Lincoln

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The 13th Amendment passes. Lincoln is killed.

OK, neither of those are really spoilers, but in terms of topics worth talking about after seeing the film there’s the late-film revelation that Thaddeus Stevens (Tommy Lee Jones) is in a marriage-in-all-but-name relationship with his African-American housekeeper Lydia Hamilton Smith (S. Epatha Merkerson). I’m not Civil War historian enough to know if that’s conjecture or confirmed fact (but I do know that Jones looks pretty weird with a shaved head). Beyond that, I’d like to know if anyone else had the same reaction I did: That this was a good movie but that there’s a better movie to be made with this talent (and that it might have existed somewhere in the 500-page first draft Tony Kushner is said to have written).

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