THE CLAIM (MGM, R) American Beauty’s Wes Bentley is a post-gold rush railroad surveyor caught in the middle of love’s crossfires.
DOWN TO EARTH (Paramount, PG-13) Chris Rock gets freaky with Warren Beatty’s Heaven Can Wait (itself a remake of 1941’s Here Comes Mr. Jordan).
MONKEYBONE (Fox, PG-13) Brendan Fraser creates an animated character named Monkeybone that springs from his repressed sexual aggressions. Clever title.
SNATCH (Columbia TriStar, R) Incomprehensible Irish Gypsy Brad Pitt and his low-rent friends are up to no good in this cockney gangster story.
THIRTEEN DAYS (New Line, PG-13) Kevin Costner tries on yet another accent as President Kennedy’s confidant during the Cuban Missile Crisis.