Dunkirk Review

Dunkirk

Very few other filmmakers working today are as intrigued by time and its workings as Christopher Nolan, and none are as good at integrating this fascination with the sort of bombastic excitement that he so consistently delivers. With his war epic, Dunkirk, Nolan strikes the perfect balance between his typically clever treatment of time’s relationship with stories and a heart on sleeve disaster film, paying tribute to the heroes and survivors of the Miracle of Dunkirk. It’s his shortest film since his 1998 debut, Following, and his first non-sci-fi film in over a decade but no less ambitious for it, entering the canon as possibly Nolan’s best film and one of the greatest examples of the World War 2 genre.  Continue reading

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Their Finest Review

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Movies about making movies rarely connect particularly well with the general cinema-going public. Often caught up in what seem like nonsensical trivialities to most audiences, they always have a job on their hands to convince people that the stakes are actually as high as the characters might think they are. Such problems shouldn’t prove an obstacle to Their Finest, a story of filmmaking that also encompasses the Blitz spirit, full of Britain’s indomitable wartime pluck. It may not be anywhere near as wonderful as, say, Hail Caesar, this year’s best look inside the filmmaking process, but thanks to a storming third act, Their Finest goes down as a very, very pleasant trip to the cinema.  Continue reading