Hollywood Friday: Civil War drama 'Lincoln' vs horror 'Mama'

Movies | | February 7, 2013, 6:57 pm
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Steven Spielberg offers a cinematic vision of President Abraham Lincoln's battle to outlaw slavery in 'Lincoln'.

Steven Spielberg offers a cinematic vision of President Abraham Lincoln's battle to outlaw slavery in 'Lincoln'.

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Spielberg acknowledged the pressure of bringing to the big screen one of America's most revered political figures.

Spielberg acknowledged the pressure of bringing to the big screen one of America's most revered political figures.

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Two-time Oscar-winning actor Day-Lewis portrays Lincoln as a charismatic, gifted wordsmith and an often quietly determined, skilled politician who risked his popularity to gain enough votes to pass the 13th Amendment - which outlawed slavery - in the US House of Representatives during the final months of 1865.

Two-time Oscar-winning actor Day-Lewis portrays Lincoln as a charismatic, gifted wordsmith and an often quietly determined, skilled politician who risked his popularity to gain enough votes to pass the 13th Amendment - which outlawed slavery - in the US House of Representatives during the final months of 1865.

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The dialogue-heavy film offers an inside look at the often dry legislative process, and how Lincoln's push for the anti-slavery amendment could have jeopardized the end of the Civil War.

The dialogue-heavy film offers an inside look at the often dry legislative process, and how Lincoln's push for the anti-slavery amendment could have jeopardized the end of the Civil War.

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Without re-enacting much of Lincoln's famed speeches, the film plays up the importance of Secretary of State William Seward (David Strathairn) and liberal congressman Thaddeus Stevens - in another performance, by Tommy Lee Jones, already tipped as an awards contender.

Without re-enacting much of Lincoln's famed speeches, the film plays up the importance of Secretary of State William Seward (David Strathairn) and liberal congressman Thaddeus Stevens - in another performance, by Tommy Lee Jones, already tipped as an awards contender.

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A playful, elegantly made little horror film, 'Mama' teasingly sustains a game of hide-and-seek as it tantalizes the audience with fleeting apparitions of the title character while maintaining interest in two deeply disturbed little orphan girls.

A playful, elegantly made little horror film, 'Mama' teasingly sustains a game of hide-and-seek as it tantalizes the audience with fleeting apparitions of the title character while maintaining interest in two deeply disturbed little orphan girls.

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'Mama' represents a throwback and a modest delight for people who like a good scare but prefer not to be terrorized or grossed out.

'Mama' represents a throwback and a modest delight for people who like a good scare but prefer not to be terrorized or grossed out.

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8/ 10
Prologue shows a distraught father, apparently devastated after a financial setback, driving his tiny daughters up snowy mountain roads to a vacant small summer house in the woods.

Prologue shows a distraught father, apparently devastated after a financial setback, driving his tiny daughters up snowy mountain roads to a vacant small summer house in the woods.

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9/ 10
'Mama,' a Universal release, is rated PG-13 for violence and terror, some disturbing images and thematic elements.

'Mama,' a Universal release, is rated PG-13 for violence and terror, some disturbing images and thematic elements.

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'Mama' stars Jessica Chastain, sporting tattoo and a haircut that's somewhere between Joan Jett and Liza Minnelli.

'Mama' stars Jessica Chastain, sporting tattoo and a haircut that's somewhere between Joan Jett and Liza Minnelli.