The father of the atomic bomb gets the Christopher Nolan treatment in this fascinating, in-depth film set against the backdrop of the scientist’s 1954 national security clearance hearing. Cillian Murphy is outstanding in the lead role, and the incredible supporting cast—including Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr., Emily Blunt, Florence Pugh and Josh Hartnett—elevates the film even higher. Nolan’s razor-sharp script and brilliant direction (along with Hoyte van Hoytema’s beautiful cinematography) make the film a clear Oscar front-runner already—and we’re barely halfway through summer.

5/5 stars