Flags Of Our Fathers
(D: Clint Eastwood, 132 min)
Clint Eastwood delivered a knockout with his last pic, the Oscar-winning Million Dollar Baby. He could make another trip to the podium for Flags Of Our Fathers, a war drama about six soldiers who planted a U.S. flag on Iwo Jima during the second world war.
The script, co-written by MDB (and Crash) scribe Paul Haggis and William Broyles Jr., is adapted from the book by James Bradley and Ron Powers. The lucky sextet of actors includes Ryan Phillippe, Joseph Cross (opening this week in Running With Scissors) and Canada's own Adam Beach, who's been expected to break out since 2002's Windtalkers.
This isn't Eastwood's final meditation on war. Next year he's releasing Letters From Iwo Jima, which tells the same story from the perspective of the Japanese.
Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas In 3D
(D: Henry Selick, 76 min)
Hmmm... Halloween movie or a really early Xmas offering? Take your pick as the 1993 Tim Burton -scripted film gets the 3-D treatment.
Both open Friday (October 20). Screened after press time - see review of Flags on October 19 and Nightmare October 23 at www.nowtoronto.com/film.