War

All Quiet on the Western Front

By Finlay Spencer

Edward Berger’s trench-foot-and-all retelling of this classic war story lacks originality in its brutality.

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Benediction

By Adam Woodward

Terence Davies explores the tragic and complex life of World War I poet Siegfried Sassoon in this elegantly moving biopic.

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Operation Mincemeat

By David Jenkins

Colin Firth and Matthew Macfadyen team up to foil a Nazi plot in this likeable World War Two caper.

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Onoda: 10,000 Nights in the Jungle

By David Jenkins

Arthur Harari charts the remarkable story of Japanese soldier Hiroo Onoda, who refused to surrender at the end of World War Two.

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Fatima

By Cheyenne Bunsie

Marco Pontecorvo’s religious drama about an apparition of the Virgin Mary is unlikely to convert non-believers.

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The Painted Bird

By David Jenkins

A young boy navigates a war-ravaged landscape in Czech director Václav Marhoul’s bleak opus.

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Da 5 Bloods

By Leila Latif

Spike Lee tackles black trauma, white saviourism and the ingloriousness of war in this searing Vietnam epic.

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Midnight Traveler

By Sophie Monks Kaufman

Afghan director Hassan Fazili documents his family’s persecution at the hands of the Taliban.

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A Hidden Life

By Sophie Monks Kaufman

Private, unseen protest forges a spiritual path to God in Terrence Malick’s rhapsodic resistance drama.

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1917

By Greg Wetherall

Sam Mendes’ gripping World War One drama is light on plot but displays plenty of technical panache.

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Midway

By Adam Woodward

Roland Emmerich’s expensively mounted re-enactment of the Battle of Midway benefits from a balanced perspective.

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The Aftermath

By Elena Lazic

Keira Knightley and Alexander Skarsgård experience forbidden love in postwar Germany.

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A Private War

By Elena Lazic

Rosamund Pike plays the late war correspondent Marie Colvin in this standard-issue biopic.

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They Shall Not Grow Old

By Adam Woodward

Peter Jackson marks the centennial of the end of WWI with a fascinating, fatally flawed exercise in historic preservation.

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The 15:17 to Paris

By David Jenkins

Clint Eastwood cleverly restages a real-life act of heroism in this intriguing and moving docudrama.

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Journey’s End

By David Jenkins

The grim realities of life in the World War One trenches is the subject of this rousing if unoriginal tale of soldiers on the edge of sanity.

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Darkest Hour

By Trevor Johnston

Gary Oldman is on career-best form in this standard issue Winston Churchill biopic from director Joe Wright.

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