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Premiering this month: a searing documentary about the Vietnam War, a comedy about bureaucracy in a government department and a Japanese anime set in the Middle Ages.

Enemy at the Gates

This is a war thriller set during the Battle for Stalingrad, starring Joseph Fiennes and Jude Law. Law plays a shepherd from the Ural Mountains who is now a soldier in the Red Army, and is sent to the front lines of the battle.

There, he impresses with his marksmanship, and is sent to the sniper division, where he and commissar Danilov (Fiennes) become friends. But they also both develop a romantic interest in Tania (Rachel Weisz). Based on a nonfiction book by William Craig.

Dreamland

Titled 'Utopia' in its native Australia, this award-winning TV comedy follows the working lives of the employees of the Nation Building Authority, a newly-created government organisation that oversees major infrastructure projects.

Rob Stitch plays Tony, the boss, and also directs the series. Think 'The Thick of It' down under.

Last Days in Vietnam

Harrowing PBS documentary exploring the last days of the Vietnam War. As the North Vietnamese Army closes in on Saigon, the South Vietnamese people desperately try to escape.

US soldiers face a dilemma – should they follow orders and only evacuate American citizens, or risk treason to try and save the lives of the South Vietnamese too? Director Rory Kennedy also produced the documentaries 'Ghosts of Abu Ghraib' and 'Bobby Fischer Against the World'.

The Seven Deadly Sins

Anime series adapted from the manga comic of the same name. Set in a world similar to the European Middle Ages, it focuses on seven knights, each of who represents one of the seven deadly sins.

The group disbanded after supposedly plotting to overthrow the Liones Kingdom, but 10 years later, the king is captured, and the kingdom ruled by tyrants. Elizabeth, a princess, sets out to find the Seven Deadly Sins to see if they can help her take back control.

SlingShot

Segway creator Dean Kamen is not your average inventor. For one thing, he lives in a house filled with secret passages, and has a wardrobe full of denim.

But as this doc attests this quirky genius could just solve the world's water shortage, with his SlingShot water purification system. It's an inspirational character study, and an unerring glimpse at what genius looks like.

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