Plunging straight into the action, this staggering war movie from Christopher Nolan grabs you from the first moment, and immerses you in the plight of British soldiers left on a French beach in 1940 with the Nazis breathing down their neck and no way to evacuate.

A snapshot of a single day, Dunkirk follows Fionn Whitehead’s teenage soldier, Tom Hardy’s gritty Spitfire pilot and Mark Rylance’s captain of a fishing boat who sails across the Channel in a bid to help in the rescue.

This is a masterclass in what fear and panic feel like, told by a film-maker in total control of his impressive powers – a heady, breathless experience that stays with you long after the credits have rolled.