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The Better Angels (2014)

The Better Angels

Overview


Genre

Drama, Biography

Release Date

November 07, 2014 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

PG

Duration

95 min.

Studio

Amplify

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Not quite bad, but it's not recommended either.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Cast and Crew


Director

A.J. Edwards

Producer

Terrence Malick, Charley Beil, Nicolas Gonda, Jake DeVito

Screenwriter

A.J. Edwards

Starring

Story


At an isolated log cabin in the harsh wilderness of Indiana circa 1817, the rhythms of love, tragedy, and the daily hardships of life on the developing frontier shaped one of our nation's greatest heroes: Abraham Lincoln. Using glorious black and white cinematography to conjure an America where the land was raw, "The Better Angels" sheds new light on the formative years of the future president and the two women who molded him into one of the most revered men in American history. Based on 19th-century interviews with Lincoln's family members, The Better Angels is a beautiful, insightful, and brilliantly composed feature debut from producer Terrence Malick's longtime protege, A.J. Edwards.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..the overall effect is close to parody, tinged by a frustrating coyness that refuses to identify its protagonist (Braydon Denney) by name for the entire running time..”
by Joshua Rothkopf [Time Out New York]
“..suffering from a thin script, "The Better Angels" has few insights to offer about Abe..”
by Kyle Smith [New York Post]
“..the effect is like falling into a gorgeous photograph, but that also means the narrative in this arthouse film is oblique and sketchy..”
by Joe Neumaier [NY Daily News]