Recent releases recommended by Times film critic Steve Persall
1 Schindler's List _ Steven Spielberg's tale of the horrors and heroism of the Holocaust earned 12 Oscar nominations. The best film of 1993.
2 What's Eating Gilbert Grape _ An odd, ingratiating comedy-drama with a knockout, Oscar-nominated performance by Leonardo DiCaprio.
3 Shadowlands _ Oscar nominees Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger make literate lovers in Richard Attenborough's tender, witty love story.
4 The Piano _ Holly Hunter is an Oscar lock as a mute bride torn between priggish husband Sam Neill and Harvey Keitel's erotic danger.
5 Reality Bites _ Ben Stiller directs and stars in a contemporary romantic comedy that sets him up as the Woody Allen of Generation X.