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ARGO
September 7, 2013  | By David Bianculli

HBO, 8:00 p.m. ET

 

This 2012 Best Picture Oscar-winner, directed by and starring Ben Affleck, is a well-made hrill ride from start to finish – even though the finish departs wildly from the reality of the fascinating true-life story on which it’s based. But the story itself, about a wildly improbable plan to return a half-dozen American embassy employees to safety after the takeover of the American embassy in Iran in 1979, needs no embellishment. And the performances here are wonderful – not only by Affleck, but by supporting actors Alan Arkin and John Goodman, who energize every frame of film in which they appear.

 
 
 
 
 
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