Solid, tense, and impressive, Argo (2012, USA) is a narrative of a covert rescue circa Iranian Revolution, 1979. Pulse-racing and heart-punching, Argo delivers genuine tension that puts Ben Affleck as one of Hollywood's rising directors.
Delicate, but strong, Zero Dark Thirty (2012, USA) is a masterful work that sharply narrates the manhunt for Osama bin Laden. Kathryn Bigelow believably takes the audience to the Osama bin Laden case "ground zero."
Upside Down (2013, France-Canada) is a fantasy feature set in an alternate Universe with opposing worlds, literally and figuratively. Employing a "forbidden love" drama, Upside Down, amid great photography and concept, fails to sustain energy for the audience to believe.