Picks and Pans Review: Now Playing

updated 08/07/2000 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/07/2000 01:00AM

>Chicken Run Worth crowing over. A delightful comedy about plucky chickens by the clay-animation geniuses behind the Wallace & Gromit shorts. (G)

Chuck & Buck As an alternative to dumb, big-budget summer films, try this creepy, disquieting drama about a lollipop-sucking misfit (Mike White, the movie's writer) who stalks his best friend (Chris Weitz) from childhood. (R)

The In Crowd Be thankful you're not one of them. Banal thriller in which the sexy young habitués of a ritzy beach club discover a murderer lurking in their suntanned midst. (PG-13)

The Perfect Storm Great waves, weak characters and story. Stars George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg. (PG-13)

Scary Movie Scream spoof concentrates on gross-out dirty jokes. You'll laugh, but you won't respect yourself the next morning. (R)

What Lies Beneath Michelle Pfeiffer and Harrison Ford play a seemingly happily married couple in a glossy thriller. It begins promisingly but becomes clichéd, made-you-jump fare. (PG-13)

X-Men Good and evil mutants battle in a gloomy, overblown sci-fi fantasy. With each superhero showing off his or her special power, it feels like a vaudeville show of the gods. (PG-13)

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