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Film

Top five movies and upcoming releases

Current movies recommended by the Times:

By STEVE PERSALL
Published June 30, 2005


1. Mad Hot Ballroom - New York City public school students learn ballroom dancing in a documentary to make the hardest hearts melt and the clumsiest feet want to move.

2. Batman Begins - More cerebral than slam-bang, but Christopher Nolan's take on the comic book legend should satisfy fans. Christian Bale cuts an impressive figure in the batsuit.

3. Ladies in Lavender - Those grand Dames, Maggie Smith and Judi Dench, play Cornish spinsters vying for the attention of a shipwrecked young man.

4. Mr. & Mrs. Smith - Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie co-star as husband and wife, each unaware that the other is a hired assassin. Until they have to kill each other.

5. Saving Face - Pleasant comedy about a fledgling lesbian and her mother, who's pregnant and secretive about the biological father, in their traditional Chinese-American neighborhood.

UPCOMING RELEASES

July 8: Fantastic Four; Dark Water; Mondovino

July 13: Hustle & Flow

July 15: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; Wedding Crashers; My Summer of Love; Apres Vous

July 22: The Bad News Bears; The Devil's Rejects; The Island; Heights

July 29: Stealth; Murderball; Sky High; Must Love Dogs; March of the Penguins

Aug. 5: Saint Ralph

[Last modified July 1, 2005, 10:56:33]


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