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The Monuments Men

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Not the best paint job...

Ocean’s Eleven go to war in George Clooney’s WW2 caper, which aims to turn the Allies’ efforts to recover looted Nazi art into a springboard for Kelly’s Heroes-style hijinks, only to get bogged down by earnest sermons about the importance of safeguarding Europe’s cultural heritage.

The laboured results entirely lack the fleet-footedness the material demands, partly thanks to a cast that, Matt Damon and Cate Blanchett aside, look like they’ve all been sprung from a Hollywood old people’s home. The moral of the piece appears to be that art is worth dying for – just so long as you’re not American.

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