“Lyrical, grand and immersive,” Lincoln scores an A from EW

EW’s Owen Gleiberman says Speilberg’s Lincoln, scripted by Tony Kushner, “is one of the most authentic biographical dramas I’ve ever seen.” As the title character of Steven Spielberg’s solemnly transfixing Lincoln, Daniel Day-Lewis is tall and...
Posted On 04 Nov 2012

Lessons for Obama, from Abe Lincoln

Salon’s Andrew O’Hehir feeds our twin cravings for movie insight and political prognosis, and skirts the review embargo on Spielberg’s Lincoln by talking about the man in terms of the film. Abraham Lincoln remains until further notice the standard by which all...
Posted On 04 Nov 2012

The State of the Race: Leaps of Faith

“All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection. So I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible.” — William Faulkner We’re always in a rush to judgment about movies: hit/flop, success/failure, best picture winner/loser. Spurred...
Posted On 30 Oct 2012

Spielberg’s Lincoln, a Different Kind of War Movie

The early talk after a test screening in New York that Lincoln would not be full of sweeping battle scenes depicting the Civil War worried some. They did the math in their head: Spielberg + Lincoln + Civil War = War Horse about slavery. BUT that isn’t the war depicted in...
Posted On 29 Oct 2012