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TOP FIVE

Current movies recommended by the Times.

1. Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow _ Old-fashioned adventure and newfangled computers combine in a stunning debut for writer-director Kerry Conran. Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie save the planet in grand style.

2. Shaun of the Dead _ More than a cannibalistic gorefest, this British import is a smartly written romantic comedy that gives viewers plenty to digest.

3. Hero _ Zhang Yimou's epic martial arts adventure stars Jet Li as a warrior recalling for a king how a trio of assassins was defeated. Comparisons to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon are inevitable and favorable.

4. The Forgotten _ Julianne Moore's performance as a mother seeking truth about her missing son is a triumph of acting style over a screenplay's lack of substance.

5. Shark Tale _ Another salvo in the animation wars between DreamWorks and Pixar/Disney. A small fry compared to Finding Nemo, but still lively enough for children.

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