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Movies: Opening Friday, "Monsters Inc." (animated feature by the creators of "Toy Story"); "The One" (Jet Li stars in sci-fi martial arts film); Nov. 16, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone."

New on video: Today, "The Animal" (Rob Schneider has his body rebuilt with animal parts); Friday, "Shrek" (animated ogre); next Tuesday, "Legally Blonde" (Reese Witherspoon as a Harvard law student).

CD releases: Next Tuesday, "Britney" from Britney Spears.

Concerts: Wednesday, Moe, Shea's; Nov. 8, Sheila Divine, Tralf.

Other: "Over the Falls," an original musical about Anna Edson Taylor, the schoolteacher who rode a barrel over the falls, Alleyway Theatre, through Nov. 18; "Stomp," percussion troupe makes music with garbage cans and hubcaps, Shea's, Friday to Sunday; Second City National Touring Company, Nov. 9, UB Center for the Arts.

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Have you ever watched a professional hockey game and wondered what makes ice so slippery? Or witnessed a particularly fierce body check and wondered how much energy was produced during the collision? The Science of Hockey ( answers these and many other questions as it examines the physics behind the sport.

You don't have to be a scholar or an athlete to enjoy the Web site. The text is well written and accessible to a broad audience. Scientific terms are concise and to the point and you won't get bogged down in hockey jargon. The site features several RealMedia video clips interviewing researchers and professional hockey players and Quicktime clips of players in action.

"The first year was tough. In class I would repeat an English sentence in my head 10 times to make sure it would come out OK."

--Montreal center Joe Juneau, a Francophone, discussing how he earned a degree in aeronautical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, in Sports Illustrated magazine.

-- Knight Ridder

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