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Dunkirk (2017)

Director: Christopher Nolan

Writer: Christopher Nolan

Cast: Fionn Whitehead, Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh, Harry Styles, Cillian Murphy, Jack Lowden, James D’Arcy, Tom Glynn-Carey, Barry Keoghan

Cert: 12

Running time: 106mins

Year: 2017


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What’s the story: France, 1940. After Germany defeats Allied forces in the Battle of Dunkirk, 400,000 British soldiers are stranded on the beach, 26 miles from home. Operation Dynamo, the mobilisation of naval ships plus hundreds of civilian boats, is activated to rescue those across the Channel.

What’s the verdict: Expectations rode high when news broke that Christopher Nolan’s next film would tackle the evacuation of Dunkirk.

Nolan’s response has been to deliver perhaps his finest film to date...

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Rogue One

rogue-one-posterDirector: Gareth Edwards

Writer: Chris Weitz, Tony Gilroy (screenplay), John Knoll, Gary Whitta (story), George Lucas (characters)

Cast: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Alan Tudyk, Wen Jiang, Forest Whitaker, Riz Ahmed, Mads Mikkelsen

Cert: 12

Running time: 134mins

Year: 2016



What’s the story: The Galactic Empire has created a terrifying new weapon, the Death Star, which is nearing full planet-killing power. Jyn Erso (Jones), street thief and cynical daughter of the weapon’s chief architect (Mikkelsen), must team up with a ragtag group of freedom fighters and mercenaries to steal plans to the Death Star and deliver them to the Rebel Alliance.

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What’s the verdict: Despite being a Star Wars movie, Rogue One has a feeling of difficult second album-itis...

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American Sniper

American-Sniper---posterDirector: Clint Eastwood

Writer: Jason Hall  (screenplay), Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen, James Defelice (book)

Cast: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Sammy Sheik, Mido Hamada

Cert: 15

Running time: 132mins

Year: 2014

 

The lowdown: 21 years after Unforgiven, Clint Eastwood again dives deep into the psychological impact of killing with this nerve-fraying war movie. Bradley Cooper is Chris Kyle, the US Navy SEAL with 160 confirmed kills, making him the most lethal sniper in US history. The cumulative effect of four tours of Iraq on the man dubbed “The Legend” by his fellow soldiers on both Kyle and his family is impressively realised through brutal combat scenes and stand-out performances from Cooper and Sienna Miller as Kyle’s wife.

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The full verdict: David O...

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Fury (2014)

Fury - posterDirector: David Ayer

Writer: David Ayer

Cast: Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, John Bernthal, Michael Pena

Cert: 15

Running time: 135mins

Year: 2014

The lowdown: War may be Hell, but once more makes for blistering cinema. Brad Pitt gives arguably his best performance to date as Sgt. Don “Wardaddy” Collier, leading a seasoned Sherman tank crew deep into Nazi Germany during the last gasps of WW2. But, the arrival of Logan Lerman’s callow Norman forces the men to see how three years of conflict has brutalised them as moral quandaries pile as high as the bodies. Riveting and shocking, with the horror of war painted in bold red strokes. Make tracks to see it.

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The full verdict: To ensure we don’t miss the central War is Hell message, Fury opens with a German officer riding a whit...

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