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Film

Top five movies and upcoming releases

A look at what's happening at the theaters

By STEVE PERSALL
Published January 5, 2006


Current movies recommended by the Times:

1. Brokeback Mountain - Tough cowboys also need love, even from other tough cowboys. One of 2005's best films and a leading contender for Academy Awards.

2. King Kong - Golden Globe nominee Peter Jackson follows his Lord of the Rings trilogy the only way possible: remaking a screen classic with utmost respect and relentless brilliance.

3. The Family Stone - A fine ensemble cast and smart screenwriting by director Thomas Bezucha turn sitcom situations into the feel-good weeper of the holiday season.

4. Munich - Steven Spielberg's look at the aftermath of the 1972 Olympic slayings is a bit too subtle to be great, but still worthwhile.

5. The Producers - Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick are more fun on Broadway than on screen, but Mel Brooks' irreverent musical is nominated for four Golden Globes.

UPCOMING RELEASES

All dates are subject to change

JAN. 13: Last Holiday; Hoodwinked; Glory Road; Tristan and Isolde; Ushpizin

JAN. 20: Match Point; The New World; The Matador; Mrs. Henderson Presents; Transamerica; Underworld: Evolution; End of the Spear

JAN. 27: Annapolis; Big Momma's House 2; Nanny McPhee

FEB. 3: When a Stranger Calls

FEB. 10: Firewall; Curious George; The Pink Panther; Failure to Launch; Final Destination 3

FEB. 17: Freedomland; Eight Below; Date Movie

FEB. 24: Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion; Running Scared; Ultraviolet; Doogal

MAR. 3: Goal

[Last modified January 4, 2006, 11:17:07]


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