War films

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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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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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