"Gone in 60 Seconds," "Passion of Mind" and "Fantasia 2000" 

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!B! "Gone in Sixty Seconds"!B! "Passion of Mind"!B! "Fantasia 2000"!B! "Shanghai Noon"

"Gone in Sixty Seconds" — Why actionmeister Jerry Bruckheimer would pump $90 million into remaking H. B. Halicki's obscure, 1974 drive-in flick and then be stingy with what made the original so much fun is beyond me. Where's the pure, adrenaline-pumping 40-minute demolition-derby car chase? Where's the mindless revving of engines, the tire-burning mayhem and the crunching of metal meeting metal?

Must be somewhere on the cutting room floor 'cause what we're left with is a 12-minute overedited joyride in a 1967 Shelby Mustang GT that never got me all white-knuckled. What's left is a dark, flat, humorless story where even star Nicolas Cage's weird intensity starts to run out of gas.

Fellow Oscar winners Angelina Jolie and Robert Duvall, as Cage's character's former flame and former mentor, respectively, do what they can, but this ain't no acting movie. Although you'll enjoy the chase when it's happening, once it's over — it's gone in less than 60 seconds.

"Passion of Mind" — For her follow up to "Striptease," the Demi-goddess does the demimonde art movie. OK, sort of. In this Alain Berliner ("Ma Vie En Rose") film, Demi Moore plays a woman who can't tell dream from reality. You see, she's either Marie, a rural French widowed mother of two, or Marty, a dour literary agent living in Manhattan. After spending the day as one, she falls asleep and wakes up as the other. Unable to fathom this bizarre personal psychological crisis, she seeks help from the "people" in both lives. Those include separate love interests — the sensitive Stellan Skarsgard who courts Marie, and New York businessman William Fichtner for Marty. The movie wants to be enlightening, but ends up an infuriating letdown.

"Fantasia 2000" — After a stellar worldwide run in IMAX theaters around the world, Disney re-releases this modern take on its 1940s classic mix of music and animation. Featuring seven new symphonic segments and a remixed, reworked "Sorcerer's Apprentice" from the original, "Fantasia 2000" remains an often-breathtaking blend of spectacular sights and incredible music. While still more for kids-at-heart than children, none of the segments runs longer than is bearable for kids 6-and-over. If you missed its run at the Science Museum of Virginia, make your plans now to catch it at the local megaplex: It's a limited four-week engagement.


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