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Film review

‘Lincoln’ stellar for most part, but ambling dulls emotions

President Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis) looks across a battlefield in Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln.” (David James/DreamWorks)
President Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis) looks across a battlefield in Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln.” (David James/DreamWorks)
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The leading man’s too short, barely suggesting the height that his contemporaries said made him “tower o’er other men.” And his voice, researched and accurate as it may be, is not the Abe Lincoln that’s been inside our head for generations. The actress they cast to play his wife is decades older than the woman she’s portraying. Ulysses S. Grant is a sharp-dressed redhead, and like Lincoln himself is played by a Brit. We don’t ...


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