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PERSALL'S TOP 5

Recent releases recommended by Times film critic Steve Persall

1 The Blair Witch Project _ The scariest movie in years, and it accomplishes this with minimal violence and maximum ingenuity. One of the year's best films.

2 Eyes Wide Shut _ Stanley Kubrick's final film carries the mark of this cinema master. This film shouldn't be missed by serious filmgoers.

3 Brokedown Palace _ Claire Danes and Kate Beckinsale play teenagers framed for drug trafficking and imprisoned in Thailand. Good performances and a solid script.

4 Run, Lola, Run _ A blend of caper mechanics and Zen coincidences that leaves a viewer exhausted and smiling. Tampa Theatre and Beach Theater only.

5 Detroit Rock City _ Four teenagers will stop at nothing to see a KISS concert in 1978. Nostalgia with a heavy bass line and plenty of spunk.

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