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Video At Home: 'The Monuments Men' starring George Clooney, Matt Damon

Matt Damon, star-director George Clooney and acting vets like John Goodman, Bill Murray, Jean Dujardin, and Cate Blanchett star in Monuments Men, out this week on DVD and your on demand box.

Men is a World War II-era movie about a group of American soldiers tasked with saving Europe's greatest artistic masterpieces from the hands of the Nazis.

It's based on a true story and similar to 1964's The Train, starring Burt Lancaster. The Monuments Men review (above) comes courtesy of The Canadian Press and their in-house film buff, John McKay.

"The critics were mixed," says McKay, in the video above. "Some thought it was too episodic. Some thought Clooney wasn't sure what kind of movie he was making, a serious war picture or one of those caper films, like Ocean's Eleven. Others thought that he was trying to make an old-fashioned propaganda film."

A documentary about Germany's and Hitler's aim to destroy some of the continent's greatest pieces of art was also made in 2006, The Rape of Europa.

"That Hitler was mad is well known. That he was mad about art, not so well," writes the late Roger Ebert, in his review of The Rape of Europa (link above). "He was in his youth an ambitious painter, and applied to an art school in Vienna, but was rejected.

"It is believed that countless priceless works languish in the shadows of private homes, discreetly kept out of sight. Work is only beginning on a central clearing-house of information."

The Monuments Men is Clooney's fifth feature directing attempt. He also helmed 2002's Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, 2005's Oscar-nominated Good Night and Good Luck, Leatherheads, and The Ides of March.

Clooney has acted in all five of the films he's directed, with substantial roles.

Video: John McKay, The Canadian Press

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