Picks and Pans Review: Now Playing

updated 08/14/2000 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/14/2000 01:00AM

>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 childhood best friend (Chris Weitz).(R)

Coyote Ugly Trying to make it in New York City, a girl singer-songwriter (Piper Perabo) works nights at a female-run watering hole where the bartenders dress like killer vixens and dance on the counter. Their choreography falls somewhere between Flashdance and Riverdance. The movie is so unabashedly air-headed you come out with a mildly pleasant buzz. (PG-13)

Loser Jason Biggs and Mena Suvari play campus misfits, but it's the movie (directed by Amy Heckerling) that seems truly clueless about modern college life. (PG-13)

Nutty Professor II: The Klumps When it comes to Eddie Murphy, the more the merrier. Playing six different characters in an uneven sequel to his 1996 comedy hit, he practically steals the movie from himself. (PG-13)

The Perfect Storm Great waves, weak characters and story. Stars George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg as fishermen too far out in the North Atlantic. (PG-13)

Thomas and the Magic Railroad The spunky blue steam engine, already familiar to young TV audiences, helps Mr. Conductor (Alec Baldwin) and searches for a missing locomotive. Strictly for the 5-and-under crowd. (G)

What Lies Beneath Michelle Pfeiffer and Harrison Ford play a seemingly happily married couple in a glossy thriller. Begins promisingly but deteriorates into clich├ęd, 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 vaudeville of the gods. (PG-13)

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