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The Load (2018)

Director: Ognjen Glavonic

Writer: Ognjen Glavonic

Cast: Leon Lucev, Pavle Cemerikic

Cert: 15 (TBC)

Running time: 98mins

Year: 2018 



What’s the story: During the 1999 NATO bombing of Serbia, a truck driver must transport mysterious cargo from Kosovo to Belgrade.

What’s the verdict: Ognjen Glavonic’s feature debut is a pared back, near anti-thriller set against NATO’s bombing of Slobodan Milosevic’s Serbian regime in 1999.

Leon Lucev is Vlada, a truck driver transporting secret cargo for the military from Kosovo to Belgrade. The rules are he is not permitted to stop, and must not try to discover what is in the back of his padlocked lorry.

Forced to take an alternate route following a vicious looking car accident on a key bridge, Vlada breaks protocol by picking up young hitchh...

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Anthropoid

anthropoid-posterDirector: Sean Ellis

Writer: Sean Ellis, Anthony Frewin

Cast: Cillian Murphy, Jamie Dornan, Toby Jones, Charlotte Le Bon, Anna Geislerová

Cert: 15

Running time: 120mins

Year: 2016



What’s the story: In 1942, partisans selected by the London-based Czechoslovakian government are tasked with aiding the Czech resistance in the assassination of high-ranking SS official Reinhard Heydrich, Himmler’s second-in-command.

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What’s the verdict: The plot against Reinhard Heydrich has been filmed numerous times previously, notably in 1943 by Fritz Lang as Hangmen Also Die, and again in 1975 as Operation Daybreak by Spy Who Loved Me director Lewis Gilbert.

Anthropoid was the real name of the operation to assassinate Himmler’s no.2, the man known as “the Butcher of Prague...

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My Nazi Legacy

My-Nazi-Legacy-posterDirector: David Evans

Writer: Philippe Sands

Cast: Philippe Sands, Niklas Frank, Horst von Wachter

Cert: PG

Running time: 90mins

Year: 2015

 



What’s the story: Jewish international human rights lawyer Philippe Sands tours different countries with the sons of two Nazi war criminals. The men have very different opinions of their fathers’ wartime actions, which affects Sands personally when they travel to the Ukraine and the place where most of his family perished.

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What’s the verdict: Director David Evans, a veteran of such heavyweight shows as Whitechapel and Downton Abbey, keeps My Nazi Legacy visually simple, the camera held at a respectful distance from its subjects and rare family photos and archive footage providing a grim look into the recent past.

The complexity comes in t...

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Woman in Gold

Woman-in-Gold---posterDirector: Simon Curtis

Writers: Alexi Kaye Campbell, E. Randol Schoenberg (life story), Maria Altmann (life story)

Cast: Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Bruhl, Katie Holmes, Tatiana Maslany

Cert: 12A

Running Time: 109 mins

Year: 2015

The lowdown: Based on a true story,National Treasure’ Helen Mirren fights for her rights against Third Reich crimes with a callow Ryan Reynolds in tow. Simon Curtis (My Week with Marilyn) tries to create cinematic alchemy between his likeable leads but despite compelling subject matter and another puissant performance from the indomitable Dame, the effect is ultimately lacklustre.

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The verdict: Although not the first time Nazi pilfering of priceless paintings has received the Tinseltown treatment, unlike 2013’s misjudged comedy caper Monuments Me...

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Emperor

Emperor - Tommy Lee Jones, Matthew Fox, posterDirector: Peter Webber

Cast: Matthew Fox, Tommy Lee Jones, Eriko Hatsune

Cert: 12

Running time: 105mins

Year: 2013

The lowdown: Impressively mounted, old fashioned feeling take on the post-WW2 investigation into Japanese emperor Hirohito’s part in Japan’s war crimes. Lost’s Matthew Fox is the American General charged with uncovering the truth at the behest of boss General McArthur, played by a show-stealing Tommy Lee Jones. By no means the definitive account of America’s post war occupation, but as a polished “who decided it?”, this is a passable entry point into a fascinating period of Japanese/American history.

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The full verdict: The investigation into Hirohito’s war crimes complicity is a detective story worthy of Dashiell Hammett.

Secluded in his heavily guarded palace,...

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