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PERSALL'S TOP 5

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.

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