May 22, 2000 12:00 PM

>Frequency Affecting time-travel tale in which a cop (Jim Caviezel) talks with his dead dad (Dennis Quaid) via a ham radio. (PG-13)

Gladiator Thumbs up. Russell Crowe is magnetic as the sword-swinging hero of an entertainingly brawny epic set during the Roman Empire. (R)

I Dreamed of Africa Someone forgot to add a plot to this beautifully shot borathon about a woman’s adventures in Africa. Kim Basinger works hard but for naught. (PG-13)

Love & Basketball Appealing romantic drama about a hoopster (Sanaa Lathan) in love. (PG-13)

Time Code Cool stunt. Director Mike Figgis and his cast shot four interconnected stories simultaneously in real time, and all four are shown on a screen divided into four quadrants. Works surprisingly well. (R)

U-571 Watership down. World War II submarine drama has lots of action but is weak on characters. Matthew McConaughey stars. (PG-13)

Where the Heart Is Lachrymose melodrama about a young woman (Natalie Portman) whose beau abandons her, literally barefoot and pregnant, at a Wal-Mart in Oklahoma. (PG)

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