DARKEST HOUR
2017, Focus Features, 125 min, USA/UK, Dir: Joe Wright

Within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman) must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation. As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent, and with an unprepared public, a skeptical King, and his own party plotting against him, Churchill must withstand his darkest hour, rally a nation and attempt to change the course of world history. With Kristin Scott Thomas. “Hidden behind fake jowls and a receding hairline, Gary Oldman delivers one of the great performances of his career as Winston Churchill.” - Peter Debruge, Variety


HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE
2009, Warner Bros., 153 min, USA/UK, Dir: David Yates

After the dark intensity of ORDER OF THE PHOENIX, this sixth entry in the Harry Potter series takes on a tone of light romantic comedy, as Harry and his friends deal with young love. After Harry takes on the task of convincing Horace Slughorn (Jim Broadbent) to return to Hogwarts and the Death Eaters fly over London, however, things grow more serious and threatening yet again.


BIG EYES
2014, The Weinstein Company, 106 min, USA, Dir: Tim Burton

Director Tim Burton reteams with ED WOOD screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski for an insightful look at another outsider artist. Margaret Keane (Amy Adams) painted portraits of children with huge, doleful eyes that became famous in the 1960s – after her husband Walter (Christoph Waltz) attached his name to the works and mass-marketed them. Jason Schwartzman, Krysten Ritter and Terence Stamp costar in this colorful portrait of a woman not content to stand silently behind her man.


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