THE INNOCENTS

Reviewed by GREG KING Stars: Lou De Laage, Agata Kulesza, Agata Buzek, Joanna Kulig, Dorota Kuduk, Vincent Macaigne. This French/Polish production looks at the horrors of war and the consequences of war from a different perspective. The Innocents is inspired by a little-known incident that happened in Poland at the end of WWII. The setting is a secluded convent outside Warsaw. A convent should have been a place of refuge and a safe haven from the horrors of war, but instead it became a place of terror. When the Russian troops liberated Poland from the Germans Continue reading

THEIR FINEST

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Lone Scherfig Stars: Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin. Bill Nighy, Jack Huston, Jake Lacy, Eddie Marsan, Halen McCrory, Jeremy Irons, Richard E Grant, Henry Goodman, Hubert Burton, Claudie Jeesie, Stephanie Hyam. This thoroughly enjoyable WWII drama is set in London at the height of the Blitz. The Ministry of Information and the War Office want to make a propaganda film to keep the people’s morale and spirits up. Just as important though is sending a strong message to the Americans that the British are still in the fight for the long Continue reading

LAND OF MINE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Martin Pieter Zandvliet Stars: Roland Moeller, Louis Hofmann, Oskar Belton, Emil Belton, Mikkel Boe Folsgaard, Oskar Bokelmann, Leon Seidel, Karl Alexander Seidel, August Carter, Maximilian Beck, Tim Bulow. Land Of Mine is a powerful, intense and involving drama set in Denmark in 1945, immediately after the end of WWII. And as unlikely as it seems, it is based on a little known true story from the annals of history. After the war, some 2.2 million landmines littered Denmark’s beaches, planted there by the Nazis who feared that Continue reading

PHOENIX

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Christian Petzold Stars: Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Nina Kurzendorf, Imogen Kogge. Set in the aftermath of WWII, Phoenix is a slow burn noir-like psychological thriller about identity, survival, obsesion and betrayal. It bears some similarity to the Hitchcock classic Vertigo as well as Brian De Palma's Obsession. Disfigured Jewish concentration camp survivor Nelly Lanz (Nina Hoss, recently seen in A Most Wanted Man, etc) has undergone plastic surgery and facial reconstruction surgery. Now known as Lene she begins to search the rubble Continue reading

UNBROKEN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Angelina Jolie Stars: Jack O'Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, Garrett Hedlund, Jai Courtney, Takamasa Ishihara, Finn Wittrock, Alex Russell, Luke Treadaway, Spencer Lofranco, C J Valleroy, John D'Leo. This biopic of athlete and WWII survivor Louis Zamperini is something of a labour of love for Angelina Jolie. This is her second fiction feature as a director following 2011's drama In The Land Of Blood And Honey, which was set against the backdrop of the Bosnian war, and Unbroken shares a number of similar themes and ideas about the Continue reading