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Joe Wright United Kingdom, 2017

Duncan Gray's rating of the film Darkest Hour

Oscar season has a way of bringing them out: average movies that could only have been made by experts at their craft, catering to Academy viewers of a certain age who can't resist Brit prestige, insisting that great acting require fussy physical transformation. That is, Gary Oldman is terrific under several layers of flab, but I'd take his subtle, implosive performance in Tinker, Tailor... nine times out of time.