Released this week: Catch a Fire, Flyboys, The Marine, The Motel, Open Season.
Catch a Fire: Stellar performances buoy this straightforward account of real-life black South African activist Patrick Chamusso (Derek Luke) and the white Boer police agent (Tim Robbins) who obsessively hunts him in the 1980s. The film's only failure is its inability to provide a larger context for its story.
Flyboys: Young American fighter pilots volunteer for the French military in World War I. The film's aerial spectacles are thrilling, though the earthbound action features general-issue military archetypes.