War

1917

1917 is effectively a feature length stunt. As the camera follows two young British World War I soldiers from their camp to the trenches to trudging across a field to a house in a field (etc. etc.) you realize that it seems to be one continuous, unbroken shot. The camera swoops from their faces to …

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A Private War

Tracking the latter years of Colvin’s astonishing career with London’s Sunday Times and her collaboration with war photographer Paul Conroy (Jamie Dornan), the film follows the tenacious, seemingly fearless journalist (Pike) from the early 2000s to her 2012 death while covering the Syrian civil war in Homs. Determined to tell the human stories behind war …

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Beirut

It is 1982, and Mason Skiles (Jon Hamm) is a depressed union negotiator, living out of a suitcase, and drowning his dark past in booze. (And no one can make booze come out of his pores onscreen like Jon Hamm.) We find out how he got this way when he gets a mysterious summons and …

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Dunkirk

A Spitfire fighter pilot (Tom Hardy) squints desperately against the shimmering waves and blue sky to see the German bomber in front of him. For the most part, we only know him by his eyes, and we see him become increasingly worried as his broken gas gauge gives him no clue as to the time …

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Darkest Hour

Darkest Hour covers Churchill’s first month as British Prime Minister, a role he is reluctantly thrust into after Parliament’s dissatisfaction with Neville Chamberlain’s inaction in response to the rise of Hitler. It’s May 1940, and Hitler has just steamrolled through France, is threatening to invade the British Isles, and the Allied army is surrounded and …

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Hacksaw Ridge

Having grown up in a household with an abusive, alcoholic father and a devoutly religious mother, Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) is accustomed to living in a world of opposing concepts. It comes as no surprise then, that when Desmond feels compelled to enlist during World War II, he is comfortable placing himself in the middle …

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Bloody Sunday

Bloody Sunday is one of those films that you know immediately has only the best intentions. Focusing on the massacre of peace-marching civilians by British troops on one bloody day in early 1970s Northern Ireland, the film aims to expose in the most raw way the horror of the event. Using hand-held cameras to lend …

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