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Society | November 1, 2002, Friday // 00:00

Hart's War

Director: Gregory Hoblit (Primal Fear, Frequency, Fallen)

Screenwriter: Terry George (cowriter of The Boxer, Some Mother's Son, In the Name of the Father), Billi Ray (cowriter of Volcano, Color of Night; also working on Suspect Zero)

Cast: Colin Farrell (Lt. Tommy Hart), Bruce Willis (Col. William McNamara), Terrence Howard (Lt. Lincoln Scott), Marcel Lures

Fourth generation Col. William McNamara is imprisoned in a German POW camp during WWII. Still, as the camp's highest-ranking American officer, he commands his fellow inmates, keeping a sense of honor alive in a place where honor is easy to destroy, all under the dangerous, ever-watchful eye of German Col. Werner Visser. McNamara is silently planning, waiting for his moment to strike back at the enemy. He orchestrates a cunning scheme to escape and destroy a nearby munitions plant, enlisting the unwitting help of a young Lt. Tommy Hart. McNamara uses a hero's resolve to carry out his mission and is ultimately forced to weigh the value of his life against the good of his men and his country. Gregory Hoblit's film, is based on the experiences of novelist John Katzenbach's father during World War II. You may find the proceedings for a typical, battle-ridden war film rather misleading, since some critics say it is a hokey courtroom drama. Others point out the meticulous visuals the only compliment worth paying to "Hart's War". Others call it one of the most intelligent and riveting treatments of a military trial since Stanley Roberts's 1954 adaptation of Herman Wouk's novel, "The Caine Mutiny."

Skulls II

Director: Joe Chappelle

Cast: Robin Dunne (Cruel Intentions 2), Aaron Ashmore (The Safety of Objects), Ashley Lyn Cafagna (TV's Saved by the Bell: The New Class), Christopher Ralph (Hendrix), Nathan West (Bring It On), James Callanders, Lindy Booth (Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows)

A sequel to 2000's The Skulls, The Skulls II once again delves into the world of a secret Ivy League society known as the Skulls (loosely based on Yale's Skull & Bones fraternity). Here, new inductee Ryan Sommers (Dunne) faces a dilemma when, soon after having taken an oath not to betray any of the society's secrets or its powerful members, he witnesses a murder inside the Skulls' private chambers. Pressured by the authorities and convinced that his brothers in the Skulls are watching him, Ryan must decide between telling the truth or dealing with the wrath of his increasingly menacing brothers.

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