Mr. Movie

'Iraq in Fragments' comes off slightly fragmented

Director James Longley’s Iraq in Fragments first looks at the plight of an uneducated Sunni kid on a dead-end path in Baghdad.

Then, he switches gears and takes you to a Shiite dominated area. The film’s final third is in Kurdistan.

It’s like visiting three different countries.

The people of Baghdad aren’t sure they’re better off without Hussein. In Kurdistan, the easy-to-like Kurds are positive things are better. Longley’s depiction of the Shiites is frightening. Shouts from those who oppose their legalistic, militant quasi-religious governing are chilling.

The drawback of Longley’s Oscar-nominated documentary is that much of it was filmed before the first free election in Iraq in January of 2005. So what you learn about Iraq post Saddam is, well, fragmented.

Mr. Movie rating: 4 stars

Not rated, probably PG-13. It plays tonight only at the Battelle Auditorium at 8:00 p.m.

5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen

4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.

3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.

2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.

0 stars: Speaks for itself