War films

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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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The Recce review – crossing enemy lines in South African action-drama
An elite soldier is sent on a perilous solo mission in this underwhelming drama set during the Namibian war of independence

Leslie Felperin

03, Feb, 2021 @4:00 PM

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Quo Vadis, Aida? review – shattering return to Srebrenica
Through the eyes of a translator moving between the different ethnic factions, director Jasmila Žbanić musters real tragic power and clear-eyed compassion revisiting the massacre 25 years on

Peter Bradshaw

20, Jan, 2021 @4:00 PM

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Recon review – GIs on a mission to nowhere
Second world war soldiers in Italy march warily towards a possible trap in a disappointingly flat adaptation of Richard Bausch’s much-lauded novel

Ellen E Jones

13, Jan, 2021 @4:00 PM

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Michael Apted: a vital and dignified director who understood how class shapes us all
Apted made his name with the brilliant Up TV series that examined people’s lives every seven years, before going on to become a film-maker of distinction, whose influence cannot be overstated

Peter Bradshaw

08, Jan, 2021 @10:31 PM

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The Warrior Queen of Jhansi review – Indian rebellion epic gets feminist retelling
Devika Bhise as the widowed monarch Rani Lakshmibai shows the Victorian Brits, including Rupert Everett, what she’s capable of in this impressive drama

Leslie Felperin

11, Dec, 2020 @9:00 AM

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A Call to Spy review – meticulous depiction of female war-time agents
Exploring the cultural sexism meted out to women during the second world war, this drama based on real people avoids cliche

Andrew Pulver

22, Oct, 2020 @1:00 PM

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Tony Todd on Candyman, Black Lives Matter and seeing stars cry on the set of Platoon
The actor who terrified a generation in the 90s horror classic returns to the role for the sequel – and for a documentary looking back at the gruelling shoot on Oliver Stone’s iconic 1986 war movie

Phil Hoad

01, Oct, 2020 @12:32 PM

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Brothers in Arms review – Platoon's veterans hold their audience hostage
Gruelling, macho and punishingly dull: welcome to the making-of documentary about Oliver Stone’s Vietnam classic

Ellen E Jones

01, Oct, 2020 @9:00 AM

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The Eight Hundred review – ear-rattling, breathtaking battle for 'Chinese Alamo'
One regiment’s symbolic and often suicidal defence of a warehouse in bombed-out Shanghai is the subject of this tub-thumping war epic

Cath Clarke

16, Sep, 2020 @3:00 PM

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