Recent releases recommended by Times film critic Steve Persall
1 The Blair Witch Project _ The scariest movie in years, a feat accomplished with minimal violence and maximum ingenuity. One of the year's very best films.
2 The Iron Giant _ One of the best animated features in years, a fable about a boy and his robot that carries more emotional weight than most flesh-and-blood movies. And, it isn't from Disney.
3 Eyes Wide Shut _ Stanley Kubrick's final film carries the mark of this cinema master. This film shouldn't be missed by serious filmgoers.
4 South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut _ Like it or not, this is the bravest, most topical film satire to emerge in years. The musical score is classic tastelessness.
5 The Sixth Sense _ Bruce Willis plays sullen ghostbuster for a possessed boy. A close call due to the slow pacing, but a terrific ending makes up for the dull parts.