Dunkirk ★★★

A sensory experiment of sorts, the Alfonso Cuarón version of a war film, with the vastly less gifted Christopher Nolan tracking the titular battle from three angles (in a vein structurally similar to The Longest Day, though not nearly as, uh, long) but with the constant exposition of his other films nixed in favor of storytelling that's both more visceral than you'd expect and less pure and elegant than he seems to think. Your mileage will vary on this depending on how much you feel like living through the emotional depths of a futile moment of tragedy and destruction with this level of immediacy and almost poetic neatness, ripped away from extraneous context and almost anything except the bare realities of it as a human experience, is a worthy cause, but there's no doubt it's an impressive piece of film.