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Last Flag Flying

Richard Linklater (Slacker, Dazed and Confused, Before Sunset, Boyhood) seems like an odd man to write and direct this eligiac, post-military dramedy (based on the novel by Darryl Ponicsan). Steve Carell is a meek, former Navy man who hooks up with two old buddies from Vietnam (Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fishburne) after his son is killed in the first Gulf War. He wants help burying the kid, but the road trip leads down some odd side roads. There's not a lot to this talk-and-drive, but the humor and chemistry among the leads is infectious. Cranston (a loudmouthed bar owner) and Laurence (a reformed-sinner-turned-reverend) function as the devil and angel on our mourning father's shoulders. Amid the humorous escapades, there's a serious story about what our government asks young men to do, and what it tells parents about their service. 125 minutes R.