War films

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Image of Victory review – study of Arab-Israeli conflict from all angles hopes to heal
Avi Nesher’s film set near the Gaza Strip in 1948 empathises with every side – which is a laudable, if idealistic, ambition

Leslie Felperin

16, May, 2022 @12:00 PM

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Hell Hath No Fury review – cleverly choreographed violence in a search for Nazi loot
Danish actor Nina Bergman is the commanding, shaven-headed hero of a bleak, subversive parable on the lethal power of greed

Phuong Le

10, May, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Spitfire Over Berlin review – jolly British pluck only gets low-budget war film so far
This second world war aviation drama is a film of laudable ambition but limited means, too little invention and a cliched script

Phil Hoad

09, May, 2022 @12:00 PM

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Onoda: 10,000 Nights in the Jungle review – a captivating tragicomedy
Arthur Hirari transforms the true story of a Japanese soldier’s refusal to accept the end of the second world war into a heartbreaking drama of the ridiculous

Xan Brooks

17, Apr, 2022 @11:30 AM

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Operation Mincemeat review – Blimpish take on Ben Macintyre’s spy thriller
Colin Firth, Matthew Macfadyen and Kelly Macdonald provide some ballast in John Madden’s overburdened adaptation

Xan Brooks

17, Apr, 2022 @10:00 AM

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Operation Mincemeat review – Colin Firth heads starry cast in wartime spy caper
Stiff upper lips abound in this stranger-than-fiction tale of second world war espionage, with Firth and Matthew Macfadyen in charge

Peter Bradshaw

13, Apr, 2022 @10:00 AM

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Onoda: 10,000 Nights in the Jungle review – Japanese soldier’s never-ending war
Robust, old-fashioned anti-war epic tells the true story of the soldier posted to the Philippines in the second world war, who refused to surrender until 1974

Peter Bradshaw

12, Apr, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Escape from Mogadishu review – Koreans bolt through Somali war-zone chaos
Diplomats from North and South Korea join forces to escape the Somalian capital in 1991, in film version of an amazing true story

Cath Clarke

22, Mar, 2022 @9:00 AM

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20 of the best films to help understand what’s happening in Ukraine
Documentaries and fiction features that contextualise the unfolding horrors in the former Soviet republic, as chosen by researchers at Ukraine’s Dovzhenko national film centre in Kyiv

Anna Onufrienko, Arsenii Kniazkov, Stanislav Menzelevskyi, Stanislav Bytiutskyi and Oleksandr Teliuk

04, Mar, 2022 @4:19 PM

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Echoes of the Past review – Max von Sydow’s final film is coda to a Nazi atrocity
Kalavryta was a real war crime committed in Greece, but this fictional drama – featuring von Sydow in his last film role – fails to deliver much justice

Peter Bradshaw

15, Feb, 2022 @10:00 AM

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Battle fatigue: will British cinema’s second world war obsession ever end?
Two more war films are about to hit our screens, and while we can’t seem to wean ourselves off them, the best capture a complex reality

Danny Leigh

07, Jan, 2022 @11:00 AM

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Resistance: 1942 review – Jason Patric smuggles quality into worthy war tale
A group of dissident French fugitives dodge goose-stepping Gestapo officers in a drama that loses its battle with cliches

Phil Hoad

04, Jan, 2022 @10:00 AM

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