Ben Affleck as Tony Mendez in Argo.
Claire Folger
Ben Affleck as Tony Mendez in Argo.

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Starring Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, and John Goodman. Directed by Ben Affleck. Written by Chris Terrio. Based on an article by Joshuah Bearman. Rated R. 120 minutes.

The great movies of the period Argo depicts, even when they were period pieces, nailed something about the American experience in the moment in which they were made. Argo doesn't reflect who we are now so much as it argues for what Hollywood can be. It's an embodiment of the kind of quality adult film that really shouldn't be an endangered species and a love letter from its director and star to the industry that made him, briefly shunned him, and — as the success of The Artist proved last year — loves nothing more than to be loved.

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