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Tenet

  • 2020
  • UK / Canada / US
  • 2h 30min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Christopher Nolan
  • Cast: Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Himesh Patel, Michael Caine, Kenneth Branagh
  • UK release: 26 August 2020

Dunkirk

  • 4 stars
  • 2017
  • 1h 46min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Christopher Nolan
  • Written by: Christopher Nolan
  • Cast: Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Cillian Murphy, Harry Styles

Survival story set during the battle of Dunkirk in WWII. The younger cast members acquit themselves admirably, including pop star Harry Styles; and, in its uncomfortable depiction of frightened men looking to save their own skin, this is far from straightforwardly patriotic fare. As he delivers non-stop visual audacity…

Interstellar

  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US / UK
  • 2h 49min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Christopher Nolan
  • Cast: Jessica Chastain, Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway
  • UK release: 7 November 2014

Cooper (McConaughey) is a pilot-turned-farmer who's recruited for an intergalactic mission to find humanity a new home. Despite awe and nail-biting tension, there's too much clunky exposition and cinematic clichés, and although Nolan's intentions to make a singular and cerebral film are admirable, it all gets a bit silly.

The Dark Knight Rises

  • 5 stars
  • 2012
  • US
  • 2h 44min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Christopher Nolan
  • Cast: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway
  • UK release: 20 July 2012

Eight years after The Dark Knight, Batman (Bale) is in exile, wanted for the death of an attorney. But when jewel thief Selina Kyle (Hathaway) draws him back to Gotham City he is held to ransom by masked terrorist Bane (Hardy). Emotional, epic and set to be the blockbuster of the year.

Inception

  • 4 stars
  • 2010
  • US
  • 2h 27min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Christopher Nolan
  • Written by: Christopher Nolan
  • Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Dileep Rao, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, Michael Caine

DiCaprio stars as Don Cobb, a thief who is the master of the art of extraction, stealing secrets from the minds of the unconscious. The business is risky and has resulted the loss of everything he once held dear. Now he is being offered a chance of redemption, but at a cost, and up against a dangerous enemy that only Cobb…

The Dark Knight

  • 4 stars
  • 2008
  • US
  • 2h 32min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Christopher Nolan
  • Cast: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Morgan Freeman

Nolan's revamp of the superhero franchise reaches its apotheosis with this sequel to Batman Begins, a supremely well-imagined, perfectly executed film that combines blockbuster spectacle with indie cinema cool and smarts. Psychotic, chaos-loving clown The Joker (Ledger) is introduced as the dark knight's ultimate nemesis…

The Prestige

  • 4 stars
  • 2006
  • US / UK
  • 2h 10min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Christopher Nolan
  • Cast: Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, Piper Perabo, Andy Serkis, Rebecca Hall

The 'Memento' director adapts Christopher Priest's novel of rival stage magicians in turn-of-the-last-century London. The non-linear chronology interweaves the three stories of Rupert Angier (Jackman) and Alfred Borden's (Bale) magic tuition, Angier's journey to meet a mad scientist (Bowie), and Borden awaiting the…

The Illusionist

  • 3 stars
  • 2006
  • Czech Republic / US
  • 1h 49min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Neil Burger
  • Written by: Steven Millhauser, Neil Burger
  • Cast: Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti, Jessica Biel, Rufus Sewell, Eddie Marsan, Eleanor Tomlinson

The second film in as many months about magic in early 20th century Europe, The Illusionist is odder and more romantic than Christopher Nolan's superior The Prestige, telling an old fashioned story of a master magician Eisenheim's (Norton) attempts to beat the violence and corruption of the age he lives in.

The Dark Knight Trilogy

  • 2005 / 2008 / 2012
  • US
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Christopher Nolan
  • Cast: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Cillian Murphy

Indulge in Nolan's complete Batman trilogy: Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and Dark Knight Rises.

Batman Begins

  • 2005
  • US
  • 2h 19min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Christopher Nolan
  • Cast: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Katie Holmes, Gary Oldman, Cillian Murphy, Morgan Freeman

Deeply flawed but satisfyingly dark and realistic adaptation of both Bob Kane's original strips and Frank Miller's Batman: Year One. David Blade Goyer's script is pretty awful but this is also a fairly substandard piece of work from Nolan as well. 'Batman Begins' does, however, need to be applauded for partly revitalising…

Ghajini

  • 2005
  • India
  • 3h 1min
  • 18
  • Directed by: A R Murugadoss
  • Written by: A R Murugadoss
  • Cast: Suriya, Asin, Nayantara, Pradeep Rawat

Romantic action thriller about a businessman who suffers from anterograde amnesia inspired by Christopher Nolan's 200 film 'Memento'. Ghajini is a Hindi remake of a 2005 Tamil film of the same name by the same director.

