By EW Staff
Updated June 01, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT


SHREK Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy (PG) DreamWorks’ sly and hilarious animated tale earns its many laughs even as it fires devastating broadsides at rival studio Disney. A

CALLE 54 Documentary (G) Representing the best of ”Latin jazz,” a dozen bands gather in a Manhattan studio, resulting in a beguiling stew that reaffirms the restorative powers of music. B+

EUREKA Koji Yakusho (unrated) In this austere Japanese drama, a traumatized brother and sister take a road trip after surviving a bus hijacking. B+

STARTUP.COM Documentary (R) Two young entrepreneurs dig for gold in the digital age. An unflinching eye on the Internet boom and bust. A

THE KING IS ALIVE Janet McTeer, Jennifer Jason Leigh (R) A Dogma 95 film about a group of tourists who stage King Lear in the middle of a desert. Pretentious, artsy, and surprisingly good. A-

UNDER THE SAND Charlotte Rampling, Jacques Nolot (unrated) An eerie French mystery in which a woman copes with life after her husband’s sudden disappearance. B+

Video & DVD

BEST IN SHOW Fred Willard (PG-13) In this quirky dogumentary, director Christopher Guest turns his comic eye on the whimsical world of dog shows. A-

BEFORE NIGHT FALLS Javier Bardem (R) Oscar nominee Bardem uses vibrant humor to temper the deep tragedy of Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas’ harrowing life. B+

BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA: SPECIAL EDITION DVD Kurt Russell (PG-13) This luxe reissue of John Carpenter’s 1986 cult classic, a kind of kung-fu-Western-buddy-Chinese-ghost-story, delivers plenty of kicks. B+

THE X-FILES SEASON 3 GIFT COLLECTION David Duchovny (unrated) FBI agents Mulder and Scully discover, once again, that spooky aliens and true love elude them. A

LOUIS PRIMA: THE WILDEST! Documentary (unrated) The hepcat jazz trumpeter and singer’s life and career are chronicled against the musical landscape of New York City, New Orleans, and Las Vegas. A

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN Yul Brynner (unrated) A cadre of wandering warriors right the wrongs in this Western derived from Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai. B+

REQUIEM FOR A DREAM Ellen Burstyn (unrated) Based on Hubert Selby Jr.’s novel; Burstyn plunges into the crippling world of drug addiction and broken promises. A



CLOSE TO THE SHORE Michael Capuzzo (Broadway) A great white shark patrols the New England shoreline. Summer’s hot read. A-

NICKELED AND DIMED: ON (NOT) GETTING BY IN AMERICA Barbara Ehrenreich (Metropolitan Books) A clear-eyed look at how minimum wagers exist in a society of exorbitant wealth. A

SELECTED LETTERS OF DASHIELL HAMMETT 1921-1960 Richard Layman (Counterpoint) Wry and witty personal letters from the author of The Maltese Falcon. A-

STAYING TUNED: A LIFE IN JOURNALISM Daniel Schorr (Pocket Books) From the Berlin Wall to Watergate, the legendary CBS journalist revisits the big stories of his career. B+


THE COLLECTED STORIES OF RICHARD YATES Richard Yates (Henry Holt & Co.) A long-overdue retrospective including seven previously unpublished stories by an American realist. A

THE DYING ANIMAL Philip Roth (Houghton Mifflin) Roth’s sour old hedonist cracks up as a sex fling turns into a love affair. A-

EMPIRE FALLS Richard Russo (Knopf) The author of Nobody’s Fool heads to Maine, where the weather, and his characters, are frigid. B+

BACK WHEN WE WERE GROWNUPS Anne Tyler (Knopf) In her 15th novel, Tyler, elegant as ever, tracks a woman’s unnerving midlife crisis. A



THE DEAD JUDY BAND NAME SERVER (dreamscape.com/nwilson/band.htm) ”Spayed Toy Oysters” is just one up-for-grabs musical moniker culled from this database. A-

S — – ON THE RADIO (shitontheradio.com) Don’t worry, FCC, it’s only a shrine to songbird Nelly Furtado. B+


HEATH BABY (heathbaby.com) A fanatical tribute to A Knight’s Tale’s Heath Ledger, not the candy bar. B+

BRIDGET JONES’S DIARY (bridgetjonesdiary.msn.com) Another place to cheer on Renee Zellweger’s endearing Everygirl. B+


ALL PASSIONS ALL THE TIME (angelfire.com/journal/fleurspage/galen.html) A campy, clever homage to the witchiest soap this side of Salem. A

CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION (cbs.com/csi) Feeling FBI? This official site offers a CBS-grade forensic education. B+


THE DANCING PAUL PAGE (dancing paul.com) Proof that even digitally recreated white boys can’t dance. A-

MOCCU (moccu.com) Float through an interactive coral reef at this German Web design firm’s hypnotic site. A-


ATERCIOPELADOS Gozo Poderoso (BMG Latin/Arista) Colombian kitsch-‘n’-syncopators mix Bronx beats, Soweto guitars, and lazy Mediterranean melodies. B+

DESTINY’S CHILD Survivor (Columbia) Chart-topping R&B trio serve up sonic snow cones, giddy flirtations, and sunny-day pop. B+

TAMMY COCHRAN Tammy Cochran (Epic) Newcomer puts heart and hardship back into country music with attitude and angst. B+

NIKKA COSTA Everybody Got Their Something (Virgin) Bell-bottomed chanteuse crossbreeds songcraft with ass-thump funk. A-

MISSY ELLIOTT Miss E…So Addictive (Goldmine/Elektra) Elliott’s sexy, provocative rhymes mix with producer Timbaland’s robust beats. B+

CHARLIE HADEN Nocturne (Verve) Lovely, low-key program of Latin-tinged ballads and mood pieces from the jazz bassist. B+

JOE HENRY Scar (Mammoth) Neglected rock iconoclast, mad poet, and brilliant sonic scenarist’s music swoons like the soundtrack for a noir carnival. A

DAVID BYRNE Look Into the Eyeball (Virgin) Ex-Talking Head makes his Great Solo Album, folding diverse elements into his sweetest melodies ever. A-

PAUL McCARTNEY Wingspan: Hits and History (Capitol) Collection of post-Fab work reminds us he could fly solo when he tried. B+

JANE MONHEIT Come Dream With Me (N-Coded Music) Jazz vocalist sings standards with a charm beyond her 23 years. B+

TYRESE 2000 Watts (RCA) Pure pop appeal will inspire involuntary head nods and dance-floor abandon. B+

VARIOUS ARTISTS The Sopranos: Peppers & Eggs (Columbia) Wild-eyed eclecticism makes this the savviest TV companion album ever made. A-

WEEZER Weezer (Geffen) The nerds return to a winning formula of power pop and smart-aleck rants. B+

WHISKEYTOWN Pneumonia (Lost Highway) Raspy, elegant, sleepy swan song from Ryan Adams’ alt-country outfit. B+