A major factor in the current film-awards season, director and star Ben Affleck's superbly staged drama is the true story of a CIA effort to get several American diplomats out of Iran during the late-1970s hostage crisis.

Affleck plays the agent who poses as a producer scouting locations for a supposed sci-fi movie - "Argo" - and races the clock to retrieve the would-be captives by having them pretend to be his crew. The first-rate cast also includes Alan Arkin, John Goodman (as "Planet of the Apes" makeup master John Chambers), Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad"), Victor Garber and Kyle Chandler ("Friday Night Lights"). **** (R: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)

<a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AHTYI5M/ref=nosim/?tag=zap2it07-20"><b>Buy 'Argo' on DVD</b></a>.

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