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I can’t remember this ever happening to me before: I was literally in tears for parts of Argo, a purely physical reaction, not an emotional one, to deal with the tension. The only other option would have been to moan out loud, the film is almost that unbearably nerve-wracking. And this is even though I was aware of the general outcome, if not all the details, of the story I was watching. That isn’t only some serious movie magic, it’s a downright master class in suspense filmmaking from director Ben Affleck (The Town, Gone Baby Gone). Everybody else: This is how it’s done. But... Oh man, I’m laughing to myself again merely recalling how fantastic Argo is just on the plane of visceral cinematic experience. Because when I wasn’t doubled over in anxious agony, I was laughing out loud -- another thing I rarely »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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