February 18, 2000 at 05:00 AM EST

Women. Can’t live with ’em, can’t live without ’em — at least not if you plan to go to the movies this spring. Between now and summer action season, Hollywood has enough estrogen-powered pictures to program cable’s new Oxygen net until Y3K. There’s Erin Brockovich, starring Julia Roberts as a modern-day legal crusader. There’s Sandra Bullock getting sober in 28 Days. There’s Diane Keaton directing herself, Meg Ryan, and Lisa Kudrow in Hanging Up. And there’s a huge rack of big-name actresses — Glenn Close, Cameron Diaz, Holly Hunter, Calista Flockhart — in the Sundance drama Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her. But don’t worry, guys, you’ll still be on top in testosterone pics like Mission to Mars, U-571, and Reindeer Games (starring cover kids Ben Affleck and Charlize Theron). For more — including a little Beach-front property occupied by a tenant named Leo — slip into EW’s Spring Preview and, like a Calgon bath, we’ll take you away.


Our amazingly scientific rating system does not gauge the quality of the films. It does, however, measure, on a scale of 1 to 10, the stuff that buzz is made of: hype, word of mouth, and overall watercooler-worthiness.

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