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“Flight” is soulful and bluesy and not at all the crowd-pleaser that you might expect. In that way it’s a bit of a conundrum. The less you know, the better, but no one should walk in cold. It’s rampant with drug and alcohol abuse, short on action, and high on emotional turmoil – and it’s one of the best films of 2012.

You can take its title at face value – yes, it is about an airline pilot – but if you think that’s where the meaning of “flight” ends, you’re in for a jolt. The screenplay pulls no punches and Zemeckis’ masterful direction goes a long way in reminding us of what a talent he is. The film is also a terrific showcase for Denzel Washington, one of the great American actors, giving him some of his most challenging material to date.

Rating: ★★★★ 1/2 out of ★★★★★ (Excellent)

-J. Olson

Full review: Flight

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