The Last Samurai

BBB.5 (out of 5) After participating in a number of Civil War battles (many of which helped decimate the populations of natives in North America), an embittered, drunken veteran (Tom Cruise) follows his superior officers to Japan in search of big money. He has been hired by the emperor to train the country’s army in…

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Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence

BBB.5 (out of 5) There’s so much worth taking from this haunting adaptation of the novel by Laurens Van Der Post that you should ignore its weaknesses and watch it.  David Bowie and Tom Conti are superb as British officers who are prisoners in a Japanese POW camp during the Second World War. Their sadistic commanding officer…

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