This week's cinema releases include 'Waitress,' 'Civic Duty,' and 'The Flying Scotsman.'
New in theaters Civic Duty (R)
Director: Jeff Renfroe. With Peter Krause, Richard Schiff. (98 min.)
After losing his job, Terry Allen (Peter Krause) has plenty of time to watch TV, where a constant stream of reportage prods him to spy on an Arab neighbor and to share his suspicions with an FBI agent. When the government's response is less than satisfactory, Terry takes the law into his own hands with devastating results. The film's anti-Islamic tone, intended to show Terry's frame of mind, detracts from whatever helpful message the filmmakers may have hoped to impart. But Krause makes Terry's descent into paranoia believable. Grade: C+
– M.K. Terrell
Sex/Nudity: 3 scenes of innuendo and a sex scene. Violence: 7 scenes, including fights and a shooting. Profanity: 39 expressions, mostly strong. Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: 2 scenes with alcohol.
The Flying Scotsman (PG-13)
Director: Douglas McKinnon. With Jonny Lee Miller, Billy Boyd. (96 min.)
Out to break the one-hour distance record, cyclist Graeme Obree (Jonny Lee Miller) battled poverty, depression, and officialdom's disdain in 1993. In this dramatization, Obree overcomes obstacles through determination and the support of friends, as well as a patient wife (Laura Fraser). This modest mix of inspiration, humor, and near tragedy manages to be suspenseful, even though we pretty much know the outcome. Grade: B