Movie Blurbs

Nov 082006
Authors: Jeff Schwartz

Flags of Our Fathers

Starring: Ryan Phillipe, Adam Beach and Jesse Bradford

Rated: R

Running time: 2 hr. 11 min.

Summary: Living legend Clint Eastwood directed this gritty, visceral film about the soldiers who raised the flag on Iwo Jima, and as a result, became national celebrities pulled from the field of battle to help America sell war bonds. Eastwood described the film as both honoring those who fought and served their country during WWII, while also taking a critical look at how the U.S. government used the heroes of Iwo Jima for their own agenda. Already one of the most acclaimed films of the year, “Flags” is sure to garner Eastwood another directorial Oscar nomination. A word of warning though: the battle scenes on Iwo Jima are said to rival the realism and brutality those of the D-Day sequence in “Saving Private Ryan.”

Flushed Away

Starring: The voices of Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen and Kate Winslet

Rated: PG

Running time: 1 hr. 24 min.

Summary: Hugh Jackman provides the voice for a spoiled rat named Roddy St. Clair in this Claymation comedy produced by Peter Lord, one of the creators of the beloved “Wallace and Gromit” cartoons. The story involves St. Clair’s attempt to lure a loathsome rat named Sid out of his home and down the toilet – except the plan backfires and St. Clair finds himself “flushed away” down the toilet as well. Sid must then navigate his way through the veritable “Ratropolis” of the sewers below and find his way back home. Anyone who enjoyed “Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit” will find “Flushed Away” to be an utter delight.

Catch a Fire

Starring: Tim Robbins and Derek Luke

Rated: PG-13

Running time: 1 hr. 42 min.

Summary: The first of several upcoming films that are set in Africa, “Catch a Fire” is the story of Patrick Chamusso (Luke), an apolitical family man who is framed for sabotaging a South African oil refinery. After enduring brutal interrogations carried out by a government official (Robbins), Chamusso is eventually cleared of any wrongdoing. However, Chumusso has become politicized by his experiences, and decides to join a freedom-fighting group intent on toppling the South African apartheid. The film, thus far, has received mostly favorable reviews, so if you enjoy politically-themed thrillers, then you’ll definitely want to “Catch a Fire.” (Sorry, that was a terrible joke.)

Staff writer Jeff Schwartz can be reached at The opinions expressed in this column reflect the views of the individual author and not necessarily those of the Collegian.

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