CBC film critic Eli Glasner's reviews of select film award-season contenders.

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Les Misérables 

"This is a fascinating mistake. This is like Les Misérables, unplugged."

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Lincoln 

"Daniel Day Lewis is understated and remarkable as the 16th American president in Steven Spielberg's anticipated drama Lincoln."

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Life of Pi

"A feast for the eyes."

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Django Unchained

"A movie as audacious as it is eloquent."

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Silver Linings Playbook

"Unconventional and comedic, its portrait of two people who refuse to be defined by their condition is ultimately moving."

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Anna Karenina

"In an audacious adaptation, director Joe Wright takes no prisoners with Tolstoy's classic novel Anna Karenina, adding a theatrical flourish to the story of love lost and found."

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Skyfall

"Bond is back and renewed like never before in a movie that pays tribute to the past while making the case for 007's relevance."

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Argo

"A breathless dash for freedom that takes some equally breathless liberties with the facts, Argo is a classic bit of Hollywood entertainment, a great escape set during the Iran Hostage crisis."

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The Master

"Though undeniably linked to Scientology, Paul Thomas Anderson's masterful drama is ultimately an exploration of the attraction and the physics of the personalities who pull us in."

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Moonrise Kingdom

"In a movie packed with famous faces, it's a pair of young, unknown actors that make Moonrise Kingdom Wes Anderson's finest film."

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Brave

"Brave is many things: a mythic fable, a Scottish comedy as subtle as a Billy Connolly monologue and a movie about princess who needs no rescuing."

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 

"Director Peter Jackson appears to be so devoted to J.R.R. Tolkien's original, he's forgotten he needs to tell a story rather than just fit all those dwarfs on the screen."