War films

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The Battle at Lake Changjin review – China’s rabble-rousing propaganda war epic
China’s costliest film ever is a sporadically thrilling, historically dubious account of a Korean war standoff, with all the subtlety of a rocket launcher

Phil Hoad

19, Nov, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Natural Light review – bleak but beautifully shot war drama
Dénes Nagy’s sombre second world war film doesn’t give much away, but its coldness speaks volumes about the nature of conflict

Simran Hans

14, Nov, 2021 @12:00 PM

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‘We think we’re good – but we’re weak’: the making of Natural Light, the year’s most harrowing film
To cast his gruelling war drama, Dénes Nagy combed Hungary’s farms for people ‘with exhaustion in their face’ – then shot it in the Latvian winter. The result? Awards, praise … and fierce criticism

Cath Clarke

11, Nov, 2021 @11:47 AM

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Natural Light review – reprisals and revenge in chilling examination of the toll of war
Documentary director Dénes Nagy explores how conflict erodes loyalty, morality and human consciousness in his award-winning first feature

Peter Bradshaw

09, Nov, 2021 @10:00 AM

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The East review – war is hell … for the bloodthirsty imperialists
Jim Taihuttu’s story of Dutch soldiers in Indonesia is as short-sighted as the old-fashioned colonialists it is trying to criticise

Phuong Le

27, Sep, 2021 @3:00 PM

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The War Below review – plucky shot at telling amazing story of wartime tunnellers
Real-life account of miners recruited in the first world war to burrow beneath German lines is fascinating does well on a limited budget

Phil Hoad

08, Sep, 2021 @2:59 PM

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Joe Galloway obituary
American journalist who covered the Vietnam war and was known as the ‘soldier’s reporter’

Michael Carlson

01, Sep, 2021 @4:58 PM

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Shershaah review – Sidharth Malhotra stars in nuance-free military biopic
Karan Johar-produced film about Vikram Batra, who died in the 1999 India-Pakistan conflict, promotes him as a model citizen – with model looks to boot

Mike McCahill

12, Aug, 2021 @2:30 AM

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How India’s armed forces have become Bollywood’s new poster boys
A series of big films this year will focus on Indian military conflicts with Pakistan, reflecting an escalation of political belligerence

Nirpal Dhaliwal

10, Aug, 2021 @12:17 PM

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Battle of the Bulge: Winter War review – a fight until the bitter end
Lush cinematography can’t save this dated second world war drama, let down by comic accents, cliched dialogue and confusing action

Leslie Felperin

16, Jun, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Atlantis review – strangely upbeat exploration of war-ravaged Ukraine
Valentyn Vasyanovych’s award-winning drama casts deeply likable non-professionals – most with direct experience of the conflict with Russia

Leslie Felperin

03, May, 2021 @11:00 AM

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Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse review – macho adventure plays by the book
Michael B Jordan stars as a Navy Seal out for revenge in this formulaic update of Clancy’s 1993 bestseller

Peter Bradshaw

28, Apr, 2021 @4:00 PM

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