The movie “Lincoln” opens today at one theater in Bethesda, Md. Those of us who live in the greater Washington area will have to drive to the Bethesda Row Cinema or wait until the Steven Spielberg epic opens nationwide Nov. 16. The first show is at noon.

According to the reviews appearing recently in The Washington Post, the New York Times and Rolling Stone, the wait will be worth it. Praise is heaped on actor-extraordinaire Daniel Day-Lewis, who spent a year studying the 16th president before he stepped in front of the camera.

Although the title suggests a life-of-the-16th-president type movie, it is more of a dramatic account of how Lincoln maneuvered friends and foes into adopting the 13th Amendment that would permanently abolish slavery in the country. The movie is based, in part, on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s bestseller “Team of Rivals,” a 2005 multiple biography about Lincoln and his Cabinet.