Picks and Pans Review: Now Playing

updated 09/09/2002 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/09/2002 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Blue Crush It's Flashdance on surfboards as a determined miss (Kate Bosworth) prepares for a big wave contest in Hawaii and finds romance with a cute pro quarterback (Matthew Davis). A guilty pleasure. (PG-13)

The Good Girl Jennifer Aniston holds her own among talented costars (including Jake Gyllenhaal and John C. Reilly) in a black comedy about a bored store clerk in Texas. (R)

Mostly Martha In a flavorful romantic comedy, German actress Martina Gedeck is just the right mixture of sweet and sour as an uptight chef who needs a recipe for love and motherhood. (With subtitles) (PG)

My Big Fat Greek Wedding This summer's sleeper hit features plenty of laughs, most of them obvious and broad, as a Greek-American woman (Nia Vardalos, who's also the screenwriter) defies her family to marry her WASPy beau (John Corbett). (PG)

Possession Two couples, one contemporary scholars (Gwyneth Paltrow and Aaron Eckhart) and the other Victorian poets (Jeremy Northam and Jennifer Ehle), learn to follow their hearts in this literate love story. Based on A.S. Byatt's novel. (PG-13)

Signs Director-writer M. Night Shyamalan easily mixes suspense and humor in a tale of possible alien invaders, but none of it really makes much sense. Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix star. (PG-13)

Simone In a flawed but funny Hollywood satire, a director (Al Pacino) finds success only upon creating a virtual star. (PG-13)

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