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The Current Debate: A "Dunkirk" Enigma

27 July 2017 9:43 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, which recounts the evacuation of more than 300,000 Allied soldiers from a beach in Northern France in May and June of 1940, finds the director working in a different register. From Julien Allen at Reverse Shot:For one thing, the events being dramatized in Dunkirk are not a leap of a storyteller's imagination, but recorded facts. Nolan's challenge is constricted by history rather than by science; and it is complicated, morally and artistically, by the need to do justice to real life events. For another, Nolan's obsession with exposition—a painful burden for his films to carry, particularly his highest concept pictures such as Inception and Interstellar—is nowhere to be seen. The story of these stranded men, sitting ducks on the barren beaches, is stripped down to a bare exercise in survival, in which the denial of exposition is demonstrative almost to the point of abstraction. The »

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Wamg Giveaway: Win A Dunkirk Poster Signed By Harry Styles, Christopher Nolan

24 July 2017 1:04 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Dunkirk is the #1 Movie in the World.

The much-anticipated new cinematic event from director Christopher Nolan, was number one at this weekend’s box office with an estimated $50.5 million in North America.

The film also soared to the top of the UK box office on its opening weekend debut, earning an estimated £9,500,000 across 637 cinemas, including £1,330,000 in IMAX venues, and still going strong.

Written and directed by Nolan, the epic action thriller Dunkirk brings the story of Operation Dynamo to the big screen as it unfolds on land, sea and air utilizing a mixture of IMAX® and 65mm film.  The film opens as hundreds of thousands of Allied troops are trapped on the beach.  Their backs to the sea, they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in.

Debuting in cinemas on July 21, the epic action thriller gives Warner Bros. Entertainment UK it’s biggest opening weekend of 2017.

Directed by Christopher Nolan (Interstellar, »

- Movie Geeks

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‘Dunkirk’ Scores Biggest Opening Of The Year In The UK

24 July 2017 3:14 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Dunkirk, the much-anticipated new cinematic event from director Christopher Nolan, soared to the top of the UK box office on its opening weekend debut, earning an estimated £9,500,000 across 637 cinemas, including £1,330,000 in IMAX venues, and is still going strong.

The announcement was made today by Josh Berger, President and Managing Director of Warner Bros. Entertainment UK, Eire and Spain.

Written and directed by Nolan, the epic action thriller Dunkirk brings the story of Operation Dynamo to the big screen as it unfolds on land, sea and air utilizing a mixture of IMAX® and 65mm film.  The film opens as hundreds of thousands of Allied troops are trapped on the beach.  Their backs to the sea, they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in.

Debuting in cinemas on July 21, the epic action thriller gives Warner Bros. Entertainment UK it’s biggest opening weekend of 2017.

Related: Read The Hollywood News’ Dunkirk review

In making the announcement, »

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Dunkirk: Its Greatness and Its Finest Moments

23 July 2017 3:20 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Samuel Brace on Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, its greatness and its finest moments…

This is what cinema looks like.

Greatness is a word that gets thrown around a lot, used and abused until it means very little at all. But Dunkirk, the WWII drama/thriller by Christopher Nolan is indeed greatness; in fact, greatness is a descriptor rather inadequate for what has been achieved here.

Dunkirk is a classic, a wonderful representation of everything cinema could and should be.

The more I think about Dunkirk, the more I’m affected by it, the more its claws dig deeper inside, the more its position on the grand hierarchy of film rockets skyward. As yet, I’ve not been lucky enough to witness its wonders on more than one occasion, I can only imagine the esteem I will hold for it after a second viewing. And this, like Nolan’s previous works, »

- Samuel Brace

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Dunkirk – Review

20 July 2017 8:21 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Sometimes when you have been through hell and back, there isn’t anything you can say to properly convey the emotions and the experience. Without saying much, Christopher Nolan tries to express the raw emotions of war by dropping the viewer into the scenario as opposed to explaining the how and the why of the situation. Because at the end of the day, the brave soldiers at the frontlines aren’t given a suitable reason or explanation to justify possible death. Their instincts kick in and they have to fight to survive.

