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Thn At The War Horse Press Conference

10 January 2012 5:27 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

As the most celebrated director of the modern era, Steven Spielberg creates excitement among film fans like few others. Since the early 1970s he’s been a dominant force in Hollywood, and is responsible for many of cinema’s most defining moments. He is perhaps best known for large-scale productions, bringing a sense of grandeur to his stories as only a few big-name directors can. His latest film, War Horse, is no exception: spanning the length of The Great War, and travelling from rural Devon to The Battle of the Somme, War Horse is as epic as any previous Spielberg film. It also has a very personal and intimate core, and Spielberg considers that, with War Horse, he has created a different kind of war film, one that has strong underlying themes of love and friendship.

‘This is not Saving Private Ryan or Band Of Brothers,’ he says, talking at »

- Tom Fordy

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What To Buy This Week: Blu-ray and DVD releases for January 9th 2012

9 January 2012 3:02 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

It’s the start of another week, so you know what that means: yet more DVD and Blu-ray releases hit the high street, ready and waiting to swallow up all your hard-earned cash – if you have any left after the holiday season that is! So here’s the rundown of what’s available to buy from today, January 9th 2012.

Pick Of The Week

Witchville (DVD)

Prince Malachi (Luke Goss) is forced to take on the role of King after his father dies suddenly. He returns to a land that has been overthrown by a coven of witches lead by the Red Queen (Sarah Douglas). In order to save his kingdom he must fight their darkness and bring them to defeat.

And the rest…

Troll Hunter (DVD/Blu-ray)

Whilst investigating a series of suspicious bear killings, a group of students track a mysterious ‘hunter’ who wants nothing to do with them »

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War Horse Review

7 January 2012 4:46 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Steven Spielberg

Cast: Jeremy Irvine, Toby Kebbel, Peter Mullan, David Thewlis, Emily Watson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston

Running time: 146 minutes

Certificate: 12A

Synopsis: When he’s sold to the army after the outbreak of The Great War, Joey the horse encounters a variety of people across Britain and France, experiencing the battle from both sides. But Joey’s original owner, Albert (Levine), hopes to reunite with the horse somehow, even volunteering for action himself…

It isn’t often that one sees a film in which the protagonist is a non-human, particularly if said non-human hasn’t been anthropomorphosized and given an amusing hat of some kind. But that’s exactly what Steven Spielberg has dared to do in War Horse, his adaptation of the Michael Murpurgo novel. That isn’t to say there aren’t human characters with whom we can identify or connect. The titular horse – Joey to »

- Tom Fordy

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