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Top five movies and upcoming releases

By STEVE PERSALL, Times Film Critic

© St. Petersburg Times
published April 10, 2003

Top five movies

1. Spider -- An eerily disturbed man (Ralph Fiennes) revisits the childhood that made him that way in David Cronenberg's odd little film. Miranda Richardson co-stars in a trio of roles.

2. Spirited Away -- The Academy Award winner for Best Animated Feature gets a second chance in theaters before Disney sends it to home video April 15.

3. The Pianist -- Roman Polanski's tragic story of a Jewish musician (Oscar winner Adrien Brody) escaping Nazis in the Warsaw ghetto. Polanski and Ronald Harwood's screenplay also won Academy Awards.

4. Phone Booth -- The first decent popcorn flick of 2003 arrives. Rising star Colin Farrell gets trapped in a phone booth by a sniper in a tense, albeit illogical, thriller.

5. Chicago -- The Broadway hit becomes a movie full of sexy struts and action ingeniously transferred from stage to screen. Winner of six Academy Awards, including best picture of 2002.

Wednesday: Bulletproof Monk, Chasing Papi

April 18: Holes, Spun, Malibu's Most Wanted

April 25: It Runs in the Family, Identity, Confidence, He Loves Me . . . He Loves Me Not

May 2: X-Men 2, Better Luck Tomorrow, The Safety of Objects, The Lizzie McGuire Movie

May 9: Daddy Day Care

May 15: The Matrix Reloaded

May 16: Down With Love

May 23: The In-Laws, Bruce Almighty

May 30: Finding Nemo, The Italian Job, Wrong Turn

June 6: 2 Fast 2 Furious, Prozac Nation

June 13: Hollywood Homicide, Rugrats Go Wild, From Justin To Kelly, Dumb & Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd

June 20: The Hulk, Alex & Emma

June 27: Charlie's Angels 2: Full Throttle, 28 Days Later

July 2: Terminator 3: The Rise of the Machines, Legally Blonde: Red, White & Blonde, Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas

July 9: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

July 11: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, The Forgotten

July 18: Bad Boys II, Exorcist: The Beginning, How to Deal, Johnny English

July 25: Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, Seabiscuit, Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over

Aug. 1: American Wedding, Gigli, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (re-release)

Aug. 8: S.W.A.T., The Fighting Temptations, Matchstick Men, Shaolin Soccer

Aug. 15: Freddy vs. Jason, The Medallion, Uptown Girls

Aug. 22: Grind, Marci X, My Boss' Daughter

Aug. 27: Highwaymen

Aug. 29: Jeepers Creepers II

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