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With films like Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty,” Spike Jonze’s “Her” and David O. Russell’s “American Hustle,” producer and Hollywood patron Megan Ellison has navigated the Oscar circuit with aplomb. She would no doubt like to come out swinging with a sure-fire contender in her first distribution event under the Annapurna banner. Does she have one in Bigelow’s latest film, “Detroit?”
Let’s begin by making one thing abundantly clear: Regarding this and any future assessment of a film’s prospects with the motion picture Academy, it’s worth keeping in mind that around 20 percent of the group has joined in just the last four years, thanks to an ongoing inflation of annual new membership invites. It’s quite alright to say “I don’t know what an Oscar movie is anymore,” though few who trade in this work will have the guts to do so. Sureness »
- Kristopher Tapley
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.
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, »
- Paul Heath
Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk will prove to be the winner of the weekend at the box office by quite a large gait, bringing in $50.5 million at the domestic market, according to estimates. And as I said yesterday, it's a win tied almost exclusively to the name recognition of Mr. Nolan, who has a bit of a history of bringing audiences in for movies they might otherwise skip like the faux-cerebral head-trip known as Inception. With the exception of marquee names Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg, and Terrence Malick, very few directors have been capable of getting … »
- Chris Cabin
Over the past twenty years, Christopher Nolan has amassed a body of work so impressive that a new film by him is now an event in the cinematic calendar. But it’s not just the great performances or the jaw-dropping set pieces in his films that have won him such acclaim and respect in the industry – it’s his philosophy when it comes to making and marketing movies. In this article, I will suggest some of the reasons why I believe Christopher Nolan is a cut above most other blockbuster directors…
- Amie Cranswick
Thoughts on, and a place to discuss, the plot points we can’t reveal in our review.
Here is an interesting fact: Dunkirk is the first Christopher Nolan movie in which the fragmented, loopy storytelling doesn’t have some kind of subjective explanation, like a fading memory (Memento) or a mind-warping sci-fi technology (Inception). Oddly, that means it’s used to exclusively subjective effect: to squeeze or stretch a sequence of events to show how different perspectives on one crisis create impressions of urgency and time. The other interesting thing is that the three-piece narrative’s only real twist—namely, the fact that the mute infantryman in the Spielbergian “The Mole” section is actually a French soldier who yoinked a British uniform off a corpse—is unrelated to the structure, and is played totally straight.
Speaking of distended time: the languorous ending stretch might be the closest that Dunkirk has »
- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
22 July 2017 8:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
[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
Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk arrives this weekend and it's arriving to predictably good reviews. His poorest reviewed film on Rotten Tomatoes is Interstellar at 71%. He has four films (including Dunkirk, so far) reviewed in the 90s. As a director, his movies have grossed more than $4 billion, making Nolan one of the most successful filmmakers of all time. His films are master classes in storytelling, and this is all the more impressive when one considers that, for the most part, he's making all of his films about the same thing.
Christopher Nolan is perhaps the purest of storytellers. All of his movies, over and over again, are stories about storytelling itself. Perhaps this arose when he was yet a boy, at an age somewhere between nine and twelve, when he decided that he wanted to make movies professionally. Perhaps this decision at such a young age is the reason that he »
- Brian Jasper
“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
Now that “Dunkirk” is out, so is its soundtrack. Hans Zimmer’s sixth collaboration with Christopher Nolan doesn’t come with a giant red button, but it does have the intensity of a ticking time bomb to match the film’s World War II drama. Listen to the soundtrack on Spotify here.
“The Mole” (5:35) “We Need Our Army Back” (6:28) “Shivering Soldier” (2:52) “Supermarine” (8:03) “The Tide” (3:48) “Regimental Brothers” (5:04) “Impulse” (2:36) “Home” (6:02) “The Oil” (6:10) “Variation 15 (Dunkirk)” (5:51) “End Titles (Dunkirk)” (7:12)
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- Michael Nordine
Written and Directed by Christopher Nolan.
Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.
The evacuation of Dunkirk is one of the most momentous events in history, let alone World War II. The way director Christopher Nolan treats the subject matter is with incredible respect, never glorifying the situation with lots of violence or explosions. Rather, he lets the intensity of the film build and speak for itself, immersing the audience in the tension throughout the film.
Right from the very first frame, Dunkirk doesn’t let go of the tension. Instead of having a load of exposition, it places the audience right in the middle »
- Ricky Church
Does Dunkirk’s claustrophobic intensity earn it a place in the pantheon of war movies? Should we read it as a Brexit allegory? And how did the boyband singer turned actor do?
This article contains spoilers
It has been hailed by Guardian critics as Christopher Nolan’s best film so far and the movie that sees the director of Inception and The Dark Knight finally live up to the comparisons with Stanley Kubrick. Indeed, Dunkirk currently boasts a rating of 94% “fresh” on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, suggesting genuine Oscar potential.
