February 12, 2001 12:00 PM

>Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Pure movie magic, even if it’s in Mandarin with subtitles. This tale of romance and martial arts derring-do will transport you. (PG-13)

The Million Dollar Hotel Life (and murder) among the weirdo tenants of a fleabag hotel. Even with Mel Gibson turning up as a private detective, you won’t want to check in. (R)

The Pledge Intriguing, ambiguous suspense thriller stars Jack Nicholson as a retired homicide detective obsessively pursuing a case.(R)

Sugar & Spice Relentlessly vulgar teen comedy about a dippy group of cheerleaders who rob a bank. (PG-13)

Traffic Superior acting and storytelling make this contemporary drug-trade drama a must-see. (R)

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