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Film Review: Rebellion

Five-part mini-series about the Easter Uprising of 1916 in Ireland. I looked it up because the director just completed The Unknown Soldier about the 1944 Continuation War. Rebellion suggests that the movie will be worth watching. Plot 5/5 Visuals 4/5 … Continue reading

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The Free State of Jones, movie review

I was pleasantly surprised by how well this film was done. Historic accuracy, near as I can judge, is pretty reasonable. Props, accents, details also seem fairly decent. Plot: 4/5 Acting: 4/5 Both are just a little flat, but I … Continue reading

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Отзыв на фильм: Единичка

http://kinomassa.net/5125-edinichka-2015.html Пожалуй, один из лучших военных фильмов. И качество актёрской игры, и спец-эффекты, и сценарий — всё на высоком уровне. (The movie isn’t subtitled, so I doubt it would be of much interest to English-speaking viewers. The actors speak Russian, … Continue reading

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Film review: Intimate Enemies

Intimate Enemies, 2007 French film about the war in Algiers. Available on Netflix. Plot 8 Acting 8 Visuals 9 Props – 9 Audio effects – 10 Overall — recommended. As war movies go, this one is fairly nuanced. The terrain … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Winter in Wartime

A Dutch WW2 movie about a family part of which helps a downed British airman, others…not so much. Well-scripted and well-acted. Plot – 9 Visuals – 7 (excellent action, good props other than people using decocked single action pistols to threaten others, … Continue reading

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Movie review: Secrets of War

A Dutch WW2 movie about three kids, one a son of a collaborator, another of a resister, the third a Jewish refugee. Well-scripted and well-acted. Plot – 9 Visuals – 9 Music – 9 (adds a lot to the mood) … Continue reading

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Movies to avoid

Suite Française (2014) — starts with an interesting premise but goes nowhere with it. The characters range from inconsistent to cartoony to unrealistic. It has all the elements of good film without actually turning into a satisfying, coherent whole. The … Continue reading

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Our Mothers, Our Fathers (Generation War) — a German three-part movie about five friends living through 1939-1945. Acting – 9/10, including strong performances by secondary characters Visuals – 9/10, good sense of time and place Props and authenticity – 8/10, just … Continue reading

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Film reviews

Kenau (2014), about an apocryphal hero of the real siege of Haarlem in 1572-73. Excellent visuals, good actors but spotty screenplay which comes across as genuine some of the time and as a farce at intervals. Just a slight tinge of … Continue reading

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Movie review: The Hundred-Foot Journey

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2980648 Acting: 9 Light and SFX: 7 (pretty but overdone) Plot: 9 (not very predictable and full of cute details) Camera work: 9 Overall: 9+ Great date movie, and just interesting in general. Immigrants, in particular, would find certain moments … Continue reading

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Movie Shenandoah

Watching that film, I noticed that the protagonist family were all armed better than either the Federal or the Confederate armies, most having repeating cartridge carbines. The days of the regular Americans being able to match government firepower are sadly … Continue reading

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Movie Review: The Hobbit.

Summary: don’t waste your time or your patience. Casting: very poor. Certain characters, such as Thorin, were mis-cast. Screenplay: terrible. Even having read the book, I found the plot disjointed and nonsensical. Logical connections between events were lost. The spirit … Continue reading

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Two movies in one day.

I have not gone to the movies in a very long time. Today, I ended up watching two in a row. First was Brave 3D, which I very much recommend. The trailer for it did not do the movie justice. … Continue reading

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Movie review: The Flowers of War

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1410063 Storyline: 5/5 Acting: 5/5 — main and secondary characters all convincing SFX: 4/5 — impressive but a bit unrealistic at times Music: not a notable factor The film gets a lot of story-telling in a two and a quarter … Continue reading

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Movie review: Albert Nobbs

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1602098/ Watched a period drama about a woman who spent most of her life pretending to be a man to get by in the late 19th century Britain. I recommend it. The acting was good and carried the film, but … Continue reading

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Movie review: Angry Harvest

Very well done film about a man who is…various shades of good, evil and mundane.The film works out much better than the sum of its parts would suggest, and the ending is very, very well handled. I recommend it. Acting:8 … Continue reading

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