War films

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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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When art films attack: why The Painted Bird's try-hard horrors fail to land | Ryan Gilbey
From Haneke to Von Trier, the arthouse provocateur has a long, grim history. But there’s a thin line between trauma and tedium

Ryan Gilbey

14, Sep, 2020 @7:00 AM

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The Painted Bird review – gruelling descent into war's deepest horror | Peter Bradshaw's film of the week
The story of a young Jewish boy’s odyssey through occupied Poland during the second world war is filled with almost unimaginable horror

Peter Bradshaw

11, Sep, 2020 @6:00 AM

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Mulan review – Disney's dynamic girl warrior hits the small screen…
This terrific live-action remake cries out to be seen in cinemas

Wendy Ide

06, Sep, 2020 @10:00 AM

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Battling on: what Russia's unrelenting appetite for second world war films means
Heroism, tragedy – and lots of tanks … the Russian obsession with the war is as strong as the west’s – but it conveys a very different message

Alex Cox

01, Sep, 2020 @11:56 AM

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