Dunkirk is an emotional experiment forcing the viewer to connect with characters with little backstory or dialogue. In fact, the majority of the film is soldiers silently fighting towards a way out. The importance of time is crucial – so much so that the film opens with information placing how long each of the storylines takes place. Nolan and »

- Michael Haffner

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“Dunkirk” is a towering achievement from Christopher Nolan

20 July 2017 10:41 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

When it was announced that filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s next project was going to be a World War II epic, it was hard not to respond with some degree of snark that the director had finally gone all in on getting the Academy to notice him. Well, Oscar damn well might come calling this time for Nolan, since I’ve seen this film, and Dunkirk is a monumental work. In many ways it’s Nolan’s finest hour. Harrowing, impeccably made, and a must see in IMAX, it’s the best movie of 2017 so far. Awards will be coming Dunkirk’s way before all is said and done. This one not only lives up to the hype, it exceeds it. Opening Friday, it’s an absolute must see. The film is an historical war drama about the famous evacuation of Dunkirk. Allied soldiers from Belgium, the Britain, and France were »

- Joey Magidson

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‘Dunkirk’: Why Christopher Nolan’s War Epic Is a Certain Oscar Contender

18 July 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Christopher Nolan and the Oscars have a love-hate relationship. He’s been nominated for only three Oscars, two for Original Screenplay: “Memento” in 2000 and big-scale epic “Inception” in 2010. That year, he was also nominated as a producer of “Inception,” which followed the surprising omission of  “The Dark Knight” for Best Picture contention in 2009. That pushed the Academy to change its rules to allow more Best Picture slots, which might encourage more people around the world to watch the Oscars.

Read More‘Dunkirk’ Review: Christopher Nolan’s Monumental War Epic Is The Best Film He’s Ever Made

Nolan’s films have mostly cleaned up in the technical realm. Cinematographer Wally Pfister was nominated for “Batman Begins,” “The Prestige,” and “Inception,” which landed eight nominations and four wins (for Pfister, sound editing and mixing, and VFX) . The Academy voters punished sequel “The Dark Knight Rises” with no nominations at all. And »

- Anne Thompson

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‘Dunkirk’: Why Christopher Nolan’s War Epic Is a Certain Oscar Contender

18 July 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Christopher Nolan and the Oscars have a love-hate relationship. He’s been nominated for only three Oscars, two for Original Screenplay: “Memento” in 2000 and big-scale epic “Inception” in 2010. That year, he was also nominated as a producer of “Inception,” which followed the surprising omission of  “The Dark Knight” for Best Picture contention in 2009. That pushed the Academy to change its rules to allow more Best Picture slots, which might encourage more people around the world to watch the Oscars.

Read More‘Dunkirk’ Review: Christopher Nolan’s Monumental War Epic Is The Best Film He’s Ever Made

Nolan’s films have mostly cleaned up in the technical realm. Cinematographer Wally Pfister was nominated for “Batman Begins,” “The Prestige,” and “Inception,” which landed eight nominations and four wins (for Pfister, sound editing and mixing, and VFX) . The Academy voters punished sequel “The Dark Knight Rises” with no nominations at all. And »

- Anne Thompson

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'Dunkirk' Review: Christopher Nolan's WWII Epic May Be the Greatest War Film Ever

18 July 2017 6:36 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

From first frame to last, Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk is a monumental achievement, a World War II epic of staggering visual spectacle (see it in IMAX if you can) that hits you like a shot in the heart. Leave it to a filmmaking virtuoso at the peak of his powers to break both new ground and all the rules – who else would make a triumphant war film about a crushing Allied defeat? And who but Nolan, born in London to a British father and an American mother, would tackle WWII without America in it? »

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Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dunkirk’ Is the First Slam-Dunk Oscar Contender of 2017

17 July 2017 2:20 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It was shocking.

Warner Bros. had played all the right notes with “Inception.” A summer blockbuster that quickly took on a prestige sheen, Christopher Nolan’s mind-warping actioner was easily one of the year’s best films. With overwhelming critical, popular and industry approval, it was instantly set on a crash-course for a best picture Oscar nomination.

A director bid, meanwhile, seemed a foregone conclusion, particularly in the wake of Nolan’s 2008 “The Dark Knight,” which came up short in the major categories and, in part, led to the film Academy’s decision to expand the best picture field to better accommodate movies of its ilk. But “Inception” was a step above in this regard, bravura filmmaking, the kind of entertainment directors only dream of conjuring (no pun intended). Nolan was secure.

