Critical Moment


The Cup Soccer mania hits the young novices in a Buddhist monastery, who scheme to watch the World Cup on TV. This Bhutanese movie, cast with real monks, is a low-key charmer. (3 stars)D.A.

Boiler Room Giovanni Ribisi is perfect as the new recruit at a sleazy stock firm in first-time director Ben Younger's indie update of "Wall Street." The film's derivative, but its yield is good. (3 stars)A.D.


Flowers for Algernon (CBS; Feb. 20) With help from a heartless surgeon (Ron Rifkin), a retarded man (Matthew Modine) becomes a genius. The results are predicably tragic and wonderfully weepy. (3 stars)M.P.


Yo La Tengo, 'And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out' (Matador) The Hoboken, N.J., art band's 10th CD, filled with reflective songs about love and marriage, is like the resting moments just before sleep: lulling and surreal. Best time to listen to it, too. (4 stars)D.M.G.

Sparklehorse, 'Distorted Ghost' (Odeon) These low-fi alt-rockers' six-song EP recycles two oldies--one twice. Neither fans nor newbies will mind. Like a more twisted R.E.M., with less heaviosity. (3 stars)D.G.

Virginia Rodriguez, 'N??s' (Hannibal) A Brazilian singer with celestial alto voice. Bland? New-Agey? Skip to 5: the quiet, riveting "Jelto Faciero" will change your mind. (3 stars)D.G.

Tracy Chapman, 'Telling Stories' (Elektra) More songs of love and devotion in three tempos: mellow, mellower, mellowest. (3 stars)J.G.

Marian Anderson, 'Schubert & Schumann Lieder' (BMG) The contralto diva near her peak (1945--51): musicality, passion, zero hamminess. She moved to Germany to study this music; even German critics knew she'd nailed it. (5 stars)D.G.


Against Design (Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; through April 16) Funny furniture, hip housing ideas by 10 international artists with prickly attitudes toward industrial design. (4 stars)P.P.