scares. (R)

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