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  • Wild West Magazine

    Wild West Review: Comanche Moon

    Comanche Moon DVD released in Feb. 2008, Sony Pictures, 284 minutes, $29.95. Val Kilmer looks a mite heftier and acts a mite more bizarrely than Doc Holliday in Tombstone. He chews up a chunk of scenery in the CBS miniseries Comanche Moon,...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    CWT Review: Andersonville

    Andersonville Directed by John Frankenheimer, June 2004 Andersonville, the 1996 Turner Pictures made-for-TV film, gives the notorious Confederate prison in Georgia a gritty treatment not seen in previous cinematic versions. Although this...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Review: Lust, Caution

    Lust, Caution (2007) Director: Ang Lee Time: 158 minutes. Color. Subtitles. This aptly titled cautionary tale about the unfathomable mysteries of love and desire transplants the seeds of Alfred Hitchcock’s Notorious to World War II...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Review: The Fuerhrerbunker

    The Fuerhrerbunker (1935–1942) Director: Christoph Neubauer Time: 50 minutes. B&W. We all know what Hitler’s Berlin underground lair looked like: dark, narrow corridors winding into dank, dim caverns. But according to Christoph...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Review: Nanking

    Nanking Director: Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman  Time: 89 minutes. Color/B&W.  Think of this flick as a documentary variation on Schindler’s List set in 1937 China. Directed by the pair who helmed Twin Towers, the...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Review: The Counterfeiters

    The Counterfeiters (2007)  Director: Stefan Ruzowitzky. Time: 98 minutes. Color. Subtitles.  Think of The Counterfeiters as a cross between Schindler’s List and Stalag 17 with a dash of Downfall— a twisting noir thriller that...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    ACW Review: Ride With the Devil

    Ride With the Devil (1999) Directed by Ang Lee It may seem curious that director Ang Lee would follow up his critically acclaimed movie The Ice Storm, an exposé of middle-class suburban social dysfunction, with a morally complex...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    ACW Review: The Tall Target

    The Tall Target (1951) Directed by Anthony Mann What do you get when you combine a classic film noir whodunit with a historical incident from the life of Abraham Lincoln? You get The Tall Target, director Anthony Mann’s dark rendition of...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    ACW Review: Cold Mountain

    Cold Mountain (2003) Directed by Anthony Minghella If the director of Cold Mountain, the late Anthony Minghella, had given his movie a subtitle, he might well have chosen “An Examination of the Transformation of Social and Political...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    ACW Review: Raintree County

    Raintree County (1957) Directed by Edward Dmytryk The behind-the-scenes drama of MGM’s lumbering adaptation of Ross Lockridge Jr.’s novel about the life and loves of a young, idealistic Indiana Hoosier in the years surrounding the...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    ACW Review: The Prisoner of Shark Island

    The Prisoner of Shark Island (1936) Directed by John Ford Life, as the old saying goes, often imitates art, but more often than not it proves more interesting, especially if your name has become synonymous with a bad reputation. That’s...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Aviation History Review: Wings of Defeat

    Wings of Defeat Independent Lens, San Francisco, Calif., 2009, available from www. edgewoodpictures.com/wingsofdefeat, $24.95. Veteran Mitsubishi A6M Zero pilot Shigeyoshi Hamazono claimed to have survived grueling campaigns in the Solomon...

  • Wild West Magazine

    Movie Review: Hostiles

    Director Scott Cooper delivers a well-crafted, if at points dragging, tale of Western cultural clashes...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Review: Valkyrie

    Valkyrie (2008) Director: Bryan Singer Time: 120 minutes. Color. The Final Solution, Aryan superiority, the two-front war—man, the Third Reich got just about everything wrong, didn’t it? As Valkyrie chronicles with chilly,...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Review: Defiance

    Defiance (2008) Director: Edward Zwick Time: 137 minutes. Color. In the wake of the German conquest of Belorussia in the summer of 1941, most of the native Jewish population was either murdered outright or marked for death. This powerful...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Review: Why We Fight

    WWII: Why We Fight  Time: 441 minutes. B&W/Color. $49.99.  In 1942, Gen. George C. Marshall ordered Frank Capra, then a major in the army’s Morale Branch, to create a new sort of training film that would educate GI Joes...