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Posted at 06:53 PM ET, 11/08/2012

‘Lincoln,’ ‘Skyfall’ and more new movies

Daniel Day-Lewis gives a riveting performance in “Lincoln.” (Photo by David James/Dreamworks)
This week’s new movies earned high praise among the Post critics. “Lincoln,” “Holy Motors,” and “This Must Be the Place”each earned four stars, and “Skyfall,” the new James Bond installment, earned three. Here’s what the critics had to say:

Lincoln” (PG-13) “A peculiar, powerful alchemy takes hold in ‘Lincoln,’ Steven Spielberg’s masterful portrait of the 16th U.S. president. Through that strange mix of realism, artifice, intimacy and scope that cinema uniquely possesses, viewers find themselves transported to 19th-century Washington, where Abraham Lincoln — portrayed in a surpassingly sympathetic performance by Daniel Day-Lewis — has just been reelected to a second term.” — Ann Hornaday

Skyfall” (PG-13) “With ‘Skyfall,’ Sam Mendes proves to be just that adept, reinvigorating the James Bond series with a sleek, crisp, classy installment exhibiting just the right proportion of respect for legacy and embrace of novelty.” — Ann Hornaday

Holy Motors” (Unrated) “The Cannes Film Festival was a staid affair this year... Except for ‘Holy Motors,’ an electrifying, confounding, what-the-hell-just-happened exercise in unbounded imagination, unapologetic theatricality, bravura acting and head-over-heels movie-love. Here, finally, was a film willing to take the kind of aesthetic risks of which we see all too few, even at festivals nominally devoted to discovery and bold reinvention.” — Ann Hornaday

This Must Be the Place” (Unrated) “Sean Penn makes a striking screen presence in ‘This Must Be the Place,’ a smart, funny and original road movie by Italian director Paolo Sorrentino.” — Michael O’Sullivan

A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman” (Unrated) “The movie’s candor doesn’t yield any great revelations, however, or even a lot of laughs. The animated biopic is for Python cultists and completists only.” — Mark Jenkins

The Big Picture” (Unrated) “What could we accomplish if we didn’t have to be -- or, rather, to remain -- the selves we have become? What are the costs, and the rewards, of personal reinvention? Those are the intriguing questions at the heart of ‘The Big Picture,’ an existential French thriller about a man who leaves his former life, identity and obligations behind, not just once, but twice.” — Mihcael O’Sullivan

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