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Unbroken (2014) ***

Unbroken (2014) ***

Unbroken is a noble attempt by Angelina Jolie, who produced and directed the film, to bring to the big screen the 2010 biography by Laura Hillenbrand ‘Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption.’ Not without merit, the film, whose screenplay was written by Joel and Ethan Coen, Richard LaGravenese and William Nicholson, misses the mark.
Unbroken is not a bad movie. Many film critics wrote it off as "conventional," and conventional it is, which is not what one expects from such an unconventional life-story.
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Fury (2014) ***

Fury (2014) ***

Fury is a WWII war movie, written and directed by David Ayer, staring Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Jon Bernthal, Michael Peña, Jason Isaacs, and Scott Eastwood. The story takes place during April 1945, the last month of the fighting in Europe; when the Allies were already on German soil, pushing their way to Berlin. It is the tale of a battle-seasoned US Army crew of a Sherman tank named Fury. Led by a tough commander (Brad Pitt,) keen on getting his men alive through the war, the Pitt character is both a father, a friend, and a sort of God for his team. In a way he is also typical of a Sheriff in the Western genre, just displaced in time and place...
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Edge of Tomorrow (2014) ****

Edge of Tomorrow (2014) ****

Turns out that if one mixes Groundhog Day with The War of the Worlds, and throws in a bit of Alien spicing for gruesome effect, the result would be Edge of Tomorrow. Story recipes aside, Edge of Tomorrow is no masterpiece. But as far as using time-loops in a plot is concerned, none had been as effective since the days Punxsutawney Phil ruled the screen.
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Four Days in May (Russia, 2011) ***

Four Days in May (Russia, 2011) ***

Set at the end of WWII, Four Days in May, a war drama directed by Achim von Borries to the work of Dmitry Faust, tells a story of high morals, involving a price of life and death. If one puts aside the politics and the shaken credibility of the story, Four Days in May is a touching human drama. The film suffers from some pacing issues and feels, at times, as a showcase for acting. But it does have an interesting core story and enough tension to make for an engaging film.

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Zero Dark Thirty (2012) ****

Zero Dark Thirty (2012) ****

Kathryn Bigelow teams once again with screenwriter Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) to create a captivating military-style thriller. Focusing on the American efforts to capture and kill Osama bin Laden, Bigelow and Boal make some daring decisions which anger some and please others. Expand to read full review.
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Lincoln (2012) ****

Focusing on the final four months of Lincoln's life, including the ending of slavery (Thirteenth Amendment) and the Union victory in the Civil War, Lincoln provides an engaging biopic that is a shining portrait of a leader standing tall in American history.
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