'War Horse'

Be sure to try new things: Spielberg, with plenty of World War II action ("Schindler's List" and "Saving Private Ryan" among them), gets his first tour of duty in the Great War. Keep an eye on your stuff, and don't forget a map: The British farm boy Albert Narracott (Jeremy Irvine) loses his horse, Joey, and goes on a quest to find the steed -- a journey during which he gains some insight into his troubled father. Drink with the locals: Albert's adventure would never have happened if his boozy and sometimes-cruel father, Ted (Peter Mullan), didn't get drunk at an auction and buy a thoroughbred. Bring a good book: "War Horse" is a stage sensation, but Spielberg draws more on the original source material, Michael Morpurgo's young-adult novel. Take lots of pictures: Spielberg says he was dizzy with the landscape options, and it shows in his gorgeous John Ford-style mapping of the English countryside.
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