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Here’s how to catch Christopher Nolan’s greatest hits back on the big screen, where they belong

Christopher Nolan is one of the unifying forces in cinema, balancing auteurist directorial tendencies (a fancy way of saying he’s a control freak) with big budget action spectaculars. Critics love him, audiences love him, even highfalutin cinephiles love him.

With his newest film, Tenet, coming soon, we’re re-showing a crop of his biggest and best classics on the big screen, so whether you’re an existing fan or a future one, note these down. You won’t want to miss them.

Inception

It’s a cinematic classic because... it’s dark, it’s clever, it spawned a thousand memes.
Even if you haven’t seen it you’ll know: that it has something to do with a spinning top. And folding buildings. Plus you’ll have heard Hans Zimmer’s clanking great score.
The clincher: It’s celebrating its 10th anniversary so it’d be rude not to see it really.

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Interstellar

It’s a cinematic classic because... it shows a vision of space travel that was simply inconceivable before Nolan gave it a go.
Even if you haven’t seen it you’ll know: that this is one extremely good looking film, phwoar.
The clincher: It’s the closest thing you’re going to get to going into actual space, unless you have several million pounds handy.

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Dunkirk

It’s a cinematic classic because: it’s a war film that really shows the horrors of war - because it runs in real-time (complete with tick-tock heartbeat that’ll have you chewing your nails down to the wick), you can’t help but identify with the characters.
Even if you haven’t seen it you’ll know: that Harry Styles is in it.
The clincher: Harry Styles is in it!

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Batman Begins

It’s a cinematic classic because: it properly delved into the Bat’s tragic and sometimes mystical beginnings for the first time.
Even if you haven’t seen it you’ll know: that Christian Bale makes a surprisingly convincing playboy millionaire turned bat-eared vigilante.
The clincher: The Batman is coming in 2021 so do your homework now.

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The Dark Knight

It’s a cinematic classic because: Heath Ledger’s performance as Joker was transformative and incredible, and won him a posthumous Oscar. Plus! So quotable!
Even if you haven’t seen it you’ll know: “He’s the hero we deserve... but not the one we need right now” and “Why! So! Serious!”
The clincher: Joaquin Phoenix won the 2020 Best Actor Oscar for Joker so now’s the perfect time to revisit Heath’s Oscar-winning version.

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The Dark Knight Rises

It’s a cinematic classic because: it wrapped up Nolan’s Batman trilogy cleverly while leaving the door open for more.
Even if you haven’t seen it, you’ll know: that it’s quiiiite tricky to understand the big bad baddie Bane, at times.
The clincher: Missing The Dark Knight Rises on the big screen is like reading a book and abandoning it before the last chapter.

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Tenet

It’s a cinematic classic because: well, it isn’t yet, but we’re pretty excited to find out why it’s a classic once it comes out
Even if you haven’t seen it, you’ll know: next to nothing! The whole thing, including the plot, has been kept under wraps. Even R-Patz says he doesn’t really know much about it.
The clincher: it’s Christopher Nolan. Need we say more?

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