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Rated R · 120 minutes · 2012
Obviously timely in the wake of attacks on American embassies throughout the Muslim world, Ben Affleck’s Argo recounts one of those formerly lost stories of history—lost, because it was never fully told until recently. When six Americans escaped the U.S. embassy in Tehran as it was being raided in 1979, the CIA had to act quietly to remove them from the home of the Canadian ambassador, where they fled. The official story about these refugees was not the real one. The real story, apparently, is that the CIA feigned a film production and attempted to smuggle out our six diplomats—out in the open—as members of a movie crew. Ben Affleck’s skills as a director now match his ascension: While Gone Baby Gone and The Town are quality, Argo is well-paced, focused, taut and absolutely terrific.


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Official Site: www.argothemovie.com
Director: Ben Affleck
Producer: Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck, George Clooney, David Klawans, Nina Wolarsky, Chris Brigham, Chay Carter, Graham King and Tim Headington
Cast: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Victor Garber, Tate Donovan, Clea DuVall, Scoot McNairy, Rory Cochrane, Christopher Denham, Kerry Bishé, Kyle Chandler, Chris Messina, Zeljko Ivanek, Titus Welliver, Keith Szarabajka, Bob Gunton, Richard Kind, Richard Dillane, Omid Abtahi and Page Leong

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Chicago Reader This week's Culture Vultures recommend: Chicagoans recommend a beautiful opera, an incredibly intense movie, and an impeccable dance by Asher Klein, Niel Spidle and Meg Pier 10/30/2012
Style Weekly Movie Review: "Argo" With its re-enactment of a secret rescue operation, Ben Affleck's latest plays it up and plays it safe. by Wayne Melton 10/23/2012
Creative Loafing Atlanta Hollywood fantasy takes on Iranian reality in Ben Affleck's Argo CIA spies and movie moguls outwit militant mullahs in compelling docudrama by Curt Holman 10/10/2012
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Memphis Flyer In the Majors Now Ben Affleck makes a leap with the ambitious Argo. by Chris Herrington 10/11/2012
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Gambit Review: Argo Ken Korman says Ben Affleck has style and restraint behind the camera by Ken Korman 10/16/2012
Colorado Springs Independent Ben hurrah: Argo It's absurd to those who still associate him with Daredevil and Gigli, but when our backs were turned, Ben Affleck became a Serious Filmmaker. by Scott Renshaw 10/10/2012
The Coast Halifax Argo A true story and heroism add up to quality entertainment by Molly Segal 10/11/2012
East Bay Express Argo Ben Affleck outsmarts Iran. by Kelly Vance 10/10/2012
Boise Weekly Argo is the Film to Beat for Oscar's Big Prize Now playing at at Edwards 9, 12, 14, 22 by George Prentice 10/10/2012
Indy Week Ben Affleck's directing career continues to impress with Argo In the final scenes of Argo I was literally on the edge of my seat, leaning forward. I can't remember the last time that's happened. by Glenn McDonald 10/10/2012
Portland Mercury Best Hostage Crisis Ever! Argo rocks, and so does Ben Affleck. There. I said it. by Elinor Jones 10/11/2012

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