“This is a lesson all the failed Iraq films of ’07 have learned — allegory works much better than brutal fact.” For whatever reason, this comment from HE reader “Howling Man” has parted the curtains and explained the failure of the Iraq War flicks in a way that, for the first time, doesn’t piss me off. I’ve been fuming for months about people’s refusal to see In The Valley of Elah and the others (poor Stop Loss — doomed before it even gets out of the gate) and I imagine I’ll continue to have this reaction regardless, but now I have a place to put it.