Poet explores war through words

FAIRFIELD — The horrors of war have been covered in movies, songs and even poetry.

In “Benedict,” First World War poet Siegfried Sassoon returns home and finds himself raging against the government for the sins of war. In this retelling of Sassoon life, Jack Lowden plays him as a young man, and in his embittered older age by Peter Capaldi (Dr. Who). Sassoon dies at the age of 80 in 1967 just as another war is set to begin.

Opening in limited release are:

“Benedict.” Siegfried Sassoon was an English war poet who sought for personal salvation through his experiences with family, war, his writing and destructive relationships. After he returned from World War I, he became an outspoken critic of the government, which earned him fandom with celebrities and the elite. The film is rated PG-13

“Eiffel,” which revolves around celebrated engineer Gustave Eiffel (Romain Duris) as he finishes his collaboration on the Statue of Liberty and is pressured by the French government to design something spectacular for the 1889 Paris World Fair. Eiffel simply wants to design the subway, but everything changes when he crosses paths with a mysterious woman from his past (Emma Mackey). Their long-lost, forbidden passion inspires him to build the iconic Eiffel Tower. The film is rated R.

“Miracle.” This is a film in two parts with the first part exploring the story of a nun, Cristina Tofan (Ioana Bugarin), who sneaks away from an isolated convent. The film’s second part follows Marius Preda (Emanuel Pârvu), a determined inspector retracing Ella’s steps days after her departure. Here, the narrative opens into both gripping police thriller and devastating social commentary, as Marius gradually uncovers clues and revelations leading not only to the unfathomable truth behind Cristina’s mysterious actions but possibly to an actual miracle as well. The film is not rated.

“Watchers.” As a serial killer stalks the city, a young actress who just moved to town with her boyfriend notices a mysterious stranger watching her from across the street. Her fear of her begins to build as she realizes she really might be watched and is in danger. Te film is rated R.

For information on Edwards Cinemas in Fairfield, visit www.regmovies.com/theatres/regal-edwards-fairfield-imax. For Vacaville showtimes, visit www.brendentheatres.com. For Vallejo showtimes, check www.cinemark.com/theatres/ca-vallejo. More information about upcoming films is available at www.movieinsider.com.

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