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Alexander Held and Barbara Philipp - Shots of a host of stars as they arrive for the annual German Goldene Kamera Awards 2015 which were held at Messehallen in Hamburg, Germany - Saturday 28th February 2015

Alexander Held and Barbara Philipp

Alexander Held and Guest - Shots of a host of stars as they arrive for the annual German Goldene Kamera Awards 2015 which were held at Messehallen in Hamburg, Germany - Friday 27th February 2015

Alexander Held and Guest
Alexander Held and Guest

Henriette Mueller, Alexander Scheer, Alexander Held and Barbara Philipp - Goldene Kamera Awards 2015 at Messehallen - Arrivals at Messehalle (fair hall) - Hamburg, Germany - Friday 27th February 2015

Henriette Mueller, Alexander Scheer, Alexander Held and Barbara Philipp

Alexander Held - Bayerischer Fernsehpreis 2014 Arrivals and Winner at the Prinzregenten Theater on May 23.2014 - Munich, Germany - Friday 23rd May 2014

Alexander Held
Alexander Held
Alexander Held

Julia Koschitz and Alexander Held - Bayerischer Fernsehpreis 2014 - Arrivals and inside the Prinzregententheater - Munich, Germany - Saturday 24th May 2014

Julia Koschitz and Alexander Held
Julia Koschitz and Alexander Held
Julia Koschitz and Alexander Held

Sophie Scholl Review


Excellent
It's not easy, taking situations of high import and rendering them into drama without reducing its participants to saints and demons. Especially when one is confronted with such a one as Sophie Magdalena Scholl, the real-life heroine so radiantly portrayed by Julia Jentsch in the martyr drama Sophie Scholl - a smart, strident beacon for those fighting oppression, you could do much worse, and many films do.

In 1943, the 21-year-old Scholl was a student in Munich and member of the White Rose anti-Nazi resistance group. On February 18, Sophie and her brother Hans (Fabian Hinrichs) were arrested for distributing leaflets at the local university. On February 22, the two of them, along with a third member, were sentenced to death and executed the same day. Marc Rothemund's sober film is about what happens during that short stretch of time, how these three go from non-violent writers of pamphlets to facing down an apoplectic Nazi judge, fairly spitting with fury at the mere sight of those who would defame the Führer and handing out executions like candy.

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Before The Fall Review


Weak
I am officially done with World War II movies, especially if they center on Nazis. Sick and tired doesn't even begin to tell you where I am at with these movies. There are billions of other important events that haven't gotten a quarter of the attention Nazis have, and it won't stop until movies about 9/11 start coming out. Come on, guys, do a little research and I'm sure you'll find another time where humans were really evil to other humans. There's nothing that terrifying in Dennis Gansel's tepid Before the Fall, but I don't mean that as a compliment.

There have been movies made about Nazi dentists (Marathon Man), Nazi secretaries (Blind Spot), and even one about a Jewish Nazi (Henry Bean's astonishing The Believer). Now, we are treated to the story of a Nazi boxer. Well, not exactly. Friedrich (Max Riemelt) hasn't really decided where his intentions are; his father is lenient and could very well be a communist, but he lives in Berlin during the height of Nazism. His ability as a boxer gets him an invite to the Napola School, an institute that says it's for exceptional students but is actually a place that strips German youth of individuality and pity to draft more for the Nazi effort. While there, he makes friends with the sharp, poetic Albrecht (Tom Schilling), the son of a German Gauleiter (It's pretty much a mayor, but saying it in German makes me sound smarter). They form a tight bond, but Friedrich also finds support and acceptance with his boxing coach, Albrecht's father, and most of the other students. It's these two forces that are in constant battle throughout the film and that make for all the emotional and moral fireworks that make up most of its storyline.

Continue reading: Before The Fall Review

Sophie Scholl Review


Excellent
It's not easy, taking situations of high import and rendering them into drama without reducing its participants to saints and demons. Especially when one is confronted with such a one as Sophie Magdalena Scholl, the real-life heroine so radiantly portrayed by Julia Jentsch in the martyr drama Sophie Scholl - a smart, strident beacon for those fighting oppression, you could do much worse, and many films do.

In 1943, the 21-year-old Scholl was a student in Munich and member of the White Rose anti-Nazi resistance group. On February 18, Sophie and her brother Hans (Fabian Hinrichs) were arrested for distributing leaflets at the local university. On February 22, the two of them, along with a third member, were sentenced to death and executed the same day. Marc Rothemund's sober film is about what happens during that short stretch of time, how these three go from non-violent writers of pamphlets to facing down an apoplectic Nazi judge, fairly spitting with fury at the mere sight of those who would defame the Führer and handing out executions like candy.

Continue reading: Sophie Scholl Review

Before The Fall Review


Weak
I am officially done with World War II movies, especially if they center on Nazis. Sick and tired doesn't even begin to tell you where I am at with these movies. There are billions of other important events that haven't gotten a quarter of the attention Nazis have, and it won't stop until movies about 9/11 start coming out. Come on, guys, do a little research and I'm sure you'll find another time where humans were really evil to other humans. There's nothing that terrifying in Dennis Gansel's tepid Before the Fall, but I don't mean that as a compliment.

There have been movies made about Nazi dentists (Marathon Man), Nazi secretaries (Blind Spot), and even one about a Jewish Nazi (Henry Bean's astonishing The Believer). Now, we are treated to the story of a Nazi boxer. Well, not exactly. Friedrich (Max Riemelt) hasn't really decided where his intentions are; his father is lenient and could very well be a communist, but he lives in Berlin during the height of Nazism. His ability as a boxer gets him an invite to the Napola School, an institute that says it's for exceptional students but is actually a place that strips German youth of individuality and pity to draft more for the Nazi effort. While there, he makes friends with the sharp, poetic Albrecht (Tom Schilling), the son of a German Gauleiter (It's pretty much a mayor, but saying it in German makes me sound smarter). They form a tight bond, but Friedrich also finds support and acceptance with his boxing coach, Albrecht's father, and most of the other students. It's these two forces that are in constant battle throughout the film and that make for all the emotional and moral fireworks that make up most of its storyline.

Continue reading: Before The Fall Review

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