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Movie Review: Dunkirk

21 July 2017 8:24 AM, PDT

“There’s no hiding from this, son,” Mr. Dawson (Mark Rylance) warns Cillian Murphy’s character after he is rescued at sea. Dawson is referring to the German forces that surround the Allies at Dunkirk, but he could be referring to what the audience is experiencing as well. There’s no hiding from Christopher Nolan’s latest masterpiece as it grips you from the first scene and doesn’t let go until the credits start to roll. If you’re looking for moments of levity or comedic relief, you won’t find any in this quick-paced 107-minute adrenaline rush of a film. Nolan is here to tell a specific story about one of the most crucial moments of World War II and he does so by putting the audience right in the middle of the action. While other war films will increase intensity by making the audience identify emotionally with characters, »

- Scott Davis

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The Preview Reel: Will Dunkirk Win the Week?

20 July 2017 7:41 AM, PDT

Welcome to this week’s “Preview Reel” column, where we look at the week’s upcoming wide release movies. With Baby Driver opening three weeks ago, followed by Spider-Man: Homecoming, War for the Planet of the Apes just last week, and Dunkirk this week, we are unquestionably in the best stretch of this summer’s wide releases. Enjoy it, because August looks bleak. This is also a rare week where we don’t have a sequel or reboot opening as we have three intriguing “new” releases: Christopher Nolan’s World War II epic Dunkirk, Luc Besson’s space adventure Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, and the R-rated comedy Girls Trip. There’s seemingly something for everybody this week.

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What we are excited about: Christopher Nolan is one of the most celebrated directors of the 21st century. With films like Memento, Inception, The Prestige, and of course the Dark Knight trilogy, »

- Scott Davis

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Box Office Weekend: Apes Best Wall Crawler to Take Box Office

16 July 2017 9:01 PM, PDT

The latest film in the Planet of the Apes series, War for the Planet of the Apes debuted in first place this weekend with an estimated $56.5 million. Though that was a bit below the $163 million Spider-Man: Homecoming brought in last week, it was still an impressive number given the competition it faced this week.

Meanwhile, the Spider-Man reboot finished in second place, dropping more than 60% to earn $45.2 million. Despicable Me 3 continued respectable business finishing in third place with $18.9 million (giving the film a three-week total of $188 million). Baby Driver fell from third to fourth place, earning $8.8 million (a bit less than the $20+ million it brought in last weekend). The Big Sick improved on its third-week total of $5.2 million by bringing in $7.6 million this weekend and climbing all the way to the fifth spot in this week’s top ten.

Wonder Woman continued to pile on the money with another »

- Mike Tyrkus

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