Lyndon B. Johnson

‘LBJ’ and ‘Darkest Hour’ show how democracy in action can sometimes be a beautiful thing to behold

‘LBJ’ and ‘Darkest Hour’ show how democracy in action can sometimes be a beautiful thing to behold

Most movies about politicians depict either slippery narcissists — "Nixon," "The Deal" (about Tony Blair), "Game Change" (Sarah Palin), this spring’s "Chappaquiddick" (Ted Kennedy) — or complicated personalities driven to achieve the greater good, as in "Lincoln" and the Franklin Roosevelt love story "Hyde Park on Hudson."

This year, "LBJ" and "Darkest Hour" dramatize how American President Lyndon Baines Johnson (Woody Harrelson) and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman) transcended personal demons to lead their countries through perilous times. Written before the 2016 election, both...

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