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Current movies recommended by the Times

1 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone _ J.K. Rowling's beloved book becomes an impressive film, one that children and adults will share for generations.

2 Monsters, Inc. _ First toys, then bugs, now Pixar Animation Studios reveals the secret lives of things that go bump in the closet. Wonderful vocals by Billy Crystal and John Goodman.

3 The Man Who Wasn't There _ Joel and Ethan Coen (Fargo, O Brother Where Art Thou?) resurrect the stained morals of 1940s film noir with a quietly puzzling performance by Billy Bob Thornton.

4 Mulholland Drive _ David Lynch returns to twisted form with a film noir mystery that's even more perplexing after it's solved. Equal parts brilliant and exasperating.

5 Heist _ Tough guys and tougher talk from writer-director David Mamet, well-acted by Gene Hackman, Danny DeVito and the sorely underestimated Rebecca Pidgeon.