Film Reviews

Americans as Killers

National Review‘s critique of the new Western film Hostiles, with Christian Bale in the lead role as a cavalry officer,…

First to Fight Back: A Review of 12 Strong

They were the first boots on the ground in the War on Terror. Their footprints were horse hooves.

Never Surrender: Movie Review of Dunkirk
Never Surrender: Review of Dunkirk

The historic event grounding Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk involved a military crisis that was, in its beginning, as dark, desperate, and seemingly hopeless as it was extraordinary, full of heroism, and even miraculous in its conclusion. Whether his film captures any of that sufficiently is an open question.

A Failure to Discern: Burns & Novick’s “The Vietnam War” is Bad History

The PBS documentary fails to distinguish moral differences between belligerents, to account for the post-1968 strategy, and to learn the right lessons.

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Mission Failure: The Burns & Novick “The Vietnam War” Misses its Target

In this first of a two-part review, Mac Owens reflects on the Ken Burns & Lynn Novick PBS documentary “The Vietnam War” and why it falls short of its effort to provide a balanced view of the conflict.

The King's Choice Movie Review
King’s Choice, Honorable Statecraft & Just War

New Norwegian film ‘The King’s Choice’ about the king who defied Nazi invasion provides important lessons about honorable statecraft and Just War teaching.

Viceroy's House & the Great Game
Viceroy’s House & the Great Game

Fans of Downton Abby will appreciate that Hugh Bonneville (i.e., Lord Grantham) portrays another aristocrat, Lord Mountbatten, in the new film…

Dark Ops ProvCast Ep 1 Dunkirk
Dark Ops ProvCast Ep. 1: Dunkirk

In this inaugural edition of The Dark Ops ProvCast, Marc LiVecche talks with Mark Melton and naval historian Tommy Sheppard about the Christopher Nolan film Dunkirk.

A Bold Step in the Right Direction, but not Without Flaws: A Historical Critique of Bitter Harvest
A Bold Step in the Right Direction, but not Without Flaws: A Historical Critique of Bitter Harvest

Bitter Harvest is a touching film about a tragic and important piece of history. That being said, it is undoubtedly not without several discernible weaknesses that detract from its overall quality.