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“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.

“Hope Springs” (2012) is a somewhat cute, somewhat poignant relationship movie starring Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones. Streep plays a Midwestern housewife having an “is that all there is?” moment. As usual, Jones plays himself. They see a marriage counselor (Steve Carell). Low-key, Midwestern-style hijinks ensue. The movie was a little bit blah. I don’t know if that was because it was a blah movie, or because the married couple’s blah life was so effectively portrayed. For a second, I thought it was going to have a sad ending. I might have liked the movie more if it had.

“The Company Men” (2010) is a good, simple movie, but it hits a little close to home for anybody who has been caught up in the wreckage of the American economy over the last couple of years. So beware if your idea of movie night is a chance to escape your troubles. This film holds a mirror up to them. It’s a character study of several different “types” of guys, cut-throat CEO, right-hand man, worked-his-way-up middle management, high-flying salesman (protagonist Ben Affleck), hard-working small business owner. Each has to face the recession’s challenges in his own way. Not everyone succeeds.