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On the Beach

by Ross Douthat

In this stupid time in which we live, there have been several controversies already about Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk—idiotic spats about whether its portrait of a defeated British army’s deliverance “celebrates maleness” while excluding women and minorities, and idle arguments about whether it should encourage the Resistance in their war on Trumpism or encourage alt-righters in their nostalgia for the Anglo-Saxon past.

Only one Dunkirk debate really matters, though: Is Nolan’s latest film his first true masterpiece, or another handsome, near-great effort that pleases his fans but leaves his critics unpersuaded?

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