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Film Recon

Film Recon is a review web series by Senior Editor Paraag Shukla, covering historical fiction film and television productions.




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    FILM RECON: Five Came Back

    SNAPSHOT: Filmmaker Laurent Bouzereau’s excellent Netflix documentary, Five Came Back, is adapted from Mark Harris’ 2014 book and tells the absorbing story of five Hollywood directors during World War II. By the early 1940s,...

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    FILM RECON: 13 Minutes

    SNAPSHOT: Although 13 Minutes—a German film about Georg Elser’s 1939 attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler—has all the ingredients of a compelling thriller, it quickly falls flat. After exploring the final, claustrophobic days in Adolf...

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    FILM RECON: Hacksaw Ridge

    SNAPSHOT: Andrew Garfield gives a powerful and moving performance as army medic Desmond Doss in Hacksaw Ridge, a film that is brutally effective in its depictions of combat but nearly derailed by a single-minded, oversimplified message....