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Typically, the words you would use to describe a film about a man born with cerebral palsy overcoming obstacles to become a success would be “inspiring” or “uplifting” or “powerful” or perhaps “preachy” (you know it’s true sometimes). The word I would use to describe “My Left Foot,” the 1989 story of an Irishman born with (yada, yada, see above) would be “fun.” There’s a sense of “let’s don’t take this too bloody seriously” conveyed by the story and its star, Daniel Day Lewis, that makes this film truly special. It’s a story of acceptance that also accepts the moviegoer.

“Lincoln” (2012) is a fascinating movie for what it is, and for what it is not. It is not a biopic of the legendary president, full of fireside reading, rail splitting and debates with Stephen A. Douglas. It is a look deep inside the Washington sausage-making process that we know as American representative democracy. Along the way, it tries to reveal who Abraham Lincoln was, both his personality and what he stood for. It does a good job of that, although I doubt his every waking moment was spent earnestly saying profound things. Maybe he was just awesome like that.