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Wednesday, March 1, 2006

Cinderella Man Chosen Number-One, Narnia In Second Place

By Michael Ireland
Chief Correspondent, ASSIST News Service

DALLAS, TEXAS (ANS) -- A select group of movie producers, directors, screenwriters, actors and journalists across the nation has chosen Cinderella Man as the best movie of 2005, with The Chronicles of Narnia coming in a close second. American Film Renaissance (AFR) yesterday released a complete list of the top ten films and top five documentaries of last year, as chosen by its voters.

AFR's voters are a select group of movie producers, directors, screenwriters, actors and journalists from across the nation who share AFR's ideals. Some of AFR's voters have contributed to such publications as USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, The Weekly Standard, National Review, Reason Magazine, Christianity Today, World Net Daily and Newsmax, among others.

"Our voters chose films that are not only of high aesthetic quality, but also have redeeming qualities that most Americans identify with," said Jim Hubbard, president and founder of American Film Renaissance.

AFR is a non-profit film institute founded in 2003, which organizes film festivals around the nation including Los Angeles, Dallas, and Traverse City, Michigan. AFR champions films that reflect the principles that made America great, such as free speech, free enterprise, freedom of religion, rugged individualism, and the triumph of the human spirit.

"In a year when the average box office of the movies nominated by the Academy was the lowest since 1984, we believe our list of the top movies better reflects the taste and spirit of the American people," Hubbard said.

"Only one of our top five films was nominated for Best Picture by the Academy Awards," Hubbard noted. "Hollywood is increasingly disconnected from the American public. Our award list is intended to help the movie industry elite find their way back into the mainstream."


The following is AFR's list of the Best Films and Documentaries of 2005:

Cinderella Man cover


2nd The Chronicles of Narnia

3rd Walk the Line

4th Crash

5th Downfall

6th Pride and Prejudice

7th Batman Begins

8th The World's Fastest Indian

9th Capote

March of the Penguins cover

10th King Kong


2nd Grizzly Man

3rd Mad Hot Ballroom

4th Enron: Smartest Guys in the Room

5th Murderball

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AFR is a non-profit organization recognized under IRS Code 501(c)3. All donations to AFR are tax deductible.

Contact: Jim Hubbard (972) 980-4626
American Film Renaissance,
16000 Bent Tree Forest Circle, # 734,
Dallas, Texas 75248 in the USA.

** Michael Ireland is an international British freelance journalist. A former reporter with a London newspaper, Michael is the Chief Correspondent for ASSIST News Service of Lake Forest, California. Michael immigrated to the United States in 1982 and became a US citizen in September, 1995. He is married with two children. Michael has also been a frequent contributor to UCB Europe, a British Christian radio station.

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