Category: War

Darkest Hour (2017)

Set in May, 1940, we see an anxious United Kingdom worried about the impending rise of Nazi Germany, under the command of Adolf Hitler.  Out goes Neville Chamberlain (Pickup, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel),...

War Machine (2017)

When was the last time Brad Pitt (By the Sea, Fury) gave a performance that didn’t resemble an alien trying to control a human host? That’s the question I posed on Twitter shortly after screening War...

Their Finest (2016)

Set in 1940, around the time of the London Blitz during World War II, Their Finest stars Gemma Arterton (The Girl with All the Gifts, Gemma Bovery) as Catrin Cole, a fledgling screenwriter from Wales who has...

Kong: Skull Island (2017)

A quintessential popcorn flick, Kong: Skull Island doesn’t try to go deep with important themes or get entrenched in lots of set-up or explanation, built on the premise that audiences want lots of action and humor...

War Dogs (2016)

Loosely based on a true story chronicled in a 2011 “Rolling Stone” article and subsequent 2015 book (“Arms and the Dudes”) by Guy Lawson, War Dogs follows two lifelong friends, struggling massage therapist and bedsheet salesman...

Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

Zero Dark Thirty, or ‘oh dark thirty’, the military’s way of saying ‘sometime in the middle of the night’, (here, it alludes to the local time of the attack on the compound in Pakistan reenacted...

Battle of Britain (1969)

Guy Hamilton, perhaps best known for directing James Bond features, including Goldfinger and Diamonds Are Forever, gets the chair filming this ultra-patriotic, star-studded WWII movie depicting a key battle in defense of the isle...

1941 (1979)

The Japanese didn’t plan an assault on Hollywood, Spielberg did. One of his few misfires, but it’s a big one, 1941 sees director Steven Spielberg (Duel, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom) having fun playing with...

Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

Set in rural northern Spain in 1944, following their Civil War, Pan’s Labyrinth tells the tale of Ofelia (Baquero, Romasanta), a young girl who travels to a military camp with her pregnant mother (Gil, Belle Epoque) in order for...