'Argo' -- 3 1/2 stars

<b>R; 2:00 running time</br><br><br>
The propulsive hostage thriller "Argo," the third feature directed by Ben Affleck, just plain works. It's heartening to encounter a film, based on fact but happy to include all sorts of exciting fictions to amp up the suspense, whose entertainment intentions are clear. The execution is clean, sharp and rock-solid. It's as apolitical as a political crisis story set in Iran can get. But "the first rule in any deception operation is to understand who your audience is." -- Michael Phillips<Br><Br><a href=http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/movies/sc-mov-argo-movie-review-20121010,0,983178.column>Read the full "Argo" movie review</a>

( October 11, 2012 )

R; 2:00 running time


The propulsive hostage thriller "Argo," the third feature directed by Ben Affleck, just plain works. It's heartening to encounter a film, based on fact but happy to include all sorts of exciting fictions to amp up the suspense, whose entertainment intentions are clear. The execution is clean, sharp and rock-solid. It's as apolitical as a political crisis story set in Iran can get. But "the first rule in any deception operation is to understand who your audience is." -- Michael Phillips

Read the full "Argo" movie review

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