Philip Martin

Columnist: Philip Martin

Jennifer Christman

Weekend Editor, Columnist: Jennifer Christman

Tommy (Fionn Whitehead, foreground, looking up) is a 19-year-old English private trying to escape the German forces and make it home in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk.


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As Bad Ape, Zahn went truly bananas

With War for the Planet of the Apes, Steve Zahn has landed the biggest part in the biggest film of his career. There's only one caveat: He doesn't actually appear on screen because he's playing a chimpanzee.


Beatriz at Dinner


Dunkirk, PG-13 Germany's advance into France in May 1940 trapped 330,000 French, British, Belgian and Dutch soldiers on the beaches of Dunkirk, initiating a rescue-and-evacuation mission that used every serviceable naval and civilian vessel available. With Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, James D'Arcy, Mark Rylance, Harry Styles, Jack Lowden, Aneurin Barnard; directed by Christopher Nolan. July 21

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Home Movies

Norman, directed by Joseph Cedar

The Big Sick

The Big Sick is supposed to be the (almost) true story of actor-comic Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley) and writer-producer Emily V. Gordon's relationship. Thankfully, it's also a charming, warm and frequently funny movie regardless of whether it would past muster with the myth-busting online Snopes.com crew.

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Spider-Man snares No. 1 spot

LOS ANGELES -- Audiences found themselves caught in Spidey's web at lastweekend's box office.

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Q & A: Sick couple click on, off screen

It helps tremendously that Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, the real life married couple who wrote The Big Sick loosely based on their courtship experience, are so undeniably adorable together.

Beatriz at Dinner

Salma Hayek offers a performance rich in stillness, tenderness and dignity in Beatriz at Dinner, a laudably well-intentioned but way too on-the-nose comedy-drama.

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Wish Upon

The most interesting character in Wish Upon isn't one of the people who winds up dying in a predictable manner. It's the Chinese-made box that grants its owner seven wishes while taking others' lives in the process. It even opens up and plays music as the unfortunate meets his or her grisly end.

One scene in Spider-Man steals the show

Editor's note: Major spoilers ahead.

Super Quiz: Nursery rhymes

1. Who picked pickled peppers?

Helpful Hints

DEAR HELOISE: I have artificial flowers that have gotten a bit dusty over time, and I want to clean them rather than replace them. They were expensive, and the colors perfectly match my home, so how do I clean them?

Horoscopes by Holiday

Happy birthday. You're the ringleader of this circus with an extraordinary instinct for coming up with what's next in the grand show. Since you see the big picture with clarity, tend to broad lines and let someone else do the detail work. You'll be adored more than ever in 2018. Just soak it up. Invest and hold on in September.

On Christianity

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: How much do you have to believe about God in order to get into Heaven? I'm getting older, and I don't want God to slam Heaven's door on me when I die.

NW Previews

The Big Sick