“As imagined by Spielberg and Kushner, Lincoln’s Lincoln is the ultimate mensch,” film critic J. Hoberman writes of Steven Spielberg’s new Civil War biopic.

Written by Tony Kushner and starring Daniel-Day Lewis as the larger-than-life president, the film reframes the Lincoln narrative as one similar to Exodus, with Lincoln as the emancipator who himself could not enter the promised land. Read the review here.