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Oh, the places we'll go

Including remakes and originals, sequels and prequels, plus several Episodes 3 of three, almost 300 titles represent more than most people can see. Organized roughly by genre, movies of 2003 are dominated by drama, but comedy and action have traction; so do documentaries, horror and thrillers and "Bears." Oh my.

January 19, 2003|Richard Cromelin and Kevin Crust

Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony. Recounts the role of freedom songs in South Africa's fight against apartheid. Directed by Lee Hirsch. Artisan, Feb. 7

Blossoms of Fire. Maureen Gosling's film illuminates the colorful culture of Mexico's Isthmus Zapotecs, known for their work ethic and powerful matriarchy. New Yorker Films, July

A Decade Under the Influence. The late Ted Demme and Richard LaGravenese collaborated on this consideration of the effect maverick filmmakers, such as Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese and Robert Altman, had on mainstream Hollywood in the early 1970s. IFC Films, April/May

Fellini: I'm a Born Liar. Director Damian Pettigrew creates a portrait of the Italian director through interviews with the master and his collaborators. First Look, April 11

Fog of War. The always provocative filmmaker Errol Morris returns with a look at the politics and history of the 20th century through the eyes of statesman-warrior Robert S. McNamara. Sony Pictures Classics, Fall

Ghosts of the Abyss. James Cameron's large-format film dives deep to explore the wreckage of the Titanic. Touchstone, April 11

The Good Old Naughty Days. A look at a collection of blue movies shot between 1905 and the 1930s. Strand Releasing, February

Lost in La Mancha. Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe explore the saga of Terry Gilliam's ill-fated attempt to film "Don Quixote." IFC Films, Jan. 31

Only the Strong Survive. D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus stage a reunion concert of some Stax Records soul-music greats, including Wilson Pickett, Ann Peebles and Isaac Hayes. Miramax, May 2

Power and Terror: Noam Chomsky in Our Times. The political thinker and professor of linguistics addresses the ethical concerns following the events of Sept. 11, 2001, in speeches and essays. Directed by John Junkerman. First Run, Friday

Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working With Time. The ephemeral work of the English sculptor is examined by Thomas Riedelsheimer. Roxie Releasing, March 7

Senorita Extraviada. Lourdes Portillo's film about the more than 200 unsolved murders of young women in Juarez, Mexico. Balcony Releasing, Feb. 21

Spellbound. Eight children competing in the National Spelling Bee are the focus of Jeffrey Blitz's survey of gifted kids. ThinkFilm, April 30

Stevie. Director Steve James ("Hoop Dreams") chronicles his relationship with a troubled victim of childhood neglect. Lions Gate, March 28

To Be and to Have. Life in a traditional French village school, where one teacher instructs children of all ages. Directed by Nicolas Philibert. New Yorker Films, May

Warrior of Light. Monika Treut directed this film about Brazilian activist Yvonne Bezerra, who renounced a life of privilege to serve the children of Rio de Janeiro's slums. New Yorker Films, May

Winged Migration. Jacques Perrin spent four years filming the global flights of birds. Sony Pictures Classics, April 18

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