“The Best Of Me”

Rated PG-13

1 hour 50 minutes

James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan, Luke Bracey, Liana Liberato

My advice is to get a good grip on your heartstrings, because Nicholas Sparks’ “The Best of Me” pulls out all the stops for control of your emotions.

Tears will flow when young lovers from opposite sides of the tracks go their separate ways, only to meet up again 20 years later.

20 years earlier Luke Bracey and Liana Liberator had the young audience palpitating with their devotion to each other.

But Nicholas Sparks’ tearjerkers are as motivated by heartache as by hormones. And now 20 years later, Michelle Monaghan’s trapped in a loveless marriage to someone whose not named James Marsden.

The ushers will be disposing of your tear drenched tissues after “The Best of Me’ assaults your senses without mercy.

Even the most hard-hearted moviegoers will be putty in the hands of Nicholas Sparks’ calculating barrage on your emotions.

Normally I’d reject having my emotions so blatantly manipulated, but “The Best of Me” handles it so well with real style, knowing exactly how to get to us.

“The Best of Me” does it’s best to win a heartbreaking 3 stars.

For this one, they should be selling tissues at the concession counter.

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