Fall 2011 movie highlights
War Horse Steven Spielberg extravaganza number two is the tale of a half-thoroughbred taken from a British boy and sold into service during World War I. Based on Michael Morpurgo’s 1982 children’s book, which became a hit play in London and on Broadway. The boy (Jeremy Irvine) embarks on a mission to bring the horse home. Spielberg appears to have his work cut out for him. since a great deal of the show’s enchantment is the life-size human puppetry that brings the horse to life and the audience to tears, all in the service of showcasing the horrors of war. Spielberg uses real horses (about 13). If any director can turn “The Black Stallion’’ into “Guernica,’’ it’s probably him.
Out: Dec. 28