By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Updated February 20, 2004 at 05:00 AM EST

Our movie reviewers answer your questions

In talking about The Lord of the Rings, The Matrix, and Kill Bill, my friends and I argue about the definition of a sequel. What’s yours? — Jeff Bazarko Oh, good, Jeff, word games! Per the dictionary, a sequel is ”a literary or cinematic work continuing the course of a story begun in a preceding one.” And by such a ruling, subsequent installments of all three of your examples qualify. But since each progresses to the planned conclusion of a larger story, I’d call them ”chapters” and reserve ”sequel” to describe what happens when a self-contained movie makes money and some studio wizard suggests, ”Hey, how about 2 Fast 2 Furious?”

What was the last movie you saw that was so funny it made you cry? — Andrew Lynch I hiccuped with hysteria when I saw Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and felt lucky to be sitting upright: The guy next to me slid out of his seat — literally — in a puddle of mirth. It was like something out of…a cartoon.