The Vietnam War, online communication or Nicholas Sparks: Which experience at the movies this week is more traumatic?
Danny Bowes compares Rory Kennedy's documentary Last Days in Vietnam
favorably to Argo
as a taut procedural thriller, and praises the animated Dia de los Muertos-themed The Book of Life
for its terrific songs and elegantly simple storytelling.
MaryAnn Johanson has nothing but praise for Pride
, the inspiring, superbly-acted true story of the improbable alliance between gay activists and striking British coal miners. Meanwhile, she laments the digital-age hand-wringing in Jason Reitman's overwrought ensemble drama Men, Women & Children
Scott Renshaw rolls his eyes at Nicholas Sparks doing his typical Nicholas Sparks thing in The Best of Me
(pictured). In this week's feature review, he observes as the war-is-hell intensity of Fury
turns into filmmaker David Ayer's familiar theme that everything is hell.