War films

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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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Labyrinth of Cinema review – cult Japanese director’s epic blitz of pop-culture hyperactivity
Nobuhiko Ôbayashi’s last work starts as a sentimental elegy to cinema-going’s golden age but takes us through the heart of Japanese darkness

Peter Bradshaw

26, Apr, 2021 @11:00 AM

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Into the Darkness review – a Danish family at war as the Nazis roll in
In Anders Refn’s sweeping second world war saga, a wealthy clan is ripped apart after choosing several different sides in the conflict

Leslie Felperin

03, Mar, 2021 @6:00 PM

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The Final Stand review – old-fashioned flag-waving for Mother Russia
Thousands of green military cadets march into the firing line as the Red Army resists Nazi invasion in Vadim Shmelyov’s cliche-ridden historical epic

Cath Clarke

03, Mar, 2021 @3:00 PM

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Ashes in the Snow review – heartfelt but brutal YA gulag drama
This soapy, semi-harrowing wartime drama follows Bel Powley as a teenager sneaking snogs behind the prison huts

Cath Clarke

16, Feb, 2021 @1:00 PM

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