NOLAN'S DUNKIRK: AUTHENTIC AND THRILLING * * * 1/2 (out of four) Just how committed to authenticity is Christopher Nolan? Well, the writer-director’s latest film, “Dunkirk,” features no less than 12 of the original boats actually used in the evacuation nearly eight decades ago. If you’re tired of big-budget actioners with too much digital imagery, “Dunkirk” is for you. Ditto if you’re interested in World War II. And suspense. And heroism. And a flair for the intimate meshed with the epic. Nolan’s film is a dazzlingly choreographed tale of the 1940 “miracle at Dunkirk,” when 338,000 Allied soldiers were rescued from coastal France as Nazi troops closed in — while the merciless Luftwaffe raine


LOVE TRUMPS ALL * * * 1/2 (out of four) It’s 9:30 on a Friday night—prime time for movie-going fans. My wife and I are at Lycoming Mall’s Regal Cinema for “The Big Sick,” one of the best-reviewed movies of the year. There are exactly five people in the audience. For folks who wonder why so many great films never play in Williamsport, here’s a chance to put your money where your movie is by resolving to see this terrific true story about cross-cultural romance. Zoe Kazan plays Emily Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani plays himself in the tale of a Caucasian woman and a Middle Eastern man who battle their way toward commitment through several obstacles—the chief of which is Kumail’s Pakistani parents,


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