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Dunkirk

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What's it rated? PG-13

What's it worth? Full Price

Where's it showing? Downtown Centre, Stadium 10, Park, Galaxy

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Writer-director Christopher Nolan (Memento, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Interstellar) helms this historical drama about the World War II evacuation of Dunkirk, when allied forces from Belgium, the British Empire, Canada, and France were surrounded by the German army between May 26 to June 4, 1940. Civilians in fishing, merchant marine, and pleasure boats valiantly came to their rescue.

Nolan wastes no time dropping you into the action. There's no dialogue, just some boys trying to find their way to the rear of the combat theater. Then shots ring out and they're scrambling. The camera follows one in particular, Tommy (Fionn Whitehead), who eventually finds the beach where other Brits and Frenchmen are awaiting evacuation.

Later we cut to Mr. Dawson (Mark Rylance) as he prepares his pleasure craft to travel to Dunkirk as part of the civilian evacuation flotilla, accompanied by his son Peter (Tom Glynn-Carney) and local 17-year-old boy George (Barry Keoghan). They're part of the extraordinary effort of civilians that helped evacuate some of the 300,000 soldiers saved from Dunkirk.

Finally we're in the cockpit with Farrier (Tom Hardy), who with two other pilots is tasked with flying to Dunkirk to help the evacuating soldiers with air support, dog fighting with enemy aircraft trying to bomb and strafe fleeing boats.

Throughout the film, we revisit these three situations—land, sea, and air—each telling their small, personal stories in service to the whole, like individual pieces of a mosaic that comprise a masterpiece. It's frightening and terrible to behold. (106 min.)

—Glen Starkey


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