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UPDATED 10/02/2000 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 10/02/2000 at 01:00 AM EDT

>Almost Famous

Almost perfect. Compassionate coming-of-age story about a 15-year-old rock journalist who learns about life and love while on the road with a band. Great performances by Frances McDormand, Billy Crudup, newcomer Patrick Fugit and—especially—Kate Hudson. (R)

Bait Jamie Foxx in a big, noisy, confusing thriller about the hunt for a hidden stash of gold ingots. Not worth hooking. (R)

The Exorcist It's back, and the devil is still making Linda Blair do it. The 1973 horror hit about a child possessed by Satan is being rereleased with 11 minutes of extra footage (most notably Blair coming downstairs making like an upside-down crab) and hyped-up sound. The passing years (and too many imitators) have not been kind. (R)

Nurse Betty Wild and wacky and unlike anything else out there. Renée Zellweger is superb as a waitress convinced that she's a character on a soap opera. Morgan Freeman and Chris Rock score as hit men on her trail. (R)

Space Cowboys A blast. Geezer astronauts Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland and James Garner prove that age has nothing to do with gravity in this fun action drama. (PG-13)

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