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American Film Institute issues 2003 10-best list. The unranked list includes titles expected (''Mystic River'') and unexpected (''Human Stain'')

Mystic River | INTO THE 'MYSTIC' ''Mystic River'' (starring Sean Penn and Tim Robbins) made AFI's list
INTO THE 'MYSTIC' ''Mystic River'' (starring Sean Penn and Tim Robbins) made AFI's list

For the fourth time, the American Film Institute has weighed in on the year-end movie awards race, submitting a list of the top 10 films of 2003 sorted in alphabetical order and not ranked. The movies, chosen by a panel that included industry insiders, critics, and academics: ''American Splendor,'' ''Finding Nemo,'' ''The Human Stain,'' ''In America,'' ''The Last Samurai,'' ''The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,'' ''Lost in Translation,'' ''Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World,'' ''Monster,'' and ''Mystic River.''

Of those films, ''Mystic,'' ''In America,'' ''Master and Commander,'' ''Last Samurai,'' and ''Lost in Translation'' had already been cited by the National Board of Review. ''Monster,'' which has been getting buzz for Charlize Theron's performance as a serial killer, made its first awards-list appearance, as did ''Human Stain,'' which has earned only poor to middling reviews.

The AFI also issued its third annual list of the top TV productions, which includes both series and made-for-TV movies. Its picks: ''Alias,'' ''Angels in America,'' ''Arrested Development,'' ''Everybody Loves Raymond,'' ''Joan of Arcadia,'' ''Nip/Tuck,'' ''Playmakers,'' ''Soldier's Girl,'' ''24,'' and ''The Wire.''

Originally posted Dec 15, 2003
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