SATURDAY BLACK HAWK DOWN
10.30PM, SCT ★★★★
Based on the best-selling book by Mark Bowden. A studied, sobering and numbingly no-holds-barred account of the battle of Mogadishu, a 1993 bloodbath in Somalia that became America’s worst skirmish since Vietnam. Director Ridley Scott (Gladiator) pares back story, character development and moral righteousness to their bare essentials, resulting in the most striking, if not revealing, portrait of modern warfare ever filmed. Stars Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Tom Sizemore and Eric Bana (who more than holds his own in his American feature debut). Won two Academy Awards for best editing and sound.