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 as 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.
Argo was directed by Ben Affleck; written by Chris Terrio, from Joshuah Bearman's article "Escape From Tehran"; and stars Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman and Victor Garber. Rated R. Click here for show times and theaters.