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Film

Top five movies and upcoming releases

By STEVE PERSALL
Published February 17, 2005


TOP FIVE

Current movies recommended by the Times:

1. Million Dollar Baby - Clint Eastwood's marvelously detailed film begins as a boxing drama, then turns into something deeper, haunting. His direction and Hilary Swank's performance won Golden Globes, and the film has seven Oscar nominations.

2. Bad Education - Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar creates garish film noir from the tale of Catholic schoolboys seeking revenge aginast the priest who molested them.

3. Hotel Rwanda - Don Cheadle earned Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for this true-life story set against genocidal conditions in Africa. Terry George's film was also Globe-nominated for best dramatic film and Sophie Okonedo got a supporting actress Oscar nomination.

4. Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival - The ninth annual film showcase continues today through Monday at various locations, with Friday off for the sabbath.

5. Uncle Nino and Because of Winn-Dixie - Seperately, they wouldn't make the list. Together, they're a rare pair of simple, wholesome films at once in theaters.

UPCOMING RELEASES

Feb. 25: The Merchant of Venice; Man of the House; Diary of a Mad Black Woman; Born Into Brothels; Cursed

Mar. 4: Be Cool; The Pacifier; The Jacket

Mar. 11: Robots; Hostage

Mar. 18: The Ring 2; Ice Princess; Rory O'Shea Was Here

[Last modified February 16, 2005, 14:57:22]


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