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Joey and Snowy, Take a Bow

Movies: ‘War Horse,’ ‘The Adventures of Tintin’
Jeremy Irvine as Albert, and Joey, the horse, in “War Horse.”

Taking in two end-of-year releases directed by Steven Spielberg, I was reminded of Spielberg’s enormous cinematic range and appetites, and why he continues to be a seminal influence on the art and business of moviemaking.

Of “The Adventures of Tintin” and “War Horse” — both outstanding achievements — I preferred the former. This animated film, based on a classic series of 20th-century comic books by the Belgian artist known as Hergé, is light, loose, and terrifically entertaining.

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