Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Hal Holbrook, John Hawkes, Lee Pace
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
The plot: Two months have passed since Abraham Lincoln's re-election, the American Civil War rages on for a fourth year and the president's thoughts turn to the highly contentious slavery bill. Secretary Of State William H Seward counsels against the motion, given the current make-up of the House of Representatives. However, Lincoln is adamant that the Bill must be passed before the end of the war and he enlists William N Bilbo and Colonel Robert Latham to procure votes.
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"Lincoln works as a snapshot of a great man without ever slipping into a portrait of sainthood."
"As unexpected as it is intelligent, thanks to virtuoso work from Spielberg and Kushner, Lincoln is landmark filmmaking, while Day-Lewis is so authentic he pulls off that stovepipe."
"This is the quietest of [Spielberg's] recent films, with an equally unobtrusive, delicately-crafted, totally absorbing performance from Daniel Day-Lewis."