24 January 2013 8:00 AM, PST | The Independent | See recent The Independent news »

Steven Spielberg's recreation of the last four months in the life of the 16th President of the USA is sombre, sincere, handsome and deeply reverential. It's also one of the talkiest movies ever made. Tony Kushner's screenplay makes the issue of slavery its centrepiece, but sets it within such a long crossfire of backroom intrigues, political skulduggery and rhetorical bluster that actual drama looks ready to expire on the carpet. »

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