The Best Movies of 2012

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4. 'Lincoln'

The risk here for director Steven Spielberg and screenwriter Tony Kushner, both at the peak of their powers, is that audiences would endure the torrential battle of words that helped Abraham Lincoln (the reliably astounding Daniel Day-Lewis) jam a 13th Amendment through Congress to forever abolish slavery. Tough mission, brilliantly accomplished.

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