Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour” (Photo submitted)

Capitol Cinema presents Golden Globe-Winning Churchill biopic

Published Jan 11, 2018 at 4:00pm

Cinema Capitol (230 W. Dominick St.) will present the biographical drama “Darkest Hour” from Friday, Jan. 12 through Thursday, Jan. 25.

Directed by Joe Wright, “Darkest Hour” tells a true story which begins at the precipice of World War II. 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 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.

“Darkest Hour” also stars Kristin Scott Thomas, Stephen Dillane, Ronald Pickup, and Lily James.

Highly acclaimed, “Darkest Hour” was awarded “Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama” at the 2018 Golden Globes. Wright was also awarded “Director of the Year” at the Hollywood Film Awards, and Oldman was awarded “Best Actor” for this performance at the Women Film Critics Circle Awards, The Washington Dc Area Film Critics Association Awards, and The Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards.

The Washington Post writes “As a portrait of leadership at its most brilliant, thoughtful and morally courageous, “Darkest Hour” is the movie we need right now.” Rolling Stone writes that “Gary Oldman gives the performance of the year” through his portrayal as Churchill.

“Darkest Hour” runs 114 minutes and is rated PG-13 (for some thematic material). Admission is $7, $6 for students and military, and $5 for Capitol Friends. Tickets are available at the door and in advance from the Capitol Theatre box office (315-337-6453) and online at

Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 4 and 7 p.m., Sundays at 1 and 4 p.m., and Mondays-Thursdays at 4 and 7 p.m. The Friday 4 and Sunday 1 show times will include captions for the hearing-impaired.