Steven Spielberg and his jaunty little apologue about the 16th president of the United States aside, it's no longer enough in movies for a historical figure or literary character to do simple stuff like abolish slavery or be a man of intelligence and character. Abraham Lincoln is reduced to slaying vampires. Elizabeth Bennet is stuck fighting off zombies. And Hansel and Gretel, having already suffered the indignity of being abandoned in the woods by lousy parents, can't just kill off one cannibalistic witch and... More >>>