War films

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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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Operation: Wolf Hound review – old-fashioned war movie gets decent bang for its buck
Doing its best on a budget, you can’t help but sympathise with this straight-to-streamer that’s so schlocky it’s … sweet

Leslie Felperin

28, Jun, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Reflection review – a shaken, horrifying outcry for Ukraine – and statement of hope
Ukrainian director Valentyn Vasyanovych’s enigmatic war drama, set in Donbas, is brutal in its depiction of conflict but also elusively redemptive

Phil Hoad

30, May, 2022 @2:00 PM

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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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