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Lifted from its 'Darkest Hour'

From its grab-for-all-the-gusto Gary Oldman performance to its direction by Joe Wright, "Darkest Hour" is nothing if not an energetic, showy piece of work, but some types of showy have more staying power than others.

The lean and hungry Oldman would seem an unlikely pick to play the rotund, jowly Winston Churchill, even though he's one of Britain's top actors and has played all manner of historic figures, from Sid Vicious to Lee Harvey Oswald.

But helped by the wizardly contribution of

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