8.30PM, ONE ★★★
This is not a conventional, birth-to-death biopic of America’s greatest president. Instead, Steven Spielberg narrows the focus to four short months in the shortened second term of Abraham Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis). Nevertheless, this is a twoand-a-half-hour talk-fest in which Honest Abe’s most significant achievement – the abolition of slavery – will be discussed into existence before your very eyes. Luckily, for any viewer who may lose their way in this maze of florid chatter, there is a great performance by Day-Lewis to lead you back to clarity. Co-stars Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones.