On the brink of defeat in the early days of World War II, Winston Churchill is named prime minister and rallies Great Britain to fight against Germany. Polished Oscar bait with an award-worthy performance by Gary Oldman.
Contemporary legal drama, emanating both strong retro vibes and timely racial issues, is fueled by another terrific Denzel Washington performance—here a socially inept, financially strapped L.A. lawyer/civil-rights advocate tempted to cross a line.
It’s a wonder, all right—a wonder that so many top Hollywood talents would choose to take part in this simple, uplifting children’s story about a ten-year-old boy whose genetic facial deformities make him an object of curiosity and occasional ridicule. And it’s a wonder that their moralizing efforts have paid off so effectively.