Recent releases recommended by Times film critic Steve Persall
1 The Spanish Prisoner _ Writer-director David Mamet sorts through an elegant crime puzzle starring Steve Martin. Showing at Tampa Theatre and Beach Theater only.
2 He Got Game _ Spike Lee takes it to the hoop, with Denzel Washington as a man who scores better on the court than in his talented son's life.
3 Primary Colors _ John Travolta as a caring, yet womanizing, presidential candidate on the campaign trail. Any resemblance to people living or dead is probably not coincidental.
4 City of Angels _ Warm and fuzzy romance under the guise of movie theology, with an interesting portrayal of a fallen angel by Nicolas Cage.
5 The Players Club _ Rambunctious yarn about a stripper seeking self-respect, written and directed with energy (if not original vision) by Ice Cube.