“Dunkirk” – You can debate the story merits of most war films, but never the structure. You will either get the story straightforward or through a flashback. The quality can shift, but the structure options are few and sacrosanct. Then Christopher Nolan decided to make a war movie, and changed all that. “Dunkirk” is a film of few words and big feelings. The panic and terror and the confusion are palpable, but perhaps the best thing about the film is the way it is structured. The nonlinear storytelling emphasizes emotion. In doing so it deftly guides its audience on a harrowing journey that is felt every bit as much as it is seen or heard.
– Michael Olinger, Top 20 films of 2017, Jan. 21, 2018