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Dunkirk: The Story Behind the Story

July 19th, 2017
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Dunkirk: The Story Behind the Story

Opens July 21. Movie Times for Dunkirk Here.

The “Miracle of Dunkirk” was the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force from France in early World War II. Hundreds of thousands of Belgian, British, and French troops were trapped between German forces and experts at the time predicted that only 45,000 would be saved. The operation began May 26, 1940 as Germans closed in on France.

 

Dunkirk was a horrendous display of the tragedies of war. The allied troops were like sitting ducks on the beaches of France as Germans dropped bombs upon bombs on the coast of France. In an article in Time Magazine that originally reported the incident in 1940 explained that “day and night the sea air was filled with screaming gulls and bats of death.” These tragic circumstances not only effected the soldiers, but also the citizens of Dunkirk, “as thousands of refugees fled for their lives to escape the fallout of battle.”

 

Approximately, 338,000 allied soldiers were rescued on small civilian ferries from the small seaport town of Dunkirk in just 8 days. The evacuation has been referred to as one of the greatest turning points in World War II as only 45,000 were expected to be saved.

 

Tragically, thousands and thousands of troops were left behind and taken prisoner by advancing Germans. In Winston Churchill’s famous speech, he explained that "this unprecedented German achievement constitutes simultaneously the greatest military defeat that any military forces ever suffered” -  the true paradox of war. The troops that were saved “would play a crucial role in future resistance of Nazi Germany” and became the spirit of battle in World War II.

 

Christopher Nolan, renowned director of The Dark Knight, brings this tragic story to the big screen with a powerful retelling of the horrors of war. Considered a psychological thriller, Dunkirk is a shattering spectacle of the chaotic evacuation of allied forces from France. There is supposedly no mention of Nazi forces in the movie as to express a holistic and universal portrayal of the horrors of war.

 

Dunkirk has been described by one of the best movies of the year, earning a whopping 98% on Rotten Tomatoes. You don’t want to miss this. Check out movie times for Dunkirk at Stars and Stripes Drive-In Movie Theatre here

Meet the Cars of Pixar’s Cars 3

June 12th, 2017
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Cars came racing into theaters in 2006 and over 10 years later, the franchise is back with a highly anticipated third movie.

We are excited to see how Pixar executes its ability to craft brilliant car puns and lovable characters. So, with its big debut approaching (June 16th), who can we expect to see in the newest Cars movie?

Lightening McQueen

Lightning McQueen

Older and wearier, the legendary Lightening McQueen is trying hard to keep up with an ever-changing sport. With a new generation of racers taking over the track, McQueen is driven out of his career and forced to find a way to get back in the game. To the dismay of a young technician named Cruz, McQueen is assigned an operator to help the struggling driver.

Cruz Ramirez

Cruz Ramirez

Thus, enters Cruz Rameriez. To hel McQueen get back into shape, Cruz makes her Cars debut. Energetic and spunky, Cruz is tasked with helping the washed up star and “the friction and eventual mutual understanding between the characters provides the film’s emotional centerpiece.”

Jackson Storm

Jackson Storm

With a new movie comes a new antagonist. Jackson Storm steals this show with his innate talent and is the quintessential sports star – cocky, gifted, and justifiably resented. Storm works as McQueen’s rival throughout the movie.

Sterling

Sterling

A new boss is in town and it might not be a good thing. Sterling is McQueen’s new boss. What are his motives? Are his desires at odds with McQueen’s? Only time will tell.

Tow Mater

Tow Mater

It wouldn’t be a Cars movie without Mater. Although he is not a prominent character in the movie, he still plays an integral role in the movie’s personality and staple catch phrases.

Sally Carrera

Sally Carrera

You can expect to see McQueen’s 996-generation Porche girlfriend. Not only will she play a bigger role than she did in Cars 2, but will play a more prominent role in McQueen’s career.

Ramone

Ramone

He’s back! He will probably not play a big roll, but we just love his slow-rolling, cool-breezer self.

There are many more faces we can expect to see. With a highly anticipated premiere and ideal movie times, Stars and Stripes is the perfect place to watch Cars 3. It’s the perfect Summer, family activity for. And Pixar is great at being able to provide some humor for the parents as well.

Check out our movie times for Cars 3 for opening night (June 16th) and beyond!