The Warlords (*****) A harrowing, emotionally involving Chinese war film by veteran director Peter Chan, The Warlords takes on the unfilmable Taiping rebellion and tames its subject by focusing on a disgraced General (the phenomenal Jet Li) who bands together with a den of thieves-turned-soldiers and teaches them to fight back and win. The only problem is what to do with that pesky absolute power once it's obtained. Chan's film feels bigger — Shakespearian, in fact — because it's kept so intimate. By the final fratricidal battle, the film's demonstrative heft is on brilliant, and enveloping display. —JS (6:30 p.m., Regal Winter Park; also 7 p.m., April 18 at Regal Winter Park)
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