dunkirk review round up

Dunkirk seemed like a strange choice for Christopher Nolan‘s next feature, since he’s a director known for his abstract sci-fi features and clever plot twists. Box office predictors and audiences didn’t know what to make of the war epic about a relatively obscure (to American audiences) World War II evacuation, with some estimating that it would be his lowest-grossing movie in years.

But if the reviews are anything to go by, Dunkirk may be Nolan’s most stunning achievement yet. Dunkirk is being met by some of the most enthusiastic praise of Nolan’s career — and indeed, many critics are calling it the filmmaker’s best movie so far.

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the darkest hour

Gary Oldman has never been the kind of actor to go hunting for an Oscar, but Darkest Hour feels like the kind of movie that could thrust the always-brilliant actor into the awards spotlight in a big way. Vanishing under a pile of prosthetics to play Winston Churchill, the Prime Minister of Great Britain who led his nation into and through World War II, Oldman seems to be attempting a role unlike anything he has tried before.

We get our first taste of his performance in the first Darkest Hour trailer, which has just arrived.

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Dunkirk IMAX Featurette - Christopher Nolan

Next week brings Christopher Nolan‘s latest film to theaters in the form of Dunkirk, and you have a wide variety of formats in which you’ll be able to see it. But easily the best way to see the movie will be on the largest IMAX screen possible, because the director shot the film with IMAX large format film cameras, creating a massive, rich image that Nolan describes as something akin to virtual reality without the goggles. If that’s not enough to sell you on the movie, watch the Dunkirk IMAX featurette below for more convincing. Read More »

dunkirk reviews

The press junket for Christopher Nolan‘s new film Dunkirk happened over the weekend, and the social media reactions have begun to be revealed on Twitter. What did the first critics to see Nolan’s war movie think? Hit the jump to read the first Dunkirk reviews/reactions.

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Why ‘Dunkirk’ is Under Two Hours

Dunkirk Run Time

Once, movie run times that stretched more than two hours were only reserved for Biblical epics or adaptations of Russian novels — and occasionally, a musical starring Julie Andrews. But those were anomalies, and even featured short intermissions for audiences to take a break at the theater or change the VHS tape. But nowadays, blockbuster run times are becoming so bloated that audiences barely blink an eye when a Transformers movie is over three hours long.

Some of the blame can be laid on Christopher Nolan, whose epic Dark Knight films were on the vanguard of increasingly dense superhero and action films. For Nolan’s films, they made sense — his intellectual blockbusters required plenty of information and plot twists. But now Nolan returns to the movie scene packed with franchise films that have an average run time of more than two hours with one of his shortest films yet.

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Dunkirk score

Christopher Nolan‘s highly-anticipated Dunkirk apparently isn’t a war movie, but it shares at least one thing in common with Matt Reeves‘ War For the Planet of the Apes: they both have songs from their soundtracks available to listen to right now.
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dunkirk box office tracking

Box office tracking for Christopher Nolan‘s World War II movie Dunkirk suggests an opening weekend in the $30 to $40 million range. This would make it Nolan’s lowest opening for a wide release since 2006.

It is important to note however, that these are early estimates, with the film not slated to open in theaters for another two weeks, so numbers are bound to change up until its release.

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Dunkirk 70mm Locations

Hot on the heels of a new trailer for Dunkirk touting the availability of tickets for 70mm screenings of the World War II drama from director Christopher Nolan, we have the full list of theaters where you’ll be able to catch the movie in the giant format.

For those of you who don’t know why it will be worth it to seek out Dunkirk on 70mm, a format guide explains how much more of the image you’ll be seeing from the large format camera that Christopher Nolan used to shoot the film.

Get the full list of Dunkirk 70mm locations below. Read More »

Dunkirk Trailer

With all the chatter about summer blockbusters this year, it seems like everyone needs a reminder that Christopher Nolan has a new movie coming out this summer. It’s not a comic book sequel or even a heady sci-fi flick, but rather a World War II drama with an impressive ensemble cast.

Dunkirk is based on the true story of a rescue operation where thousands of British and Allied troops found themselves trapped on a beach, pushed into a corner by the enemy, leaving citizens to help them survive and escape. A new trailer has just arrived, pushing the intensity of the war, as well as the special 70mm engagements that viewers will be able to catch when the film hits theaters later this month. Read More »

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Thank You for Your Service Trailer

Adding another entry to the subgenre of war films that follows the life of a solider after dealing with the trauma of war we have Thank You for Your Service, marking the directorial debut of American Sniper screenwriter Jason Hall, who also adapts the David Finkel’s non-fiction book of the same name that inspired it.

Thank You for Your Service follows Miles Teller as a US soldier who returns home after a tour in Iraq and attempts to get back in the rhythm of civilian life. As you might expect, Teller doesn’t find it easy to adapt to a world where people aren’t trying to kill him, and it makes for some intense drama.

Watch the Thank You for Your Service trailer after the jump. Read More »