1. Two icons, Abraham Lincoln and James Bond, make triumphant appearances this week in movies with more in common than you’d expect. True, Lincoln is a titan of history, liberator of slaves and as such an adversary of Western colonialism, while 007 is an outlandish stereotype embodying white male Western authoritarian power. But the makers of these films do a sterling job of testing their respective subjects in front of our eyes — before pronouncing them fit to carry on in our collective imagination.

    — David Edelstein reviews the films, Lincoln and Skyfall

    Photos courtesy of Francois Duhamel/Sony Pictures and David James/DreamWork

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    David Edelstein

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