2017, Warner Bros. Pictures, 106 min, Dir: Christopher Nolan

At the end of May, 1940, hundreds of thousands of British, French and Belgian soldiers found themselves surrounded by enemy forces, trapped on a beach on the northern coast of France. The unprecedented evacuation of the Allied forces has gone down in history as the “miracle of Dunkirk.” With an emphasis on powerful visuals over dialogue, this stirring WWII epic dramatizes the operation through three interwoven stories taking place on land, on sea and in the air, and never has Nolan’s talent for nonlinear narrative been put to better use. The fine ensemble cast includes Fionn Whitehead, Harry Styles, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance and Tom Hardy. A huge box office success, the acclaimed film has been nominated for eight Oscars, for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Production Design. “A tour de force of cinematic craft and technique, but one that is unambiguously in the service of a sober, sincere, profoundly moral story that closes the distance between yesterday’s fights and today’s.” - Manohla Dargis, The New York Times.

2017, Focus Features, 125 min, USA/UK, Dir: Joe Wright

Within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman) must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation. As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent, and with an unprepared public, a skeptical King, and his own party plotting against him, Churchill must withstand his darkest hour, rally a nation and attempt to change the course of world history. With Kristin Scott Thomas. “Hidden behind fake jowls and a receding hairline, Gary Oldman delivers one of the great performances of his career as Winston Churchill.” - Peter Debruge, Variety

2017, Netflix, 136 min, Cambodia/USA, Dir: Angelina Jolie

This shattering child’s-eye view of the Cambodian genocide is based on the memoir of survivor Loung Ung, who was 5 years old when Khmer Rouge forces took control of Phnom Penh in 1975. Played by newcomer Sreymoch Sareum, Loung is separated from her parents, brothers and sisters and forced to work harvesting food for the army before she is eventually turned into a child soldier herself. “An engrossing, dynamically shot movie that moves with real fluidity and complexity.” - Ben Kenigsberg, The New York Times.

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