Then: the nominations. Not only was Nolan passed over for directing, but somehow, a film built on its structure and editorial prowess was ignored by »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Film Review: Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dunkirk’

17 July 2017 1:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Steven Spielberg laid claim to the Normandy beach landing, Clint Eastwood owns Iwo Jima, and now, Christopher Nolan has authored the definitive cinematic version of Dunkirk. Unlike those other battles, however, this last was not a conventional victory, but more of a salvaged retreat, as the German offensive forced a massive evacuation of English troops early in World War II. And unlike those other two directors, Nolan is only nominally interested in the human side of the story as he puts his stamp on the heroic rescue operation, offering a bravura virtual-eyewitness account from multiple perspectives — one that fragments and then craftily interweaves events as seen from land, sea and air.

Take away the film’s prismatic structure and this could be a classic war picture for the likes of Lee Marvin or John Wayne. And yet, there’s no question that the star here is Nolan himself, whose attention-grabbing approach alternates among three strands, chronological »

- Peter Debruge

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Dunkirk Vr Experience Brings You Inside the Battle

8 July 2017 9:42 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Warner Bros. Pictures, in partnership with Microsoft, Intel and Dell, has created Save Every Breath: The Dunkirk Vr Experience (Vre), which goes live today, July 7th, and is available on multiple virtual reality platforms, at DunkirkMovie.com/Vr. The pulse-pounding 360-degree short film immerses the viewer in the world of Christopher Nolan's epic action thriller "Dunkirk." Through three tightly woven sequences, the Vre offers a tantalizing taste of the much-anticipated film, in which 400,000 Allied soldiers are trapped on the beach of Dunkirk, France, with their backs to the sea as the enemy closes in. Dunkirk opens in conventional theatres and IMAX on July 21, 2017. Here's what he writer/director/producer of "Dunkirk," Christopher Nolan, said in a statement.

"In just a few taut moments, the Dunkirk Vr Experience provides a thrilling glimpse of the three main settings in our film in a uniquely subjective way."

Created by Practical Magic, the »

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Dunkirk Will Have Widest 70Mm Release In 25 Years

5 July 2017 8:42 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that tickets for 70Mm engagements of director Christopher Nolan’s upcoming epic action thriller Dunkirk will go on sale at 9:00 a.m. Edt, Wednesday, July 5, two days prior to when tickets go on sale for regular engagements of the film.

The early on-sale date will give moviegoers their first chance to purchase tickets to view the film in 70Mm, which offers unparalleled image quality and digital sound. The release of Dunkirk in 70Mm will be the widest in 25 years.

In anticipation of the 70Mm release, Christopher Nolan captured much of the film with IMAX’s extremely high-resolution 2D film cameras, which captures the world of the film with greater scope and breathtaking image quality. Audiences will feel they are a part of the race against time to rescue 400,000 British and Allied troops trapped by enemy forces on the beaches of Dunkirk in World War II. »

- Michelle Hannett

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Dunkirk Conversation With Fionn Whitehead, Harry Styles, Tom Glynn Carney And Jack Lowden

3 July 2017 2:26 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Watch this candid roundtable conversation between young stars Fionn Whitehead, Harry Styles, Tom Glynn Carney, Jack Lowden for Christopher Nolan’s epic action thriller, Dunkirk, coming to IMAX and cinemas on July 21.

In this first video interview the young stars discuss their experiences making the film and their excitement for its upcoming release all of which is introduced by director Christopher Nolan.

Warner Bros. Pictures will take audiences on a stunning journey into the action of Christopher Nolan’s upcoming film “Dunkirk” with an immersive presentation of the film’s acclaimed prologue. In advance of the film’s July 21st theatrical release, The Dunkirk Prologue Experience will give moviegoers a special preview of the epic action thriller.

dunkirkmovie.com/prologue

In honor of the 77th Anniversary of the extraordinary event that inspired the film—which began on May 26, 1940—the tour kicked off at Phoenix Comicon on May 25th, then embarked »

- Michelle Hannett

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Harry Styles And The Young Cast Of ‘Dunkirk’ Roundtable Interview

3 July 2017 1:02 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Fionn Whitehead, Harry Styles, Tom Glynn Carney and Jack Lowden have taken part in a roundtable discussion for the upcoming Christopher Nolan World War II movie Dunkirk. The highly anticipated movie finally arrives in cinemas later this month with over 90% of it shot in the larger IMAX format. The Harry Styles Dunkirk interview can be found below.

