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  • America's Civil War Magazine

    America’s Civil War Film Review: Copperhead

    Copperhead Directed by Ron Maxwell, 2013, 120 minutes The value of director Ron Maxwell’s (Gettysburg, Gods and Generals) latest Civil War offering is that it deals with a topic frequently overlooked in most Americans’ education about...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    CWT Review: Lincoln as Man, Not Icon

    When it comes to Civil War films, viewers crave drama and accuracy. Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln delivers a storytelling feast, but also suffers from a few historical hiccups. The film’s narrative is driven not by battles on the open...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    CWT Review: Saving Lincoln

    Saving Lincoln  Directed by Salvador Litvak In Saving Lincoln’s most striking scene, the screen goes fuzzy, then sharpens as Abraham Lincoln (Tom Amandes) argues with a fierce George  McClellan (Jamie Elman). Suddenly Alexander...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    Film Review: Civil War- The Untold Story

    Civil War: The Untold Story Produced and directed by Chris Wheeler RLJ Entertainment Chris Wheeler’s new documentary series Civil War: The Untold Story boldly declares its uniqueness in its title, and roots this claim in a focus on the...

  • World War II Magazine

    Battle Films: The Moral World of Twelve O’Clock High

    TWELVE O’CLOCK HIGH, celebrated film about the air war over Europe, shows barely any a justly high-altitude violence. Even so, director Henry King and his actors expertly illuminate the complex burden of commanding personnel engaged...

  • World War II Magazine

    Film Review: The Wind Rises

    The Wind Rises Directed by Hayao Miyazaki. 2 hours, 6 minutes. Animation. Opens February 21. ‘An airplane is a dream,” says dashing Giovanni Caproni to bespectacled Jiro Horikoshi, setting out this remarkable animated feature’s...

  • World War II Magazine

    Film Review: D-Day- Normandy 1944

    D-Day: Normandy 1944 Directed by Pascal Vuong. Narrated by Tom Brokaw. 43 minutes. Opens at IMAX 3D theaters across the country in May; check local theater listings. This relatively brief take on D-Day outpunches its weight. A cogent...

  • World War II Magazine

    Battle Films: The Best Years’ Welcome Home

    THE BEST YEARS of Our Lives opens with the fortuitous meeting (1946) of three veterans returning to Boone City, their hometown. They are making the journey in the nose of a B-17 bomber. The oldest, Sergeant First Class Al Stephenson...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Book Review: Last Days in Vietnam

    Last Days in Vietnam  Directed by Rory Kennedy, Moxie Firecracker Films, 2014. American Experience, PBS, April 28, 2015  A documentary directed by Rory Kennedy, daughter of the late Sen. Robert Kennedy, dramatically presents the...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Review: St. Vincent

    St. Vincent Written and directed by Theodore Melfi, released in U.S. theaters Oct. 24, 2014, PG-13  St. Vincent Murray, as a sour yet compassionate , a new movie starring Bill Vietnam veteran, marks the feature film directorial debut...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Review: Selma

     Selma Directed by Ava DuVernay and written by Paul Webb, released in U.S. theaters Jan. 8, 2015; PG-13 Thus far, moviegoers have been deprived of a feature film portraying the life of Martin Luther King Jr. Consider that gap in...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Film Review: Above and Beyond

    Above and Beyond produced by Nancy Spielberg, Playmount Productions, 2014 American fliers have a tradition of getting involved in other people’s wars, from mercenaries in Mexico’s revolution and the Lafayette Escadrille of World War I,...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    Film Review: The Better Angels

    The Better Angels  Directed by A.J. Edwards available on DVD and OnDemand Little is known about Abraham Lincoln’s boyhood. What he himself recalled of his early life comes primarily from two brief autobiographical sketches provided...

  • World War II Magazine

    Battle Films: Pulp Nonfiction-The Big Red One

    RELEASED IN 1980, tells the story of a squad leader and The Big Red One four privates fighting in every World War II campaign involving the U.S. 1st Infantry Division, whose nickname gives the film its title. These men are not the...

  • World War II Magazine

    Battle Films: Gung Ho! Battle Cry of the Marine Raiders

    The Story of Carlson’s Makin Island Raiders, Gung Ho! tells the story of a raid on Japanese-held Makin Island in the Gilbert Islands chain on August 17-18, 1942, by two companies of Marines from the 2nd Raider Battalion, an outfit...