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Top five movies and upcoming releases

By STEVE PERSALL, Times Film Critic

© St. Petersburg Times
published February 20, 2003

Top five movies

1. Chicago -- The celebrated Broadway hit becomes a movie that really moves, full of sexy struts, a dynamic score and action ingeniously transferred from stage to screen. The best film of 2002, nominated for 13 Academy Awards.

2. The Pianist -- Roman Polanski's tragic story of a Jewish musician (Oscar nominee Adrien Brody) escaping Nazis in the Warsaw ghetto concentrates on psychological terror. One of the best films of 2002, with seven Oscar nominations.

3. Tully -- A moving farmland family drama nominated for four Independent Spirit Awards: best feature, screenplay, supporting female actor (Julianne Nicholson) and debut performance (Bob Burrus).

4. The Quiet American -- Oscar-nominated Michael Caine is superb as a weary journalist covering 1952 Vietnam politics, competing with an American visitor (Brendan Fraser) for the affections of a woman (Do Thi Hai Yen). One of the best films of 2002.

5. Talk to Her -- Oscar-nominated director Pedro Almodovar spins a soapy yarn of obsessive love by two men for comatose women. Not as outrageous as some of the filmmaker's works, but just as concerned with making audiences cry as they cringe.

Upcoming releases

Feb. 28: Love Liza, Cradle 2 the Grave, The Guests

March 7: Tears of the Sun, Bringing Down the House

March 14: Agent Cody Banks, Willard, City of God

March 28: Basic

April 4: Dys-funk-tional Family

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