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updated 02/19/2001 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/19/2001 01:00AM

>Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Pure movie magic, even if it's in Mandarin with subtitles. This tale of romance and martial arts derring-do will transport you. Just trust us and go. (PG-13)

Hannibal Fails to conquer. FBI agent Clarice Starling (Julianne Moore, subbing for Jodie Foster) and a still hungry Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) return for a pointless and gruesome, though well-acted, sequel to 1991 's The Silence of the Lambs. (R)

Head Over Heels

Stumbling romantic comedy has bland Monica Potter fall for bland Freddie Prinze Jr. until—shades of Rear Window—she thinks she sees him kill someone. She and her four supermodel roomies investigate. (PG-13)

The Pledge Intriguing, ambiguous suspense thriller stars Jack Nicholson as a retired homicide detective obsessively pursuing a case. Sean Penn directed. (R)

Saving Silverman Beyond rescuing. Crude, clumsy comedy about two laid-back dudes (Jack Black and Steve Zahn) resorting to desperate measures to break up the romance between their best pal (Jason Biggs) and his bossy fiancée (Amanda Peet).(PG-13)

Traffic Gets a green light. Superior ensemble drama about the war on drugs. (R)

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