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Lincoln 2012,  PG-13)
Lincoln
The movie is boring (2 stars) most of the time: the characters are good, and the stories which are told are interesting, but not the way to tell them. This is a fail for Spielberg as a director. 2.5 stars is being too generous, but actings and some particular aspects can make us feel that way. The effort of Day-Lewis is not enough to create a good story.
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Cold Mountain 2003,  R)
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Sommersby 1993,  PG-13)
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Wild Wild West 1999,  PG-13)
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Django Unchained 2012,  R)
Django Unchained
Everything started perfect: Christoph Waltz was a wonderful character, funny, interesting. The plot was intelligent, entertaining, and looked attractive, even not as violent as other Tarantino movies (or, at least, a little more subtle). Then, the story became artificial and weak just to go by a long, boring pathway which seemed to go nowhere. And then, when the cards get over the table, some stupid and nonsense things start to happen just to justify that (as always), Tarantino made a long boring period before an orgy of destruction. I mean, I do not hope that every point of a plot is absolutely realistic, but in this case, it is so obvious you can not lie yourself. From that moment, movie becomes stupid, absurd and you see you have been waiting for nothing (this last part is 1.5 stars for me, but the beginning and Waltz save the day a little bit). Please, Tarantino, stop making the plots of your movies: hire a script writer. (P.S. The character of Di Caprio is much weaker than I expected).
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Little Women 1994,  PG)
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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 1960,  G)
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Uncle Tom's Cabin 1927,  Unrated)
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Amistad 1997,  R)
Amistad
We have not seen a lot in cinema a reflect of the tragic consequences of slavery, and the interesting point about this movie is that it does without falling in too much sentimentalism or dark suffering excesses that will make the message get lost (although some scenes are really hard). Interesting characters and good cast around a court room movie with political interestest around. Also, a good success in reflecting the shock between African and European-American culture. Great physical acting of the African actors, in particular Hounsou. In the bad part, it becomes sometimes more idealistic than close to the real facts (in the speech of John Quincy Adams, I find too much references to the future), and, in that sense, it loses some credibility.
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12 Years a Slave 2013,  R)
12 Years a Slave
Between 3 and 3.5. Hard to watch, more relevant by its social message.

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