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Strength in numbers: Christopher Nolan's 'Dunkirk' re-creates dramatic 1940 rescue at sea

posted: 07/21/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

For most people, the most jarringly effective part of Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan is the film's opening salvo, which followed the initial invasion of Normandy on D-Day. It threw viewers into the tumultuous, terrifying scene that met the first envoy of soldiers as the Germans laid waste to thousands of Allied troops with an armada of machine guns before the film kicks its main story off, thankfully pulling us back from the front lines in the process. Imagine, however, a film with a similar sort of intensity as that invasion scene, only from start to finish, immersing you in the chaotic horror of a full-blown retreat without giving you a chance to collect yourself.

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Dunkirk

Review: Girls Trip

posted: 07/21/2017 1:45 a.m. Discuss

Girls Trip is a pleasantly raunchy outing that offers few surprises but plenty of guilty laughs. That's fitting for a movie about a group of college friends who reunite periodically to recall when their constitutions could handle late hours and when they could consume spirits without periodically wondering if they were properly hydrated.

COMING ATTRACTIONS

posted: 07/21/2017 1:45 a.m. Discuss

Atomic Blonde, R Charlize Theron plays an agent, imbued with equal degrees of spycraft, sensuality and savagery, on an impossible mission to Berlin to retrieve a priceless dossier. With James McAvoy, John Goodman, Eddie Marsan, Sofia Boutella, Toby Jones, Daniel Bernhardt; directed by David Leitch. July 28

Commentary: Third film critic lists best movies thus far

posted: 07/21/2017 1:45 a.m. Discuss

Now that my cohorts Piers Marchant and Philip Martin have declared what they think are the best films of the new century, it's my turn to pick up 20 movies that have stood a somewhat brief test of time.

Apes wins war with Spider-Man

posted: 07/21/2017 1:43 a.m. Discuss

LOS ANGELES -- Move over, Spidey. Last weekend's box office belongs to the apes.

Review: Maudie

posted: 07/21/2017 1:42 a.m. Discuss

Maud Lewis is a cult figure in Canada, a self-taught painter whose joyous, childlike work belie the grave circumstances of her life. Though she died in 1970, she's still one of Canada's best-known artists and her work commands impressive if not star-level prices: In May, a small piece she originally sold for $5 was discovered in a thrift store. It commanded $45,000 at auction.

Nary a Kardashian in Sex Tape

posted: 07/21/2017 1:42 a.m. Discuss

While it may sound salacious, Keith Black's Celebrity Sex Tape is actually a rather wholesome affair.

Review: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

posted: 07/21/2017 1:41 a.m. Discuss

At the age of 10, visionary French film director Luc Besson fell in love with the French-Belgian space opera comic Valerian and Laureline by writer Pierre Christin and artist Jean-Claude Mezieres. Chronicling the wild adventures of two sassy space cops, Valerian and Laureline is said to have influenced Star Wars and, of course, Besson's 1997 sci-fi classic The Fifth Element. Now, Besson's cinematic adaptation of his beloved childhood comic, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, hits theaters in all of its glorious spectacle.

Super Quiz: History: "Mac"

posted: 07/21/2017 1:40 a.m. Discuss

1. General who formally accepted the Japanese surrender (World War II)

Helpful Hints

posted: 07/21/2017 1:40 a.m. Discuss

DEAR HELOISE: I've served as chaplain on many cruises and recommend four useful hints:

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 07/21/2017 1:40 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. A better work/life balance is the aim and you'll find it this year. You are poised to create powerful and positive relationships. The next seven weeks bring an intensive study. You'll trade your work and charm for good fortune in September. Re-invest a financial bonus in November -- this one could be your legacy.

On Christianity

posted: 07/21/2017 1:40 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: With God's help I think I've truly forgiven my ex-husband for all the problems he caused us, but our four children (who are all adults now) say they'll never forgive him. How can I help them get over their bitterness and anger? Or should I even try?

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Dunkirk

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American Fable, directed by Anne Hamilton

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