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Christopher Nolan Has Always Been Headed Toward 'Dunkirk'

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[Warning: This story contains minor spoilers for Dunkirk]

“An idea is like a virus. Resilient. Highly contagious. It can grow to define or destroy you.” These words come courtesy of one of Christopher Nolan’s strongest films, his 2010 science-fiction action thriller Inception. However, those words just as accurately represent the driving element of his latest film, Dunkirk. It’s not surprising that Nolan, one of our best modern auteurs, would return to similar themes in multiple films, but Dunkirk is a true first for the Anglo-American director. As his first feature based on a true story, the iconic Dunkirk evacuation in »


- Josh Spiegel

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'Valerian' Learned a Few Tricks from the 'Star Wars' Prequels

5 hours ago

[Warning: This story contains spoilers for Valerian]

A space-age epic set in a few sprawling locales, Luc Besson’s Valerian shares many of the same successes and failures as a similarly ambitious series of movies, the Star Wars prequels. That trilogy often overreached for the sake of creative science-fiction, zipping its heroes around to multiple themed planets (a swamp planet, a fire planet, a city planet!) while nearly everything and everyone around those heroes outshone them.

Seriously, a well-timed “roger, roger” from a battle droid may be better than almost anything Anakin ever said. And unfortunately, Valerian falls into this prequels »


- Jacob Oller

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'Blade Runner 2049': Inside the Comic-Con Experience Where You Can Be a Replicant

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This year at San Diego Comic-Con, you can step into the year 2049.

The Blade Runner 2049 experience is positioned across the street from the convention center, making it just far enough from the major crowds but allowing it to still have a crowd all it's own.

On Friday morning when I stopped by, the line was already around the block, and the person checking people in said that it gets worse in the afternoon, at which point they break out white umbrellas to give to those waiting in line to protect them from the unforgiving San Diego sun. After »


- Mia Galuppo

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