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weekend movie roundup

Monday, September 25th, 2006

Battle Royale
A crumbling Japanese society cannot control its youth, so the “Battle Royale” law is put into effect: each year a ninth-grade class is chosen at random and sent to a remote island, where they are forced to kill each other off in a last-man-standing battle royale. Part A Clockwork Orange, part Lord of the Flies, it’s a crazy action/horror flick on the surface, but also smuggles in some deeper meaning.

The New World
After being blown away by Terrence Malick’s The Thin Red Line I decided to give this a try. As a historical drama, it gets high rates on realism, even if the basis of the story is entirely fictional (there was no love affair between Pocahontas and John Smith). Q’Orianka Kilcher puts in an amazing performance as Pocahontas.