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Issue: "Supreme Court dividing line," May 6, 2000
U-571 $20.3 million
1 week in release
$20.3 million to date
CAST / DIRECTOR / STUDIO
Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton / Jonathan Mostow (Breakdown) / Universal Pictures

PLOT
WWII submarine drama about a crew trying to grab a top-secret coding device from a Nazi submarine.

MESSAGE
War takes ordinary men and makes them do amazing things.

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CAUTION
Rated PG-13 for violence and bad language.

Love and Basketball $8.4 million
1 week in release
$8.4 million to date
CAST / DIRECTOR / STUDIO
Omar Epps, Debbi Morgan / Gina Prince-Bythewood / New Line Cinema

PLOT
Sports drama (co-produced by Spike Lee) about a boy and girl who grow up together loving basketball and fall in love as adults.

MESSAGE
Women can play sports with as much determination and drive as men.

CAUTION
Rated PG-13 for sexual situations and bad language.

$8 million
3 weeks in release
$43 million to date
CAST / DIRECTOR / STUDIO
Tommy Lee Jones, Samuel L. Jackson / William Friedkin (The French Connection) / Paramount Pictures

PLOT
A Marine colonel faces a court-martial when a mission to save an ambassador results in civilian deaths.

MESSAGE
There's a big gray area between combat and murder.

CAUTION
Rated R for bad language and war violence.

28 days $7.4 million
2 weeks in release
$22.2 million to date
CAST / DIRECTOR / STUDIO
Sandra Bullock, Viggo Mortensen / Betty Thomas (Private Parts) / Columbia Pictures

PLOT
The heavily sanitized story of a spoiled party animal who gets sent to a rehab clinic and decides to go clean and sober.

MESSAGE
Recovery works-but only for 30 percent of addicts.

CAUTION
Rated PG-13 for bad language, sexual situations, drinking, and drug use.

keeping the faith Ben Stiller, Edward Norton / Edward Norton / Touchstone Pictures

PLOT
Melodramatic comedy about a priest and a rabbi in love with the same woman.

MESSAGE
What you believe doesn't matter; just have faith in something and in the people you love.

CAUTION
Rated PG-13 for bad language and sexual situations.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Wish you could go back in time? Wish you could prevent some disaster that happened in the past? That's the story of Frequency (New Line Cinema; rated PG-13 for bad language and violence), which is like Back to the Future for grownups. A cop (James Caviezel) finds his father's old ham radio setup and discovers that he can talk to his dad (Dennis Quaid) in the past. So the son warns the dad of the fire that killed him 30 years before-and the dad heeds the warning and doesn't die. So the future is irrevocably changed and everything from relationships to the family's furniture has been rearranged. Then both the son in the present and the father in the past must deal with a threat that results from the father not dying. Frequency is science fiction, but it plays much like classic suspense drama and develops its characters into more than comic-book figures or symbols. The film is full of surprises that keep the audience wondering right to the end. Time travel has been portrayed so many ways that trying to figure out what happens with the idea this time is part of the fun.

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