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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The Vietnam War

Growing up in the 70s and 80s, I was of a generation of American kids that was not taught about Vietnam. Sure, some kids had fathers that fought or even died there. Some of our classmates were refugees from the war, who showed up in our elementary school classrooms to start over in a new …

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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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Eye in the Sky

British intelligence has tracked a British national terrorist to a house in Nairobi, Kenya. As soon as she is identified, and the prepping of suicide vests is thrown into the equations, the question is whether or not it is polite to take out one of Britain’s most wanted on the soil of a friendly country. …

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The Bomb

Throughout history, there have been leaps in warfare, from sticks and stones, to bows and arrows, to guns, then machine guns. But thermonuclear warfare was such a jump in the ways that we kill each other, that we may have just said “game over” when the first bomb was dropped. I mean, how can you …

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The Good Lie

It is hard to dislike a movie that has such earnestness behind it; a movie with a story that deserves, no, needs to be told to Westerners. There are certain conflicts that are so epic yet so distant that Americans (especially) often choose to simply ignore them. The conflict in the Sudan, a bloody civil …

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Overlord

Much in the same way the original World War II footage is almost seamlessly interwoven with the narrative story of this curiously forgotten film, it is almost as difficult to distinguish Overlord the movie with Overlord the Criterion Collection edition DVD. Seeing the name “Criterion” attached to a DVD release is, in my opinion, a …

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Brothers (Brødre)

Michael (Ulrich Thomsen) is a stand-up, strait-laced, good-hearted soldier, who’s happily married to Sarah (Connie Nielsen) and raising two adorable young daughters (Sarah Juel Werner, Rebecca Logstrup). His younger brother, Jannik (Nikolaj Lie Kaas), is his polar opposite—brutish, angry and a recently paroled ex-con with a drinking problem. He’s the family screw-up, and they never …

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