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Dunkirk Review

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Britain's epic 1940 evacuation of Dunkirk has been dramatised on film before, but no one has taken an approach like Christopher Nolan. Not that this is a surprise, since Nolan has made a career of fiercely inventive filmmaking. But this might be his masterpiece: a relatively simple story told with creative verve, relentlessly growing intensity, emotional resonance and the weight of history.

He recounts the events on three timelines. Over the course of a week, young soldier Tommy (rising star Fionn Whitehead) finds himself on the beach at Dunkirk amid 400,000 soldiers hemmed in from behind by the Germans and looking for some way to get across the Channel to England. But every ship he finds is sunk in front of him, or under him, as German pilots drop bombs from the sky. Meanwhile over the course of one day, English yachtsman Dawson (Mark Rylance) and his sons (Tom Glynn-Carney and Barry Keoghan) head off to do what they can as part of an armada of small civilian boats. And in the sky above over the course of an hour, spitfire pilot Farrier (Tom Hardy) engages the Luftwaffe in a series of aerial battles.

Nolan skilfully edits these three time-strands together into a narrative that continually loops back on itself, showing events from different angles. It sometimes feels a bit repetitive, but that's the point, and the result is increasingly resonant as it recounts the events from three internal perspectives. In the focal roles, Whitehead, Rylance and Hardy offer distinct angles on heroism and survival. These are powerfully engaging performances that reveal men merely doing what they can in seemingly impossible situations.

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Kenneth Branagh and Aneurin Barnard at the New York premiere of 'Dunkirk' held at AMC Loews Lincoln Square - New York, United States - Tuesday 18th July 2017

Kenneth Branagh and Aneurin Barnard
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Dunkirk - Trailer and Featurette


It's 1940 and World War II is in full swing. Allied soldiers from Britain, Belgium, Canada and France at stationed at Dunkirk ready to pull France from the grip of the Germans. However, they soon discover that they are completely surrounded by enemy forces who have them so trapped that they no longer have use for tanks. Confined in the open space of the Dunkirk beaches with nowhere left to hide and definitely nowhere to run, the soldiers face almost certain death as the air strikes begin. Their only hope is to sail across the English Channel to safety, but with enemy planes showing no mercy their survival will be miraculous. But these are allied forces aren't about to surrender, no matter what happens. Their courage and determination is about to save more than 300,000 men.

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Murder On The Orient Express Trailer


It's the 1930s and a group of strangers from different walks of life board a crowded luxury train called the Orient Express in Istanbul, preparing for a long overnight journey to their destination. Among them is the world famous detective Hercule Poirot who certainly isn't expecting to be working in such circumstances, but when a passenger named Edward Ratchett is found havng been brutally murdered in his sleep on the second night, it's up to him to gather all available evidence and wheedle out all of the suspects. So who are they? He soon deduces that the potential killer could be one of eleven including Professor Gerhard Hardman, Edward Masterman the Butler, Count Andrenyi, Hector MacQueen the Assistant, Mary Debenham the Governess, Pilar Estravados the Missionary, Mrs. Hubbard the Widow, Marquez the Salesman, Hildegarde Schmidt the Maid, Doctor Arbuthnot or Princess Dragomiroff. 

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Dunkirk Trailer


In one of the biggest military disasters in British history, 400,000 soldiers found themselves stranded on the beaches of Dunkirk in France in 1940 in the midst of World War II. Their journey was about releasing the allied France from the grip of the Germans, but when they find themselves surrounded by enemy forces, with nowhere left to hide their options become limited. Determined not to surrender to the Nazis, an incredible emergency evacuation begins as bomb after bomb is dropped on the fleeing men. The Royal Air Force and British Navy vessels rush to the aid of their trapped troops, as well as boats from brave civilians, and together they manage to save over 300,000 men from the terrifying attack in Operation Dynamo. 

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Kenneth Branagh and Lindsay Brunnock at the world premiere of Alien: Covenant - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 4th May 2017

Kenneth Branagh and Lindsay Brunnock
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Kenneth Branagh and Lindsay Brunnock attending the 2016 London Evening Standard Theatre Awards held at the Old Vic Theatre - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 13th November 2016

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From 'Romeo + Juliet' To Macbeth: 11 Of The Best William Shakespeare Adaptations In Cinema History


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To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of the world's most renowned playwright William Shakespeare, we reflect on the best interpretations of his work that have ever hit the big screen. From all Kenneth Branagh's flawless performances to Baz Luhrmann's brave modern adaptation, these are simply the best moments of Shakespeare in cinema.

Henry V'Henry V' was Kenneth Branagh's directorial debut

1. Henry V (1989): Kenneth Branagh's directorial debut and a career he never looked back from since, 'Henry V' was followed by 'Much Ado About Nothing', 'Hamlet' and 'Love's Labour's Lost'. Branagh has starred in every Shakespeare film he's directed apart from 'As You Like It', and directed every Shakespearean film he's ever starred in apart from 'Othello'. 'Henry V' won Best Costume Design at the Oscars, with nominations for Best Director and Actor.

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Sir Kenneth Branagh To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award From London Critics' Circle


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Sir Kenneth Branagh has been honoured with a lifetime achievement award by Britain’s most well-established critics organisation. The London Film Critics’ Circle has announced that the impresario will be given the Dilys Powell Award for excellence in film in the new year.

