At The Movies: 1917 is an exhilarating, scary descent into madness, while Judy is a triumph of acting

Still from the film 1917 featuring George MacKay.
Still from the film 1917 featuring George MacKay.PHOTO: UIP

SINGAPORE - War epic 1917 (PG13, 119 minutes/opens Jan 9/5 stars) not only tackles a subject few film-makers want to touch, but does so with an approach that fills the viewer's senses: one leaves the cinema feeling the story in the gut.

In too many films, World War I is mentioned in shorthand with the use of tragedy tableaus showing corpse-strewn landscapes, vermin-ridden mud, the slaughter of the infantry charge.

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