★★★★☆ UK. 2h24m. War / Comedy / Musical. Directed by Richard Attenborough. Written by Len Deighton (screenplay) and Gerry Raffles, Joan Littlewood (“The Long Long Trail”) and Charles Chilton (“The Long Long Trail”). Cinematography by Gerry Turpin. Edited by Kevin Connor. Starring Maggie Smith, Dirk Bogarde, John Gielgud, Wendy Allnutt, Colin Farrell, Malcolm McFee, John Rae, Corin Redgrave, Maurice Roëves, Paul Shelley, Kim Smith, Angela Thorne, Mary Wimbush, Vincent Ball, Pia Colombo, Paul Daneman, Isabel Dean, Christian Doermer.
Oh! What a Lovely War summarises and comments on the events of World War I using popular songs of the time, many of which were parodies of older popular songs, and using allegorical settings such as Brighton’s West Pier to criticise the manner in which the eventual victory was won.
★★★★★ USA. 2h49m. War / Drama. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Written by Robert Rodat. Cinematography by Janusz Kaminski. Edited by Michael Kahn. Music by John Williams. Starring Tom Hanks, Edward Burns, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore, Jeremy Davies, Vin Dielsel, Adam Goldberg, Barry Pepper, Giovanni Ribisi, Ted Danson, Paul Giamatti, Dennis Farina.
Set during the Invasion of Normandy in World War II, the film is known for its graphic portrayal of war and for the intensity of its second scene of 23 minutes, a depiction of the Omaha Beach assault during the Normandy landings. The film follows United States Army Rangers Captain John H. Miller and his squad as they search for a paratrooper, Private First Class James Francis Ryan, the last surviving brother of a family of four, with his three other brothers having been killed in action.
★★★★☆ Italy. 1h55m. War / Drama. Directed by Lina Wertmüller. Written by Lina Wertmüller. Cinematography by Tonino Delli Colli. Edited by Franco Fraticelli. Music by Nando de Luca, Enzo Jannacci. Starring Giancarlo Giannini, Fernando Rey, Shirley Stoler, Elena Fiore, Piero Di Iorio, Enzo Vitale, Roberto Herlitzka, Lucio Amelio.
About an Italian everyman who deserts the army during World War II and is then captured by the Germans and sent to a prison camp, where he does anything to survive. Through flashbacks, we learn about his family of seven unattractive sisters, his accidental murder of one sister’s lover, his imprisonment in an insane asylum — where he rapes a patient — and his volunteering to be a soldier to escape confinement. For her work on the film, Wertmüller became the first woman nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director
★★★★☆ USA. 2h16m. Biography / War / Drama. Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. Written by Becky Johnston (screenplay) and Heinrich Harrer (“Seven Years In Tibet”). Cinematography by Robert Fraisse. Edited by Noëlle Boisson. Music by John Williams. Starring Brad Pitt, David Thewlis, BD Wong, Danny Denzongpa, Mako, Jamyang Jamtsho Wangchuk.
Based on the 1952 book of the same name. The book was written by Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer on his experiences in Tibet between 1939 and 1951 during World War II, the interim period, and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army’s invasion of Tibet in 1950.
★★★★☆ USA. 2h17m. War. Directed by Angelina Jolie. Written by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, Richard LaGravenese, William Nicholson (screenplay) and Laura Hillenbrand (“Unbroken”). Cinematography by Roger Deakins. Edited by Tim Squyres. Music by Alexandre Desplat. Starring Jack O’Connell, C.J. Valleroy, Domhnall Gleeson, Garrett Hedlund, Miyavi, Finn Wittrock, Jai Courtney, Luke Treadaway, Spencer Lofranco, Travis Jeffery, Jordan Patrick Smith, John Magaro, Alex Russell, John D’Leo, Vincenzo Amato.
Unbroken stars Jack O’Connell as USA Olympian and army officer Louis “Louie” Zamperini, who survived in a raft for 47 days after his bomber crash-landed in the ocean during the Second World War, before being captured by the Japanese and being sent to a series of prisoner of war camps.
★★★☆☆ USA. 1h28m. War. Directed by John Farrow. Written by W.R. Burnett, Frank Butler. Cinematography by William C. Mellor, Theodor Sparkuhl. Edited by Frank Bracht, LeRoy Stone. Music by David Buttolph. Starring Brian Donlevy, Macdonald Carey, Robert Preston, William Bendix, Albert Dekker, Walter Abel, Mikhail Rasumny, Rod Cameron, Bill Goodwin, Damian O’Flynn, Frank Albertson, Philip Van Zandt.
The story of the United States military garrison on Wake Island and the onslaught by the Japanese following the attack on Pearl Harbor.
★★★☆☆ USA. 1h28m. War / Drama. Directed by Raoul Walsh. Written by Guy Bolton, Jules Furthman, Michael Morton. Cinematography by James Wong Howe. Edited by Jack Murray. Music by Carli Elinor, R.H. Bassett, Hugo Friedhofer. Starring Elissa Landi, Lionel Barrymore, Laurence Olivier, Walter Byron, Arnold Korff, Mischa Auer, Boris Karloff.
After Russia declares that Jews are restricted from travel, a woman discovers that she can obtain a “yellow ticket” if she prostitutes herself.
★★★★☆ USA. 2h37m. War / Drama. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow. Written by Mark Boal. Cinematography by Greig Fraser. Edited by Dylan Tichenor, William Goldenberg. Music by Alexandre Desplat. Starring Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Jennifer Ehle, Mark Strong, Kyle Chandler, James Gandolfini, Harold Perrineau, Mark Duplass, Chris Pratt.
Zero Dark Thirty dramatizes the nearly decade-long international manhunt for Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden after the September 11 attacks. This search leads to the discovery of his compound in Pakistan and the military raid that resulted in bin Laden’s death on May 2, 2011.