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Life Is Beautiful (1997)

Touching comedy dramas set in concentration camps are few and far between (I'm sure most of us can maybe think of this one and . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . well that's me all out of candidates) so we should be thankful that Life Is…

1911 Revolution (2011)

Jackie Chan, the icon of kung fu comedy, is getting to be an elderly gentleman. Since the mid-to-late '00s, he has retreated from the physically demanding roles and begun working on more realistic fare, including historical movies. He did a…

In Darkness (2012)

In Darkness, from veteran Polish Director Agnieszka Holland (Europa Europa) is the extraordinary true story of  Leopold Socha. A simple Polish sewer worker in the town of Lvov during the Nazi occupation, who hides and protects a group of…

The Front Line (2011)

In terms of coverage at the UK box office, the Korean War is not particularly well known when compared with other wars such as Vietnam or the two Gulf Wars. The conflict raged primarily from 1950 to 1953 and in effect marked the start of…

There Be Dragons (2011)

There Be Dragons is not the return of Roland Joffé. The name probably doesn’t mean anything to you. But this director made two brilliant movies in the 1980s, namely The Killing Fields and The Mission. These were intelligent, sensitive…

Jayne Mansfield’s Car (2012)

Directed by Billy Bob Thornton, who hasn’t directed a feature film in over ten years, and starring a wealth of talented Hollywood actors, Jayne Mansfield’s Car is one of the most anticipated films at this year’s Berlinale and is also in…

In the Land of Blood and Honey (2011)

Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut is set during the Bosnian war and depicts an unusual love story that occurs during a horrific period. The story begins in 1992 where we see Danijel (Goran Kostic) a handsome policeman on a date with…

First Squad (2009)

First Squad is an animated Russian/Japanese/Canadian co-production. The Russians provided the story and the Japanese provided the animation – what the Canadians did, I have no idea. Maybe they provided the funding? It is a short movie for a…

Yamada: Way of the Samurai (2010)

As a history student, I have never considered myself to be interested in the history of war. However, as my studies have progressed I have come to realize that the specific thing I don’t like about war is guns. If we go back to before the…