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Darkest Hour (2017)

Director: Joe Wright

Writer: Anthony McCarten

Cast: Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott-Thomas, Stephen Dillane, Lily James, Ben Mendelsohn, Ronald Pickup

Cert: PG

Running time: 125mins

Year: 2017


What’s the story: As Britain stands alone against the Nazis, and its army awaits capture at Dunkirk, newly appointed prime minister Winston Churchill clashes with critics in his own party about fighting Germany or negotiating for peace.

What’s the verdict: Unlike those brothers who shared his family name, Joe Wright has yet to successfully land a project. Sometimes his films soar briefly. But, audience expectations crash to earth with a sense of frustrated disappointment (Atonement) or outright annoyance (The Soloist).

Darkest Hour promises to be the director’s most sustained movie yet...

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Hyde Park on Hudson

Hyde Park on Hudson - posterDirector: Roger Michell

Writer: Richard Nelson

Cast: Bill Murray, Samuel West, Laura Linney, Olivia Colman, Olivia Williams

Cert: 12

Running time: 94mins

Year: 2012

The lowdown: It’s Downton USA in this frothy account of King George VI’s audience with President Franklin D. Roosevelt on the eve of WW2, when Britain requested America’s help in fighting the Nazis. Bill Murray is clearly enjoying himself as the eccentric, polio stricken Commander-in-Chief, while West plays the same stuttering monarch Colin Firth portrayed to Oscar winning effect in that King’s Speech movie. Rising national treasure Olivia Colman is on prim, mildly unamused form as Queen Elizabeth (aka, the Queen Mum).

Hyde Park on Hudson - Bill MurrayHyde Park on Hudson - Bill Murray, Olivia Williams, Laura Linney

The full verdict: You have to admire Samuel West’s bravery, being all trousers and no talk as King G...

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