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Journey's End

Rated 14 Accompaniment (Disturbing Content, Gory Scenes, Violence) ~ Runs 107 minutes

Dir.: Saul Dibb, UK

Asa Butterfield, Sam Claflin, Paul Bettany

“Members of a World War I British army unit struggle to cope while waiting anxiously for an offensive of German soldiers to arrive in Journey’s End, a surprisingly affecting adaptation of a 90-year-old play about humanity and intimacy on the front lines. Directed by Saul Dibb (The Duchess), the story transpires during Germany’s ‘spring offensive’ in 1918 and centers on a company of British officers involved in trench fighting in northern France. The men learn that German soldiers are approaching. Each has his own way of handling the stress. Stanhope, the company’s crumbling captain, drowns himself in whiskey. Osborne, Stanhope’s stable, decent, second-in-command, thinks about his rosy life back home. Trotter talks incessantly. New blood arrives in the form of fresh-out-of-training Raleigh (Asa Butterfield), who has pulled strings to serve under Stanhope, an old schoolmate and the romantic interest of Raleigh’s sister, Margaret. Raleigh’s presence distresses Stanhope, who desperately worries that his frayed, whiskey-soaked condition will become known to Margaret via a letter from her brother. The tension escalates after the men receive orders to perform a daytime raid, which will likely cost some their lives. Osborne and Raleigh are to lead the mission. Both, trying not to show it, are terrified... Dibb... tells a story efficiently, and has a way with character and emotion. He’s created a tense, graceful and sometimes harrowing picture of the human toll of war.... Playing young men facing possible, even probable, doom, the actors are magnificent.” - Anita Katz, the San Francisco Examiner

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January 20