Must See Movie Releases of the Week (Feb. 27)


Most likely, Gary Oldman will be leaving home with an Oscar Sunday night. It’s all due to his stellar performance in Darkest Hour. Oldman plays the legendary British Prime Minster Winston Churchill. The films plot revolves around Churchill debating between working a deal with Hitler or fight against him. Ironically, the Battle of Dunkirk is the focal point in the movie and this film is also nominated for Best Picture alongside Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk. Finally Dunkirk gets it’s story told properly from two perspectives.

Back to Darkest Hour. It’s such a significant historical story and characters. Oldman is virtually unrecognizable as Churchill, with his complete physical and emotional transformation. It’s amazing. You see the various shades of Churchill’s persona, the wild and borderline wacky and the stern and authoritative. This film is not only a master class in performance from Oldman, but it’s compelling and interesting. It’s the best portrayal of Churchill to date, and the movie plot delivers also. Another Oscar favorite to be on a must-see list.

DARKEST HOUR is out now on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, Digital and On Demand

Written by Jim Alexander

Jim Alexander hails from Chicago where he started his journalism career as a film critic and founder of the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle (CIFCC). He's a Rotten Tomatoes approved critic. Jim founded Reel Talker as a platform to share his love of movies and entertainment. Jim's favorite part of being a journalist is getting to meet and interview actors, filmmakers and entertainers. Jim is a host and on-camera personality for AfterBuzz TV. Aside from his work with Reel Talker, he's the site owner of the Bachelor Universe website, where he recaps and talks about all this ABC's 'The Bachelor'. He also runs the Reel Talker Podcast that can be found on iTunes. In his free time he enjoys attending sports events and playing in recreational leagues. He currently resides in Los Angeles.

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