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Christopher Nolan United States, 2017

Duncan Gray's rating of the film Dunkirk

Nolan's first great film after a decade of over-hyped messes either foregoes most of his weaknesses or turns them into strengths: the sustained mood, the absence of a main character with backstory. The chaos turns to clarity by the end, and this is truly a war movie for its moment, a gauntlet of perseverance through some very unheroic emotions. The ending is the closest Nolan has come to finding the right balance.