54 year old Branagh, who was knighted in 2012 for his contributions to the stage and screen, will receive the award at the Circle’s annual ceremony in London on January 17th, 2016, when the recipients of other prizes for achievements in movie-making are revealed.

Kenneth BranaghSir Kenneth Branagh is to be honoured with the Dilys Powell Award for excellence in film

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Lily James' Dream Came True With 'Cinderella' Casting


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After their postmodern live-action remakes of 'Alice in Wonderland' and 'Sleeping Beauty' (as 'Maleficent'), Disney has taken a much more traditional approach to the diamond in the crown, 'Cinderella'. This includes hiring an actress who looks like a princess.

Lily James and Richard Madden in 'Cinderella'
Lily James and Richard Madden in 'Cinderella'

Best known as 'Downton Abbey''s rebellious young Lady Rose, 25-year-old English actress Lily James is still thrilled to have played such an iconic role. "The first Disney movie I saw I think was 'Snow White'. I loved all the Disney princess movies," she said. "I was completely infatuated with all of them. I had the little slippers and would parade around the house before my brothers sort of beat me up and shattered my dreams of being a princess!"

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Kenneth Branagh, Lily James and Richard Madden - Shots of a host of stars as they arrived and took to the red carpet for the UK Premiere of 'Cinderella' which was held at the Odeon Leicester Square in London, United Kingdom - Thursday 19th March 2015

Kenneth Branagh, Lily James and Richard Madden
Kenneth Branagh, Lily James and Richard Madden
Kenneth Branagh, Lily James and Richard Madden
Kenneth Branagh and Lindsay Brunnock
Kenneth Branagh and Lindsay Brunnock
Kenneth Branagh and Lindsay Brunnock

Kenneth Branagh, Lily James and Richard Madden - Shots of a host of stars as they arrived and took to the red carpet for the UK Premiere of 'Cinderella' which was held at the Odeon Leicester Square in London, United Kingdom - Thursday 19th March 2015

Kenneth Branagh, Lily James and Richard Madden
Kenneth Branagh, Lily James and Richard Madden

"Cinderella's" $70 Million Debut Is Just A Part Of The Well-Oiled Disney Machine


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Cinderella’s super successful release this weekend proves two things.

1.    People will watch almost anything, if it’s colourful, loud and features Cate Blanchett and

2.    There is still money to be made from the fairytale genre.

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'Cinderella' Has Fairytale US Debut Taking Over $70 Million At Weekend Box Office


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It looks as if Disney has cast another spell over the US box office, as the studio’s live action reimagining of Cinderella has come out on top this weekend, taking $70.1 million domestically.

Lily James CinderellaLily James as Cinderella

Directed by Kenneth Branagh, the film stars ‘Downton Abbey’ actress Lily James alongside Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter and Richard Madden. Along with charming audiences, the film has also proven a hit with the critics earning a 84% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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'Cinderella' Eyes $70 Million Opening Weekend After Taking $23 Million On Friday


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Kenneth Branagh’s live action reboot of Cinderella, starring ‘Downton Abbey’s’ Lily James looks set to rule the US box office this weekend, after taking $23 million on Friday. The film, which also stars Helena Bonham Carter and Cate Blanchett has earned positive reviews from critics and currently holds a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 84%.

Lily James CinderellaLily James as Cinderella

Cinderella will easily beat its only competition this weekend, which came from Liam Neeson action flick Run All Night, which looks on track to take just $11million, according to Variety. The film, which stars Neeson as a hit man who’s forced to betray his boss to save his son, is the actor’s weakest opening in some time, with his last outing Taken 3 having opened to $39.2 million in January.

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Kenneth Branagh

Date of birth

10th December, 1960

Occupation

Actor

Sex

Male

Height

1.77


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Kenneth Branagh Movies

Dunkirk Movie Review

Dunkirk Movie Review

Britain's epic 1940 evacuation of Dunkirk has been dramatised on film before, but no one...

Dunkirk Trailer

Dunkirk Trailer

It's 1940 and World War II is in full swing. Allied soldiers from Britain, Belgium,...

Murder On The Orient Express Trailer

Murder On The Orient Express Trailer

It's the 1930s and a group of strangers from different walks of life board a...

Dunkirk Trailer

Dunkirk Trailer

In one of the biggest military disasters in British history, 400,000 soldiers found themselves stranded...

Mindhorn Trailer

Mindhorn Trailer

In the late 80s, Richard Thorncroft (Julian Barratt) was the most famous police detective on...

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Branagh Live: Romeo & Juliet Trailer

Branagh Live: Romeo & Juliet Trailer

The story of Romeo and Juliet is one of unconditional love that shows how far...

Cinderella - Extended Trailer

Cinderella - Extended Trailer

Cinderella is an uncommonly kind young woman, overcome with the loss of her dear father....

Cinderella Trailer

Cinderella Trailer

Following her mother's death, Cinderella was faced with a lonely existence while her beloved father...

Cinderella Trailer

Cinderella Trailer

Everyone is familiar with the classic fairy tale of Cinderella. Cinderella lives a mundane life...

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Movie Review

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Movie Review

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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit  - International Trailer Trailer

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit - International Trailer Trailer

Jack Ryan is a young office worker at CIA headquarters whose life turns upside down...

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Trailer

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Trailer

Jack Ryan is a young CIA analyst who joined Intelligence hoping for a comfortable office...

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