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'The Better Angels' a fragmented look at Lincoln's boyhood
'The Better Angels' a fragmented look at Lincoln's boyhood

Young Abe Lincoln's purported formative years are re-created in strikingly black-and-white images in "The Better Angels," but the technique doesn't necessarily help to create penetrating drama. A first feature by longtime Terrence Malick protégé A.J. Edwards, "The Better Angels" paints Lincoln's poverty-stricken childhood in a log cabin deep in the woods of Indiana. The director certainly creates an evocative mood combining stark natural imagery with natural ambient sounds, snatches of music and snippets of dialogue delivered by actors, including an effectively cast Braydon Denney in the title role, Diane Kruger as Lincoln's loving...

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