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“Masterpiece,” Declares the New York Times as Lincoln Enters the Race with the Best Reviews of the Year

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Because movies are mostly disappointing these days you sometimes forget why there are film critics at all, until a movie like Lincoln comes along. It takes awareness of both history and film history to appreciate Lincoln. It takes an attention span and a curiosity about life in general, politics, American history. If none of that works for you, you must know enough about acting, writing and directing to recognize greatness…

3 clips from Spielberg’s Lincoln

3 clips from Spielberg’s Lincoln

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(Thanks, mecid!) Two more after the cut.

New Lincoln Spot

New Lincoln Spot

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This played during election night here in the US

Louis CK is Lincoln

Louis CK is Lincoln

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The highlight of Louis CK’s appearance this weekend on SNL.

Lincoln, international trailer

Lincoln, international trailer

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

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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 elegantly stooped, with thatchy gray-black hair, sunken cheeks, and a grin that tugs at the corners of his mouth whenever he tries to win someone over by telling them a good story (which is…

Lessons for Obama, from Abe Lincoln

Lessons for Obama, from Abe Lincoln

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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 presidents are judged, and by which all invariably fall short. The task that confronts presidents and turns them prematurely gray – look at pictures of Barack Obama in…

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The State of the Race: Leaps of Faith

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“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 on by the impulse to check insta-polls in 2012, we’ve been in such a hurry to reach snap verdicts that we often don’t bother to take the…

Spielberg’s Lincoln, a Different Kind of War Movie

Spielberg’s Lincoln, a Different Kind of War Movie

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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 Lincoln. The war is a battle between two competing ideas for the past, present and future of America. Though…

Picture of the Day: It is on

Picture of the Day: It is on

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