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August 10, 2003

Do we hear Oscar calling ‘Seabiscuit’?

"Seabiscuit" is the first Hollywood-created movie of this year that is aimed at adults and that also has Academy Award nominations ambitions. Once the summer ends, more will follow.

Here is a list of 10 movies that have that kind of buzz in alphabetical order.

"The Alamo" - Texans fend off Mexicans in one of history's greatest last stands. Billy Bob Thornton and Dennis Quaid star.

"Anything Else" - Woody Allen's latest features himself, Danny DeVito, Stockard Channing, Christina Ricci and Jason Biggs.

"Big Fish" - Director Tim Burton's fantasy about a teller of tall tales and his alienated son with Albert Finney, Ewan McGregor and Jessica Lange.

"Cold Mountain" - Nicole Kidman and Jude Law in a Civil War tale based on Charles Frazier's novel. Anthony Minghella directs.

"The Human Stain" - Anthony Hopkins as a ruined academic who finds solace in a writer (Gary Sinise) and a fling with a janitor (Nicole Kidman). The movie comes from Philip Roth's novel.

"Intolerable Cruelty" - George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones in the Coen brothers' story of a marital attorney and a serial divorce.

"Kill Bill" - Quentin Tarantino directs Uma Thurman as an ex-assassin seeking vengeance on a mentor and his hit squad.

"The Last Samurai" - Tom Cruise is U.S. officer training Japanese soldiers on modern warfare in the 1870s.

"Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" - Russell Crowe leads a British ship against privateers. A film adapted from Patrick O'Brian's books.

"Mona Lisa Smile" - Julia Roberts as an art-history professor whose modern ideas challenge tradition, with Kirsten Dunst and Julia Stiles.

Information for this list came from

Compiled by Vincent Jackson