War Story

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A battle-scarred photojournalist (Catherine Keener) risks her life to rescue a young refugee in this gripping, ripped-from-the-headlines thriller. Sir Ben Kingsley also stars. (c) IFC Films

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  • For much of the early going it's the burdened physicality that Keener brings to the role that tells us everything we need to know.

    Aug 7, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Jackson's spare, quietly powerful sophomore feature demonstrates an impressive control of mood and tone and the ability to tell a story largely without words.

    Aug 4, 2014 | Full Review…

    Scott Foundas

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  • There's minimalist filmmaking that's quietly intriguing, and then there's emotional detachment that's stultifying to the point of being nap-inducing. War Story falls into the latter category.

    Aug 1, 2014 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • In Keener's hands, the collapse feels urgent but not unhinged, and Lee's trajectory from steely and determined to openly distraught lends an otherwise meandering film a strong core.

    Jul 31, 2014 | Full Review…

    Tomas Hachard

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  • Catherine Keener rarely gets the chance to grab the spotlight all for herself. That makes this turgid drama especially disappointing.

    Jul 31, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • So often does Catherine Keener play snappish or smart-mouthed characters that it's startling to see her behaving so tired and ragged throughout much of War Story.

    Jul 31, 2014 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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