Be prepared for the most terrifying flying experience you’re ever likely to encounter, expertly created by Robert Zemeckis (“Forrest Gump,” “Back to the Future”) and engineered on-screen by Denzel Washington. “Flight” may put you off air travel for a while, but on the other hand if the plane you’re aboard should suddenly turn upside down, you’ll know what to do.

This is Washington’s best role to date, and that’s saying a lot for an actor who has consistently chosen to work on blood-and-guts hardball parts throughout a 30-year career. That he lost out on the best actor Oscar at last weekend’s Academy Awards … Well, at least it was to Daniel Day-Lewis.

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