Harry Styles Dunkirk interview – plus the other stars of the upcoming film speak

In the new video interview, the young stars of the movie discuss their experiences making the film and their excitement for its upcoming release all of which is introduced by director Christopher Nolan.

Dunkirk opens as hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops are surrounded by enemy forces. Trapped on the beach with their backs to the sea they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in.

Related: Watch the new Dunkirk trailer

Dunkirk features a prestigious cast, »

- Paul Heath

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Dunkirk Experience Coming to St. Louis July 11

26 June 2017 10:01 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

When 400,000 men couldn’t get home, home came for them. Warner Bros. Pictures will take audiences on a stunning journey into the action of Christopher Nolan’s upcoming film “Dunkirk” with an immersive presentation of the film’s acclaimed prologue.  In advance of the film’s July 21st theatrical release, The Dunkirk Prologue Experience will give moviegoers a special preview of the epic action thriller.

In honor of the 77th Anniversary of the extraordinary event that inspired the film—which began on May 26, 1940—the tour kicked off at Phoenix Comicon on May 25th, then embarked on a multi-city tour through the release of the film.

Fans experience the presentation in a Cinetransformer featuring a Barco cinema projector, 15-foot screen, 87 stadium-style ButtKicker interactive seats, and 5.1 Dolby digital sound, putting audiences in the midst of one of the summer’s most anticipated films.

As a token of gratitude to those who have »

- Movie Geeks

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Spectre: the 007 film shot and released in 11 months

13 March 2017 3:11 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Mar 14, 2017

The James Bond movie Spectre was in cinemas less than 12 months after production began. Here's a taste of just what a challenge that was.

A while back for this very site, I looked at the truncated production period that saw the movie Lethal Weapon 4 start filming in January 1998, before arriving in cinemas just over six months later. Warner Bros had a hole in its schedule it urgently needed to fill, and the Lethal Weapon sequel got the green light. The end result was a baggy film, more driven by comedy than action, but a very solid hit.

See related  Lee Unkrich interview: Pixar, Toy Story 3, sequels and scary characters

Lethal Weapon 4 was, whilst a very fast production, a more contained one, shot in and around the Los Angeles area. Conversely, the more I read about 2015’s James Bond adventure, Spectre, the more I’m »

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Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dunkirk’ Will Have ‘Little Dialogue’

1 March 2017 1:25 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

In a rare interview, filmmaker Christopher Nolan has provided some juicy details about what audiences can expect when his war movie “Dunkirk” opens in July. Speaking to French magazine Premiere, Nolan explained how his film will depict the “different temporalities” soldiers faced during the conflict. “On land, some stayed one week stuck on the beach. On the water, the events lasted a maximum day; and if you were flying to Dunkirk, the British spitfires would carry an hour of fuel,” he said. The takeaway from the interview is, however, that “Dunkirk” won’t be exposition-heavy. The film’s editor Lee Smith, »

- Umberto Gonzalez

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Christopher Nolan Inspired by Robert Bresson and Silent Films for ‘Dunkirk,’ Which Has “Little Dialogue”

28 February 2017 9:55 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

We’re less than half-a-year away from Christopher Nolan‘s Dunkirk, one of our most-anticipated summer studio films (alongside Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver, of course), and one of our biggest questions is how (or if) his approach to a period epic will feel different than his recent features. Inspired by Operation Dynamo, a miracle of a mission in 1940 where nearly 340,000 Allied troops were rescued after being trapped by the Nazis in this northern area of France, more details have now arrived.

“I spent a lot of time reviewing the silent films for crowd scenes –the way extras move, evolve, how the space is staged and how the cameras capture it, the views used,” Nolan tells Premiere Magazine. The director revealed that he brushed up on silent films such as Intolerance, Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, and Greed, as well as the films of Robert Bresson (notably Pickpocket and A Man Escaped, »

- Leonard Pearce

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