Movie title: Valkyrie
A-list star: Tom Cruise
Star's accent: American
Most cringe-inducing moment: He frequently removes, cleans and reinserts his glass eye.
Take-home message: Lots of Nazis were good.
Movie title: The Reader
A-list star: Kate Winslet
Star's accent: Thick German
Most cringe-inducing moment: Cheerful montage in which the incarcerated former concentration-camp guard played by Winslet learns to read.
Take-home message: People became Nazis because they were poor and illiterate.
Movie title: Good
A-list star: Viggo Mortensen
Star's accent: Wavers between German and generic European
Most cringe-inducing moment: Mortensen's character, an SS officer, wanders around a concentration camp searching for his Jewish friend, apparently shocked by the conditions.
Take-home message: Becoming a Nazi can be just another way for an academic to get tenure.
Movie title: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
A-list star: David Thewlis (in Britain, he's an A-lister)
Star's accent: Very proper British
Most cringe-inducing moment: The child of a concentration camp commander sneaks into the camp to play with his Jewish buddy and asks, "Where's the cafÃ©?"
Take-home message: Kids will be kids
Movie title: Adam Resurrected
A-list star: Jeff Goldblum
Star's accent: Mad-professor German
Most cringe-inducing moment: Goldblum's character makes the head nurse (Ayelet Zurer) at his mental hospital pretend to be a dog before having sex with her.
Take-home message: Pretending to be a dog (and losing your family) can blow your mind.
Movie title: Spring 1941
A-list star: Joseph Fiennes
Star's accent: Generic Eastern European
Most cringe-inducing moment: Fiennes's character has sex in a stable with the Polish woman who has taken in his family.
Take-home message: The Holocaust can take the fun out of adultery.
Movie title: Defiance
A-List star: Daniel Craig
Star's accent: Earthy Eastern European
Most-cringe inducing moment: Love scene in which Craig and his girlfriend are bathed in golden light.
Take-home message: Jews did fight back.