Cinema: Tribute to Winnie

The Finest Hours is an earnest, intelligent, generally uncritical documentary conceived as a tribute to Winston Churchill, who will be 90 on Nov. 30. Like Sir Winston's own work, and often in his own eloquent words, the film renders autobiography as history, submerging the private man in favor of the grand public figure who served his country, and his century, as First Lord of the Admiralty and Prime Minister through two world wars. "It was the nation and the race dwelling around the world that had the lion's heart," he declares. "I had the luck to be called upon to give...

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