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War Horse

Rated PG-13 146 min. 2011

Steven Spielberg continues his reverence for John Ford, with a particularly obvious visual homage to The Quiet Man that bookends this film. And, ever the rank sentimentalist, he fashions his takes on Black Beauty and The Black Stallion with a story about, yes, a boy and his horse. War Horse is held together by a glue of Spielberg schmaltz that's easy to stick with until it fosters a series of false endings and tidy contrivances. However, even the sappy slow spots are varnished with exquisite art direction and Janusz Kaminski's brilliant cinematography.

Film Credits

Official Site: www.warhorsemovie.com

Director: Steven Spielberg

Writer: Lee Hall and Richard Curtis

Producer: Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy

Cast: Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Peter Mullan, Niels Arestrup, Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irvine, Benedict Cumberbatch and Toby Kebbell

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