War Horse (2011)
Emily Watson and Benedict Cumberbatch star in Steven Spielberg’s sprawling epic based on Michael Morpurgo’s children’s novel, but with cues from Nick Stafford’s savvy stage version. It’s about the friendship between a horse, Joey, and his trainer, Albert. Joey is sold to the war effort and the story follows his journey across Europe. This is grand film-making, aided by great performances.