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Culture | The top 5 videos in popularity as measured by rental receipts for the week ended March 26

Issue: "Money to burn," April 15, 2000
the bone collector $8.47 million
2 weeks in release
$18.06 million to date
CAST / DIRECTOR / STUDIO
Denzel Washington, Angelina Jolie / Phillip Noyce / Universal Pictures

PLOT
A paralyzed forensics expert recruits a cop to help him chase a serial killer.

MESSAGE
Gothic-style film noir that descends into an urban nightmare with death and terror at every turn.

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CAUTION
Rated R for bad language, violence, and gore.

Double Jeopardy $6.08 million
5 weeks in release
$49.15 million to date
CAST / DIRECTOR / STUDIO
Ashley Judd, Tommy Lee Jones / Bruce Beresford / Paramount Pictures

PLOT
Innocent woman convicted of murdering her jerk husband discovers hubby isn't dead.

MESSAGE
Revenge is mine! Since she already did jail time for "killing" her husband, she decides she can hunt him down with impunity.

CAUTION
Rated R for bad language, violence, and sexual situations.

Eyes Wide Shut $4.09 million
3 weeks in release
$18.4 million to date
CAST / DIRECTOR / STUDIO
Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman / Stanley Kubrick (2001: A Space Odyssey) / Warner Bros.

PLOT
A rich Manhattan couple faces their sexual obsessions in a long, detailed fashion.

MESSAGE
Freudianism meets nihilism: Life is dead, love is dead, sex is dead.

CAUTION
Rated R for graphic sex, frequent nudity, and bad language.

Random Hearts $4.09 million
4 weeks in release
$22.45 million to date
CAST / DIRECTOR / STUDIO
Harrison Ford, Kristin Scott Thomas / Sydney Pollack / Columbia Pictures

PLOT
Grief and romance collide for a cop and a liberal Republican congresswoman when their cheating spouses die in a plane crash.

MESSAGE
No man knows his time; secret plans may be revealed in unusual ways.

CAUTION
Rated R for bad language, violence, and sexual situations.

stigmata $3.42 million
4 weeks in release
$22.83 million to date
CAST / DIRECTOR / STUDIO
Patricia Arquette, Gabriel Byrne / Rupert Wainwright / MGM

PLOT
Exorcist-style thriller about a woman who finds stigmata on herself and a secret gospel supposedly written by Jesus.

MESSAGE
Anti-Christian double talk. Stigmata proposes that organized religion is one big scam, but it's packed with its own brand of mystical mumbo-jumbo.

CAUTION
Stigmata wears its blasphemy with pride. Rated R for profanity, sexual situations, nudity, and violence.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
The studio that gave us The Prince of Egypt jumped over to the pagan side for its second animated feature. The Road to El Dorado (DreamWorks; rated PG for brief cartoon nudity and mild language) is the story of Tulio and Miguel, con men (with the voices of Kevin Kline and Kenneth Branagh) who stumble across the lost city of gold. The natives think they are gods and the pair plays along to grab some loot. But the movie falters by throwing in all the standard clichés of other animated movies. There are the standard songs, which are under-performed by Elton John. There's the standard-issue Evil Sorcerer with his standard-issue Enchanted Monster. There's the obligatory nod to political correctness, with Spanish conqueror Hernán Cortés as a villainous tyrant. The movie gives a slight tip of the hat to the old Bing Crosby/Bob Hope "Road" movies, with the leads swapping one-liners throughout. It also throws in twists and tries to be a decent adventure story. For some reason there is suggested sexual content that doesn't belong and will drive parents away. There were good ideas in El Dorado that were lost in execution.

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