Insomnia

  • 2002
  • US
  • 1h 58min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Christopher Nolan
  • Cast: Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank

Pacino battles the endless summer days of the Arctic North as he tries to solve the murder of a local teen. Meanwhile, Williams puts on his 'serious actor' hat.

Memento

  • 2000
  • US
  • 1h 56min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Christopher Nolan
  • Cast: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano

Beginning where most other films would end with an act of vengeance, writer-director Nolan tells his story by gradually working backwards in time. Leonard Shelby (Pearce) is obsessed with avenging his wife's rape and murder. Trouble is Leonard suffers from a condition of short-term memory loss, and so he relies on an…

Following

  • 1998
  • UK
  • 1h 10min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Christopher Nolan
  • Cast: Jeremy Theobald, Alex Haw, Lucy Russell, John Nolan

A young man who follows strangers around the streets of London is drawn into a criminal underworld. Christopher Nolan's debut film was designed to be inexpensive to make.

Ten things we know about Interstellar

31 Oct 2014

'No green screen. They were chucking dust in my face every day.'

Mind-bogglingly ambitious, Interstellar looks set to be Christopher Nolan’s craziest film yet. Karen Krizanovich discovers what inspires The Dark Knight and Inception director to go bigger every time, and what key Interstellar cast members – Matthew…

Interstellar

3 Nov 20143 stars

Christopher Nolan's space odyssey is an admirable and adventurous folly

A film of soaring ambition and spectacular flaws, Interstellar is the ninth feature from movie messiah Christopher Nolan. His latest wields a Spielbergian sense of wonder, plunging us into a dystopian near-future; taking us through space and time on a…

The Dark Knight Rises

16 Jul 20125 stars

Christopher Nolan’s epic conclusion to his Batman trilogy is set to be the blockbuster of the year

If, as was rumoured, Christopher Nolan was initially reluctant to make a third Batman film, you wouldn’t know it from The Dark Knight Rises. Drawing from plotlines from both Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, it feels like it was always meant to be a…

Inception

28 Jul 20104 stars

Nolan delivers near flawless mind-bender

(12A) 147min. Christopher Nolan adds yet another mind-bending movie to his canon, following the amnesiac flashbacks of Memento and Insomnia's sleep-deprived trippyness. This time round it's dreams he wishes to explore: Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is…

Dunkirk

18 Jul 20174 stars

Christopher Nolan's take on the titular evacuation is incomparably immersive

Although he infused Gotham City with a good deal of grit, Dunkirk represents Christopher Nolan's first foray into true-life territory as he restages the epic evacuation that began in May 1940 and which altered the course of World War II. Framed as a…

Batman v Superman: the movie smackdown

23 Mar 2016

Two heroes (and 13 films) collide – who wins? We decide!

This Friday sees the release of Zack Snyder's long-awaited clash between the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. While it's unclear whether Bruce Wayne or Clark Kent will emerge victorious, we've decided to take a…

The Dark Knight

31 Jul 20084 stars

SUPERHERO/THRILLER (12A) 152min British filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s revamp of the superhero franchise reaches its apotheosis with this sequel to Batman Begins, a well-imagined, perfectly executed film that combines blockbuster spectacle with indie…

Batman in film: The changing face of an ever-evolving franchise

18 Jul 2012

The journey from camp 60s TV to darker 21st century incarnation

As Batman returns, once again, to the cinema, Hannah McGill looks back at a changing franchise that has evolved from camp 60s television to a darker 21st century incarnation

New pics from Man of Steel

4 Jun 2013

The new Superman images feature Henry Cavill, Kevin Costner, Michael Shannon and Amy Adams in action

The drip feed of info from the much-hyped Man of Steel is accelerating as the film nears its release date (Fri 14 Jun). Today's instalment of supernews brings with it 13 new pics from the film, including shots of all the principal cast in…

Inception

7 Jul 2010

(12A) 146min Christopher Nolan’s brain power sci-fi starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Review to follow. General release from Fri 16 Jul.

Man of Steel

12 Jun 20133 stars

Decent performances and safe direction results in a Superman flick that flies but never soars

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it's another take on Superman, swooping into cinemas just seven-years after Bryan Singer's sluggish version, which in turn heavily referenced its 1978 predecessor. With Man of Steel, director Zack Snyder attempts to…