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‘Last Days in Vietnam’: Understanding, insight into dark chapter in U.S. history

‘Last Days in Vietnam’: Understanding, insight into dark chapter in U.S. history

What Rory Kennedy has rendered is so subtle and poignant that it sneakily stays with you – the true test of an effective documentary.

‘Tusk’: Kevin Smith changes things up, and his podcaster hero bears the brunt

‘Tusk’: Kevin Smith changes things up, and his podcaster hero bears the brunt

The latest from Kevin Smith signals something of a return to form and a bit of a surprise – a hefty slab of comedy atop a serial killer thread that alleges to be based on “actual events.”

‘Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears’: High-order perversity at The Brattle

‘Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears’: High-order perversity at The Brattle

From its enigmatic title to the startling open sequence to the psycho-sexual implications of its bizarre finale, this is a kind of shocker that’s all but vanished from U.S. screens.

‘Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them’ couple torn apart in film stitched together

‘Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them’ couple torn apart in film stitched together

What could have been a maudlin, Hallmark exercise instead is a haunting slow burn of an elusive woman at a crossroads after tragedy.

Five things to do this weekend: Sept. 6-7

Five things to do this weekend: Sept. 6-7

Pleasure Pie Launch Party and open mic; “Divergent”; Somerville Rock And Roll Yard Sale; Cambridge Carnival International; and Strike Up the Bands event.

‘The Congress’: Identity, politics of film get literal new look from ‘Bashir’ creator

‘The Congress’: Identity, politics of film get literal new look from ‘Bashir’ creator

We know of Robyn Wright from “The Princess Bride” and “Forrest Gump,” but her career never quite took off. “The Congress” changes that uniquely.

‘Life of Crime’: Leonard’s ‘Jackie Brown’ crew back at shenanigans, for lesser haul

‘Life of Crime’: Leonard’s ‘Jackie Brown’ crew back at shenanigans, for lesser haul

“Crime” is enjoyable enough, but it’s more an appetizer than a meal that will make you wanting a second helping of “Jackie Brown” or “Out of Sight.”

Five things to do this weekend: Aug. 30-31

Five things to do this weekend: Aug. 30-31

Campfire. music festival; “The Godfather” double-feature; “Grease” on stage; a Bread & Puppet Theater circus show; and The Cambridge Footlights U.K. comedy troupe.

‘November Man’: Plenty of plots muddle, but post-007 Brosnan still the master spy

‘November Man’: Plenty of plots muddle, but post-007 Brosnan still the master spy

Brosnan carries this film gallantly with just the right amount of bravado and disdain, and his time as Bond and Thomas Crown goes a long way to help sell it.

Five things to do this weekend: Aug. 23-24

Five things to do this weekend: Aug. 23-24

Chamber music concert; “Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Eraserhead”; Art Walk in the Park; Gustafer Yellowgold kids show; and gender-flux “Streetcar Named Desire” reading.

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