But does it really rank as one of the all-time great war movies? And what did you think of Harry Styles’ acting? Here’s a chance to give your verdict on the film’s key talking points.
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- Ben Child
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
Esteemed director Christopher Nolan thinks Tom Hardy is a perfect fit to play James Bond. Nolan discussed his three-time hire, in films “The Dark Knight Rises,” “Inception” and the WWII epic “Dunkirk,” which Warner Bros. will open on Friday. “He’d be amazing,” said Nolan of Hardy in the role last played by Daniel Craig. “He really would.” Also Read: Tom Hardy, Why Must You Cover Your Beautiful Face? The filmmaker was grilled over the prospect of inheriting the spy franchise from Sam Mendes by podcast host Josh Horowitz, on his show “Happy Sad Confused.” Nolan has long been courted for the gig, »
- Matt Donnelly
This weekend audiences will flock to the theaters to see yet another Christopher Nolan blockbuster. The prolific director, who is best known for The Dark Knight trilogy but also brought the world Inception and Interstellar, among others, is back—this time with an epic war movie. It seems like it's scientifically impossible for Nolan to make a boring movie and Dunkirk, with its gripping war scenes, is no exception. As viewers sit through the two-hour-long drama there's a good chance they'll feel the same symptoms they have with past Nolan films: A quickened heartbeat, slight claustrophobia at times and a healthy dose of overwhelming emotion. Dunkirk portrays one »
Saturday a.m. Update: With an estimated $19.8 million, Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk is heading toward an opening weekend right around $50 million to $52 million. It's a great start for the WWII feature, especially given the holds Nolan's films have shown in recent history as well as the critical response and now the "A-" CinemaScore from opening day audiences, a notch above the "B+" audiences gave Interstellar. Additionally, Dunkirk has now been released in 46 international markets where it has so far grossed $21.2 million after releasing earlier this week in a handful of territories. We'll have more on the overall international performance with tomorrow morning's report. In second is Universal's release of Girls Trip, which is scorching the weekend, delivering an estimated $11.68 million on Friday, heading toward a $29+ million opening. The film should also show long legs looking ahead after receiving a rare "A+" CinemaScore from opening day audiences. Finally, Stx's release of EuropaCorp's »
- Brad Brevet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Plot: The evacuation of Dunkirk, from the perspective of the soldiers stranded on the beach, to the civilian fleet that evacuated them, and the Raf pilots in the air that tried to protect them. Review: Dunkirk may be Christopher Nolan’s most fully realized film to date, and that’s saying something. The Dark Knight trilogy, Memento, The Prestige, Inception and Interstellar are all brilliant... Read More »
- Chris Bumbray
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.
- Scott Davis
With Ryan Reynolds starring in The Hitman's Bodyguard, we have the perfect excuse to countdown our favourite Canadian actors. Reynolds stars alongside Samuel L. Jackson as the world's top bodyguard who must protect an assassin who must testify at the International Court of Justice. We're excited for this interesting pairing of two actors we love.
Check out our list of our favourite Canadian actors below!
Ryan Reynolds is another great Canadian actor who has become a household name around the world. Most would know him fromthe recent hit Deadpool. His role as the fast-talking antihero was well-received by critics and audiences alike. He can also be found starring in romantic comedies such as Definitely, Maybe and Just Friends. This B. »
- Zachary Dent
“Dunkirk” is ready for battle against a duo of 28th century special operatives, and a gaggle of wild women on a weekend getaway.
During a rare summer weekend that brings three non-sequel, non-franchise (at least … not yet) movies to theaters, Christopher Nolan’s latest looks to end up on top. The latest estimates put “Dunkirk” between $30 million and $35 million during its opening weekend. Those aren’t numbers that warrant a standing ovation — especially for a production with a speculated $150 million budget — but Warner Bros. is playing the long game.
Critics have come out in force for the World War II movie, earning it a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes, and starting the awards season conversation early. After all, July is not a typical Oscar-bait date, but this weekend is the same one when Nolan released his biggest hits (“The Dark Knight” in 2008, “Inception” in 2010, and “The Dark Knight Rises” in 2012). It’s also almost 20 years after another World War »
- Seth Kelley
Variety‘s awards editor Kristopher Tapley called the director’s latest “the first slam-dunk Oscar contender of 2017”; chief film critic Peter Debruge praised it as “a bravura virtual-eyewitness account from multiple perspectives — one that fragments and then craftily interweaves events as seen from land, sea and air.”
But Nolan has a long line of lauded films that came before “Dunkirk,” going back to 1998’s “Following.” A couple of years later came “Memento,” cementing a base of loyal fans who turn out to the box office to solve his cinematic puzzles.
‘Dunkirk’ Reviews: What the Critics Are Saying
The director also made his mark in the comic book genre, introducing Christian Bale’s Batman in “Batman Begins” and following it up with the massively popular “The Dark Knight,” which won Heath Ledger a posthumous Oscar for his portrayal of the Joker. He »
- Variety Staff
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