War films

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The Battle at Water Gate Bridge review – gung-ho Chinese war epic takes on Uncle Sam
With its wooden script and earnest tone, Tsui Hark’s government-sanctioned Chinese war epic may not win many hearts and minds

Peter Bradshaw

20, Dec, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Emancipation review – Will Smith is dragged through the mud in ugly drama
A runaway slave escapes through Louisiana’s swamps in a propulsive action film marred by its relentless grimness

Wendy Ide

10, Dec, 2022 @3:00 PM

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Smyrna review – raw, shocking violence in epic take on Greek-Turkish conflict
Grigoris Karantinakis’s bustling ensemble drama recreates the buildup to a 1922 massacre in what is now İzmir, even if some characters are just walking Wikipedia entries

Phil Hoad

28, Nov, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Causeway review – wounds run deep in delicate psychological drama
Jennifer Lawrence gives a phenomenal performance as a US soldier who heals in more ways than one while recovering from a brain injury

Wendy Ide

05, Nov, 2022 @3:00 PM

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Medieval review – a Bohemian rhapsody of merry bruisers and brutal bloodshed
The costliest Czech film of all time features epic battles, royal conspiracies, hungry lions –and Michael Caine in a neckruff

Phil Hoad

25, Oct, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Daniel Brühl: ‘We Germans know better than anyone – there are no winners in war’
For a new adaptation of All Quiet on the Western Front, the actor faced a dual responsibility – to portray a forgotten German hero, and deliver a warning from history

Kate Connolly

24, Oct, 2022 @11:00 AM

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All Quiet on the Western Front review – extraordinarily potent German first world war drama
Edward Berger depicts the horrors of war through the eyes of a young solider in this stunning indictment of wasted lives

Wendy Ide

15, Oct, 2022 @2:00 PM

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All Quiet on the Western Front review – anti-war nightmare of bloodshed and chaos
Teenage boys quickly find themselves caught up in the ordeal of trench warfare in this German-language adaptation of the first world war novel

Peter Bradshaw

12, Oct, 2022 @8:00 AM

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The Greatest Beer Run Ever review – crass Vietnam jaunt falls flat
Zac Efron goes to great lengths for a few drinks with his buddies in Peter Farrelly’s formulaic latest

Wendy Ide

02, Oct, 2022 @11:30 AM

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Sniper: The White Raven review – raw account of Ukrainian resistance in Donbas
Made before Russia’s full-scale invasion, this story of a hippy who turns warrior after his wife is killed could not be more urgent but feels oddly cliched

Cath Clarke

27, Sep, 2022 @12:00 PM

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Burial review – alternative-history drama of the battle over Hitler’s corpse
Intriguing alt-history about a struggle to capture the dictator’s corpse is ill-served by vague characterisation and feeble action scenes

Phil Hoad

20, Sep, 2022 @2:00 PM

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Wolves of War review – Ed Westwick pouts his way through behind-the-lines Nazi thriller
With a limited budget and overfamiliar storyline, this British war film never rises above a few nail-biting moments

Cath Clarke

05, Sep, 2022 @10:34 AM

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