The rescuer - Page 2

'Gigli' is forgiven: 70s thriller 'Argo' is Ben Affleck's best yet

|
()
Alan Arkin and Ben Affleck plan a fake movie in Argo.
PHOTO BY CLAIRE FOLGER

Argo is Affleck's third film — the first not set in Boston, and the second that Affleck himself stars in. Though he cast his brother, Casey Affleck, in 2007's Gone Baby Gone, he gave himself the lead in 2010's The Town, a decision that ended up being one of the film's weak links. ("Oh look," my movie going companion pointed out during The Town's forced-soulful denouement. "He escaped to Beardlandia!") But his turn in Argo is, refreshingly, more or less vanity-free — just one gratuitous shirtless scene! — a hopeful sign that Affleck the actor may finally be giving Affleck the director the upper hand.

 

ARGO opens Fri/12 in Bay Area theaters.

Related articles

  • Reel pride

    What to see (or skip) as the huge Frameline 38 LGBT film festival takes over the city

  • Puff piece

    Music-manager doc 'Supermensch' doth gush too much

  • Anxious art

    Striking 'Masterpieces of Polish Cinema' at the PFA -- with a strange Jerry Garcia(!) twist

  • Also from this author

  • High fly

    A baseball legend comes to life in 'No No: A Dockumentary'

  • Hot tickets

    FALL ARTS 2014 Film season unspools at a theater (or a park or museum) near you

  • (Un)deadpan

    Aubrey Plaza slays in 'Life After Beth'