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A Private War

Marie Colvin wants to see it all, no matter the cost. In the new biopic A Private War, the eyepatch-wearing war correspondent’s life and career are ruled by a nasty cycle of journalistic obsession, PTSD, and addiction to both adrenalin and alcohol. Colvin feels the need to bear witness to horrific things so others don’t have to, which has negative ramifications for her personal life. While Rosamund Pike delivers an unbeatable portrayal of Colvin, the film itself fails to say anything new about addiction or the demons she battles. In the already cramped genre of alcoholic and/or chain-smoking female journalists fighting personal demons—from Sharp Objects to SpotlightA Private War doesn’t stand out from the pack.



  • Matthew Heineman


  • Rosamund Pike
  • Jamie Dornan
  • Tom Hollander
  • Stanley Tucci
  • Jérémie Laheurte
  • Hilton McRae
  • Fady Elsayed
  • Raad Rawi


  • Arash Amel
  • Marie Brenner


  • Basil Iwanyk
  • Marissa McMahon
  • Matthew George
  • Matthew Heineman
  • Charlize Theron
  • Erica Lee
  • Jonathan Fuhrman
  • Ashley Schlaifer
  • Jeffrey Sobrato
  • Joe Gelchion
  • Beth Kono
  • A.J. Dix
  • David Dinerstein
  • Jason Resnick
  • William Sadleir
  • Wayne Godfrey
  • Robert Jones
  • Jeff Rice
  • Lee Broda
  • Nicole Shipley

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