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‘Lincoln’: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

Nov. 27, 2012

Tall, dark-haired and a master of oratory, Abraham Lincoln is perhaps one of the most revered presidents in United States history. It’s no wonder, then, that Academy Award-winning director Stephen Spielberg decided to capture the essence of the most important segment of Lincoln’s presidency in his newest film, “Lincoln.”

The film takes place toward the end of the Civil War, as Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis) is trying to pass the 13th Amendment to end slavery and conclude the war. Despite its war setting, this movie is no way intended for a moviegoer who prefers action films — "Lincoln" takes on a more dramatic focus, and viewers act as onlookers to the innermost facets of Lincoln’s life, family and desire for equality.

The film is a definite must-see. Critics around the world are proclaiming it as one of the best of the year, and many think Day-Lewis and Sally Field, who plays Mary Todd Lincoln, will be nominated for Oscars. "Lincoln" has outstanding performances and a capturing storyline and provides a true testament to American history. Its clarity, precision and breathtaking fluidity give a new meaning to the term "Honest Abe."

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