Top five movies and upcoming releases
By STEVE PERSALL, Times Film Critic
© St. Petersburg Times
published March 13, 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 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.
4 Adaptation -- Oscar-nominated Nicolas Cage plays a screenwriter suffering from writer's block on an arty project while his twin brother (also Cage) breezes through writing a cliched script. Spike Jonze's mind trip is even more dizzying than Being John Malkovich.
5 Bringing Down the House -- The concept is tired, but Queen Latifah and Steve Martin rise above it to make this comedy worth a look and a laugh.
March 28: Basic, The Core, A Man Apart, Dreamcatcher, Till Human Voice Wake Us
April 4: Dys-funk-tional Family, Phone Booth, Open Hearts
April 11: Anger Management, The Safety of Objects, Bend It Like Beckham
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