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Affleck’s ‘Argo’ resolves ‘70s crisis

Bryan Cranston, left, is Jack O’Donnell and Ben Affleck is Tony Mendez in “Argo,”  a rescue thriller about the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. (Claire Folger/Warner Bros.)
Bryan Cranston, left, is Jack O’Donnell and Ben Affleck is Tony Mendez in “Argo,” a rescue thriller about the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. (Claire Folger/Warner Bros.)
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A movie about the 1979 Iran hostage crisis probably doesn’t sound like it would be a laugh riot — or should be — but that’s just one of the many ways in which “Argo” is a glorious, gripping surprise. Directing his third feature, Ben Affleck has come up with a seamless blend of detailed international drama and breathtaking suspense, with just the right amount of dry humor to provide context and levity. He shows a ...


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